How to be an apostate pastor in the LDS Church
The first part of my mission to the LDS church began in November 2006.
In June 2007, I had the privilege of visiting my parents and sister in Utah.
The experience of that first visit was one of my best.
It was the first time I had been to a temple, and it was the only time I saw a church building.
I felt like I had anointed my way into a temple.
That was the beginning of my baptismal experience in early January 2008.
While in the temple, I received the first blessing I had ever received from my Heavenly Father.
This is a key point that has been overlooked by many.
First, it was something I was not expecting to receive, and, second, it is something I had not prepared for.
So what is the meaning of the “first blessing” and how does it relate to my mission?
First, the first thing to say is that the “second blessing” refers to the actual baptism.
As we know from LDS history, this is when the Lord commanded Joseph Smith to baptize all of his children in the house of the Lord.
Here is what he said: “And behold, I have appointed thee, which is the chief of all thy brethren, to baptise the children of thy people, and the Gentiles who are with thee in the city of David.”(D&C 2:5–6.)
In this same scripture, He also said that He would baptize everyone that was “with thee in that house of God.”(John 14:28.)
When He did this, He did not call upon the Lord to do it again.
Instead, He chose to make a covenant with His children, by making it a requirement that they all partake of the same baptism.
(See Luke 5:30–31.)
This was a new covenant that they were not making with the Lord, as He had previously made it a covenant for His children.
This was an agreement that they could not break.
Second, this second blessing also refers to a covenant made between the parents of Jesus Christ and the parents and children of the apostles.
This is also a covenant that was not made between parents and sons, or between parents, and children.
The same is true of baptism.
We can say that the parents were the covenantgivers.
Third, when we talk about “the second blessing,” we mean baptism by immersion, or by immersion baptism.
This means that when you go into the temple you have a choice between being baptized in the name of Jesus, or the name that He has given you.(See D&C 62:6–7.)
And when you do the immersion, you have to make sure that you are completely clean before you come out of the temple.
You are not allowed to touch anything in the sanctuary, including your clothing, but that does not mean that you cannot touch anything inside the sanctuary that you choose to do.
You can put on whatever you want, and you can touch whatever you wish.
This immersion baptism was the baptism that took place at the time when I first came into the church.
And this is what the “last blessing” means.
When you do that immersion baptism, you are not supposed to leave the temple until you have received the second blessing.(Dies 1:17.)
So it means that if you are baptized in a temple that you do not receive, you must come out again to be baptized in that temple.
And this is not because you are being asked to do something that you were not prepared to do, but because you did not receive the second and third blessings that are required for you to receive them.
This baptism is not a part of a larger, formal ceremony.
It is not required for salvation.
It does not come from God.
It is a spiritual, personal baptism.
And this spiritual baptism is the baptism in which you will be baptized for the rest of your life.
(see D&Cs 42:1–8; see also Alma 33:2–6; 3:3–6, 7; D&S 1:29–31; Dies 1, 2, 3.)