Saturday, September 26, 2015

Born of Water

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
—2 Nephi 31:13



As Christ's voice sounds again on earth, many have come to believe the Doctrine of Christ (3 Nephi 11:32-40) and are seeking authorized baptism. Unfortunately, too many of these people are isolated throughout the world, away from other believers, and unable to receive this important ordinance, simply because they don't know of an authorized officiator.
There's now a website designed to help the situation: www.BornOfWater.org.

The idea resulted from a situation where an isolated brother in Europe contacted me and asked if I knew anyone in Europe who could baptize him. It turned out that a friend of mine, who has power to baptize, had been in the very country where this man resides, just a week prior. Had these two men known about each other, the baptism could have been arranged, but the opportunity passed simply because it was not known. The purpose of the site is to make connections like this in the future. 

Everything is confidential and private, while still allowing these important introductions to take place. 

If you desire baptism, but lack an authorized officiator, I hope you'll post your request there.

A Note to Priesthood Holders

If you have authority from Christ to baptize, and have been properly sustained in one of the fellowships, I hope you'll make yourself available to others who desperately need what you can offer. Service like this, born of love, is the very essence of priesthood.

We want people be able to trust that their information will only be seen by baptizers who have been verified, so there is a verification step required when you apply. Please don't let this deter you from signing up and offering baptism to others. The idea is that you can help not only those in your particular area, but also those in other areas, if you happen to travel, as in the Europe example I gave.

I know for a fact there are many people around the world waiting and praying for someone to baptize them. Some have contacted me. Let's do all we can to help them.


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7 comments:

  1. Adrian, is there a mechanism to inform the site when we are traveling? For example, I'm going to Ireland in December, but I can't look at a list of persons requesting baptism and they can't see ableist of persons traveling to their country. How does this site put the two together?

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    1. Thanks for asking. If you apply to be a baptizer on the site, you'll be able to see those requesting baptism, sorted by area. So you could check before your trip for anyone in Ireland, and contact them to make the arrangements.

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    2. Adrian, Thank you for this site. I travel frequently for business and have often felt that if I knew someone in the area I was traveling to needed/desired baptism I would like to fulfill that desire. I registered with this new site yesterday and have already found someone in an area I am traveling to next month who desires baptism. This site is going to be an enormous blessing for all involved.

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  2. Hi Adrian,

    My situation is a little different. I was re-baptized shortly after the 10th lecture by someone who had been sustained by 7 women. However, I felt like I have not received the promised outpouring of the Holy Ghost. It's been over a year now and I have begun to lose confidence. I know Denver said to have patience but at what point do I simply try again with someone else? Maybe that person really didn't have authority? The church would have be believe that the problem is with me but all I desire is to have the Lord fix what's wrong with me. I can't do it myself. I feel like I'm getting left behind here.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      I guess I have two opinions, and they are both just my opinion, so please take them as such.

      First, there's certainly nothing wrong with being baptized again. I would suggest it's still most important that you prepare yourself personally through repentance, dedication, fasting if necessary, etc., to go into the water with real intent and faith in Christ.

      Second, the reception of the baptism of fire is somewhat elusive, and the path to it is different for every person. My path was desperation. My wife's path was sacrifice. I know others whose path was earnestly seeking over the course of weeks.

      It's possible you have already received the outpouring and not realized it. It's worth asking the Lord whether you have.

      Remember, the Holy Ghost is first and foremost a revelator. It enlightens your mind so you comprehend more truth. It's quite possible you're already enjoying, but not recognizing, this companionship.

      Well, I hope something in there is helpful. Don't give up. It is real and delightful.

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    2. Do you think that just because someone was sustained by seven women that they have the authority to baptize?

      I would follow the Spirit. If you are prompted to get rebaptized, then do it.

      The baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost will come. But I would not expect to receive it just because someone was sustained by seven women.

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  3. Sometimes it comes slowly. And there's nothing wrong with that.

    That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

    D&C 50:24

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