Doctrine & Covenants 128:15
“And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers–that they without us cannot be made perfect–neither can we without our dead be made perfect.”
While in hiding from danger and persecution, Joseph Smith wrote letters to other Church leaders about baptism for the dead. The principle of baptism for the dead had been revealed, but the details about how it should be done had not been fully established. Joseph Smith explained that careful records should be kept, including the names, dates, witnesses, and so forth. Keeping accurate records of ordinances is important, because “whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven” (D&C 128:8).
Jesus said that we must be baptized to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5). Because Heavenly Father loves us, He gives everyone the opportunity for baptism. He has authorized baptisms to be performed by proxy for those who have died without the opportunity to be baptized. A living person who has already been baptized, often a descendant, can be baptized in behalf of the deceased person in temples.
“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.” Richard G. Scott
Immersion is the dipping of something in liquid so that it is completely covered. When we are baptized by immersion we are completely covered with water. When eating “Immersion Cookies” completely immerse (dunk) cookies into a cold glass of milk.
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