Today's Favorite Verse: Moroni 8:15-16, 19
"For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism.
Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear.
Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, for they are all alive in him because of his mercy."
I cannot help but think of the parents of small children that grieved for their little babies that died before being christened or baptized. What joy must fill their hearts to know their children were alive in Christ and had no need for baptism. They are covered by the mercy of the Lord.
The corrupt practice of infant baptism began at the ending of the Nephite nation. When they were ripe for destruction. This wicked practice began again during the apostasy, when man was again capable of saying an infant was sinful and could not enter heaven because they died before baptism. This was a man made doctrine and has no bases is the Church of Christ.
As wicked as the practice of infant baptism is, I cannot help but think of the good that came from this. Not that something that didn't need to saved was, but that the act caused the life of a child to be recorded. Sometimes these church records are the only recording of the life of a child that died, or the parents for an adult. These records have blessed me in my genealogy efforts. I love how God finds a way to bless his children despite man's efforts to pervert them. A far greater blessing awaited these children and their parents, that this information would be used for the eternities. These families were meant to be forever.
Day 416 Tami Fitzgerald Harris