October 23 – Mark 1:4-5; “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.”
A quick study of John the Baptist tells us that he was a holy man of God. If the scripture stands correct then why was he allowed to baptize Jesus? He wasn’t a priest in the temple and ate food not lawful to the Jews.
According to the Mormon Church he wasn’t “qualified” to baptize anyone, let alone Jesus! Their own rules make what John did illegal.
“Man cannot act legally in the name of the Lord unless he is vested with the priesthood, which is divine authority. No man has the power or the right to take this honor to himself. Unless he is called of God, as was Aaron, he has no authority to officiate in any of the ordinances of the gospel; should he do so his act is not valid or recognized in the heavens. The Lord has said his house is a house of order, and he has given the commandment that no man shall come unto the Father but by his divine law which is established in the heavens.” Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3: 80.