Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Day 31:" Alma’s Invitation" Mosiah 18-22 pgs 180-190
Mosiah 18:  And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;
 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life --
 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
 And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed: This is the desire of our hearts.
 And now it came to pass that Alma took Helam, he being one of the first, and went and stood forth in the water, and cried, saying: O Lord, pour out thy Spirit upon thy servant, that he may do this work with holiness of heart.
 And when he had said these words, the Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he said: Helam, I baptize thee, having authority from the Almighty God, as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him until you are dead as to the mortal body; and may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you; and may he grant unto you eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared from the foundation of the world.
 And after Alma had said these words, both Alma and Helam were buried in the water; and they arose and came forth out of the water rejoicing, being filled with the Spirit.
And what does God Covenant with us in return?
that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life --
that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
may the Spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you; and may he grant unto you eternal life, through the redemption of Christ, whom he has prepared from the foundation of the world.
Incredibly powerful promises, aren't they?
I can't pass this up without including it in this testimony blog. I’m beginning to feel this blog is my spiritual legacy for my family. They won’t listen to my testimony now, but maybe sometime after I am dead, my voice, like the Book of Mormon, will whisper from the dust (cyber dust in this case) to proclaim my testimony of Christ to them.
If any of my children, grand-children or even great grand-children read these words, then this is my invitation to you to come unto Christ and be baptized. To take upon you his name, the only name given for the salvation of God’s children. To have his Spirit as your companion in all life’s trails, hardship and triumphs. To serve him through service to your fellow humans. To follow his example and commandments that will lead you to God the Eternal Father’s presence.
Joseph Smith Jr.
LDS or Mormon