Friday, October 30, 2015

Why Won't the Church let her be Baptized?

A friend told me that she had seen a "reality" show on TV where a young woman wanted to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but wasn't being allowed to join. She wanted to know why. Here is my answer. 

I have no idea what is really going on with that show, but I am very suspicious of emotional pleas on "reality" shows. As long as this is a publicity item, it probably won't happen. Also, you can not join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just because you "are willing". You have to take a series of lessons which teach you about the principles of the Gospel. Next, you must have an interview with a Church leader to make sure you understand the principles and are willing to live these principles which include such things as the Word of Wisdom (laws of health), Chastity, and Tithing Only after you demonstrate that you understand what you are committing to and have sincerely repented of all you have done which is wrong, are you allowed to be baptized. When you are baptized you commit with all your heart to keep all the commandments of God. You are not baptized to be a "Mormon", but a disciple of Jesus Christ. Afterwards, you can be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Here is a good place to learn more about the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.