Baptism and Confirmation

“Baptism and Confirmation,” Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings (2018).

“Baptism and Confirmation,” Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings.

Baptism and Confirmation


Performance of this ordinance requires authorization from a priesthood leader who holds the appropriate keys or who functions under the direction of a person who holds those keys.

Witnesses of a Baptism

Two priests or Melchizedek Priesthood holders witness each baptism to make sure it is performed properly. The baptism must be repeated if the words are not spoken exactly as given in Doctrine and Covenants 20:73 or if part of the person’s body or clothing is not immersed completely.

Instructions for Performing a Baptism

Under the direction of the presiding authority, a priest or Melchizedek Priesthood holder may perform the ordinance of baptism. To do so, he:

  1. Stands in the water with the person to be baptized.

  2. Holds the person’s right wrist with his left hand (for convenience and safety); the person who is being baptized holds the priesthood holder’s left wrist with his or her left hand.

  3. Raises his right arm to the square.

  4. States the person’s full name and says, “Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:73).

  5. Has the person hold his or her nose with the right hand (for convenience); then the priesthood holder places his right hand high on the person’s back and immerses the person completely, including the person’s clothing.

  6. Helps the person come up out of the water.

Confirmation and the Gift of the Holy Ghost

A person is confirmed a member of the Church and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost after being baptized (see Doctrine and Covenants 20:41). A person becomes a member of the Church only after the ordinances of baptism and confirmation are both completed and properly recorded (see John 3:5; Doctrine and Covenants 33:11).

Under the direction of the bishopric, one or more Melchizedek Priesthood holders may participate in a confirmation. They place their hands lightly on the person’s head. Then the person who performs the ordinance:

  1. States the person’s full name.

  2. States that the ordinance is performed by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

  3. Confirms the person a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  4. Uses the words “Receive the Holy Ghost” (not “receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”).

  5. Gives words of blessing as the Spirit directs.

  6. Closes in the name of Jesus Christ.