Baptism is an important step in our journey towards exaltation. Article of faith number 4 (part of the 13 articles of faith that outline the beliefs of our religion)  states,

“We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Like the article of faith says, we are baptized for the remission of sins.  When you’re baptized, you become clean.  Heavenly Father forgives everything you have done wrong, and it is as though they never happened.  Like when you take a bath after playing in the mud, baptism takes all the bad things you’ve done and washes them away.

When you are baptized, you also make a covenant, or a promise, with God. You promise to take upon you the name of Jesus Christ, always remember Him, keep His commandments, and serve Him to the end.  This means that no matter where you are–at church, at school, at work, or at home, you try your best to remember Christ and follow his example by acting the way he would act and by doing what he would do.  If we keep our promise, God promises to bless us in return.  We are blessed with the right to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost and with the ability to repent and return to live with Him someday.

In sum, when we are baptized we become official members of Christ’s Church, our sins are washed away, and we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Every week when we partake of the sacrament, we renew these covenants and promises.  Every Sunday we have the opportunity to have our sins washed away and be blessed once more as we try our best to keep the commandments and follow Christ’s example.

A few years ago, President Uchtdorf, the second counselor to the prophet of our Church, gave a talk where he compared our lives to a Fairy Tale.  The words “Once Upon a Time” are used to begin almost all fairy tales.  Baptism is that “Once Upon a Time,” which begins our quest to return to our Heavenly Father.  Every person’s path will be filled with the “dragons” of trials and temptation., but we can also find Fairy Godmothers in the righteous leaders and teachers around us that help guide us along the way.

If we make a mistake, we can repent and become pure just like we are when we first enter the baptismal gate.  As we continue to choose the right by keeping the commandments and doing as Christ would do, we come closer to Him, and come closer to returning to our Father in Heaven and living Happily Ever After.

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