Why Do We Baptize Children?

In the LDS tradition we baptize children at eight years old.   It's an important rite of passage in our culture and usually accompanied by a program (prayers, song, talk, song, prayer), a family get-together, a lunch or dinner, and an outpouring of love for the child.  It's a big day and it's all well and... Continue Reading →

The Curious Case of D&C 45 (“Wounded in the House of My Friends”)

It's interesting to go back and reread things with a new perspective and see what I might have missed the first time or ten--especially with Joseph Smith's revelations. It's now pretty easy to recognize when Joseph draws on on the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament in constructing his revelations. D&C 45 is another revelation... Continue Reading →

The Meridian of Time v. The Fulness of Time

In the Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ formally adopted on April 6, 1830 we read, "...that as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name, and endure in faith to the end, should be saved—Not only those who believed after he came in the meridian of time, in the flesh, but all those from... Continue Reading →

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