In the words of Moroni, a person who was baptized by a minor priesthood authority in the various branches of the restoration does not need baptism again, but needs to receive the confirmation or gift of the Holy Ghost by hands of Joseph Frederick Smith, or of elders called by him now. Then when their names are confirmed a member of the Church in 06 april of 2019 – they become a member of the church that will be restructured on this day. That is, even if the baptism is from another branch of the restoration, Moroni states that it has validity, because the Lord did not abandon the believers of the Book of Mormon, but only took away the Greater Priesthood. “So he can be confirmed a member of the Church.” But if they can not be confirmed as having received baptism by the authority of the Aaronic priesthood, then there must be a new baptism, followed by confirmation. There will be those who are already baptized that will choose to rename (Rebaptize) as members of church restructured.
In the scriptures we have the example of Paul who, finding about 12 disciples of John the Baptist who were already baptized, baptized them again and gave them the Holy Ghost, since they had not received it before (Acts 19: 1-7).
Although the text of Acts 19: 1-7 may be controversial to the understanding of some scholars of theology, it can not be ignored that the New Testament distinguishes between the Baptism effected by John, who called to repentance in the name of God (The Father) and, as precursor of the Messiah, John announced Jesus (the Son).
In contrast, the baptism commissioned by Jesus involves the name of the Father, the Son and the “Holy Ghost”.
In other words, the apostle Paul is saying to the disciples of John, who had not yet heard of the Holy Spirit (which occurred after Pentecost), but only about the Messiah who would come after John, who now should receive baptism of Christ, which corresponds to the order given by Jesus in Matthew 28: 18-19 Inspired Version.
This is clearer still when one reads the text of Acts 18: 24 and 28 (Inspired Version) in which Apollos knows and preaches fervently about Jesus Christ (as John taught about Jesus), but Apollos knowing only the baptism of John.
As it occurs later with the twelve disciples, this indicates a process noticeable in Paul’s day.
24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue, whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him, who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace;
28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, showing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. _ Acts 18: 24 and 28 (Inspired Version)
In general, when the Church is formally established or there is a new beginning for a ministry or dispensation, those who have been baptized will be able to be baptized again. In the scriptures we see that Alma, who already possessed the priesthood — and therefore had already been baptized — for baptism must necessarily precede receiving the priesthood, was “buried in the water” (Mosiah 9:45 RLDS), but his baptism had another purpose: to begin and organize the Church of God again among his people (Mosiah 9: 49-50 RLDS).
As for authority of priesthood Alma, in the Book of Mormon, as we read in the text quoted below states:
“I, Alma, having been consecrated by my father, Alma, to be a high priest over the church of God, he (Father) having power and authority from God to do these things, behold, I say unto you that he began to establish a church in the land which was in the borders of Nephi, \Yea, the land which was called the land of Mormon; yea, and he did baptize his brethren in the waters of Mormon.” (Alma 3: 3-4 RLDS)
Moreover we read in Mosiah 9:43-51 RLDS (verse 43) 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.
Which corresponds to a prayer of Alma to God before the baptism so that the Holy Spirit is present in this ceremony, just as we make present our prayers before beginning the baptism.
Mos 9:44 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 [here it is clear that he already had the proper authority of the priesthood to baptize] 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.
Mos 9:45 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.
Mos 9:46 And again, Alma took another, and went forth a second time into the water, and baptized him according to the first, only he did not bury himself again in the water.
Mos 9:47 And after this manner he did baptize everyone that went forth to the place of Mormon; and they were in number about two hundred and four souls;
Mos 9:48 Yea, and they were baptized in the waters of Mormon and were filled with the grace of God;
Mos 9:49 And they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward.
Mos 9:50 And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority of God was added to his church.
Mos 9:51 And it came to pass that Alma, having authority from God, ordained priests; even one priest to every fifty of their number did he ordain to preach unto them and to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
How could Alma ordain priests if he were not a priest authorized by God?
This would be contrary to the order of the heavens.
This same kind of rebaptism is found in the case of Joseph Smith. He was baptized with Oliver Cowdery in 1829 – and was baptized again on April 6, 1830.
Although this information is not available in the RLDS church history articles, it is well known in the history of the LDS church, in the words of Joseph Fielding Smith in Doctrines of Salvation, volume 2, page 332 in Portuguese or page 426 in English.
“WhenJesus appeared to the Nephites on this continent, he commanded them to be baptized, though they had already been baptized for the remission of sins. We read how angels exercised ministry daily with Nephi; as Nephi baptized all who came to be baptized for the remission of sins; how he organized the Church and even raised his brother from death, since he held the priesthood. Then we read how the Savior ordered Nephi and the people to be baptized again because he had organized the Church according to the Gospel.”
The Lord is organizing his church again according to your Gospel. Only after confirming church members, and call again priests and elders everything will be in order. Those who received the Priesthood earlier, as did some here in Brazil, was due to a special calling in the words of Moroni, so that all things (high priesthood and their keys) would be restored. But the rest of the issue should occur by hands Joseph F Smith now, confirming the members of the Church when the church of Jesus Christ is officially restructured.
Until then, many truths regarding this matter will be revealed to His people by the Lord.
Mauricio Artur Berger,
Prophet, Seer, Revelator, Translator
High Priest of the Holy Order of the Son of God
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