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If we are testifying, others will come to Him.
When others come, their will be evidence, or “fruit” (see Galatians 5:22,23) that shows and demonstrates they are truly ready and worthy of baptism (verse 1).
Neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnessed unto the church that they truly repented of all their sins (verse 2).
This is why we take the missionary discussions seriously, because consent – even for baptism – means fully understanding what you are agreeing to, and being fully prepared to live up to those baptismal covenants. The evidence of preparation will be changes made in individual behavior and interactions with others. There will be a quitting of some things, and a restitution of other things.
There will also be a service that begins in some way, some adding upon, some becoming unique to that person that is evidence they are beginning to take upon them the name of Christ, serving Him by serving others (verse 3).
All of these things are preparation also for the temple, and it is this ongoing process that needs the time of waiting before making covenants in the temple. One cannot make more covenants until one has first kept the covenants they have made thus far.
When the person is ready for baptism, this mikveh does cleanse them of all things of the past, and justice is met and mercy is found. The Lord remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17; Alma 36:19, D&C 58:42). We may remember some things, so as not to repeat them, but they do not sting and burn like they did before. This is the cleansing “by the power of the Holy Ghost” (verse 4).
When someone is baptized, they are brought fully into church participation, with callings and assignments. There is Scripture Study, and Gospel Principles, and Visiting Teaching, just like everyone else does. It is by prayer and study and service that we are “nourished by the good word of God”, and this is how the Holy Spirit does “keep them in the right way” (verse 4). The purpose is to:
keep them continually watchful unto prayer,
relying alone upon the merits of Christ,
who was the author and finisher of their faith.
As part of the church people, we all meet together regularly and often, to fast and to pray, and to “speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls” (verse 5).
We meet every Sunday together, plus other events and meetings.
We share a monthly community fast, as well as any individual fastings.
We pray together, and for one another, both publicly and privately.
We speak together about the welfare of our souls, which is to testify in such a way that is mutually edifying, so that we are all lifted up unto Christ.
This is not ugliness, or silliness, or gossip. It all should point to Christ.
We take sacrament every week, to remember Christ and what He has done for us (verse 6), and to renew our covenants and make new ones.
And they were strict to observe that there should be no iniquity among them (verse 7)
We do not judge or condemn others, but we also do not approve of sin. We love the people, and all our interactions should be lifting up towards Christ. We must not harm others in our interactions or by failing to keep our covenants. We have the Bishopric of three especially called to help us in these good things and good interactions, and to call us to repentance when we stray, and to help us return to the Lord (verse 7).
As oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven (verse 8).
So we can return to the Lord, and be forgiven, when we seek Him truly and sincerely. It also means we must let others repent, being quick to forgive and consistent in unity, providing to others the same grace and mercy we ourselves have been given.
This is how the Holy Spirit works through the organization of the church to rescue individuals, “for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done” (verse 9).