Baptism: Come As a Child


©1981 by Susan Noyes Anderson

Wherefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive,

for of such is the kingdom of God” 3 Nephi 9:22.


“Today I was baptized,” the young boy said.

“Know what that means?

Dad put me underwater,

He said it would make me clean.


“No, not that kind of clean, you guys,

not like a bath would do.

I guess what he meant was clean inside…

way, deep inside of you.


“And then he put his hands up

on my head and promised me

that from now on, I’d have a friend

to love and comfort me.


“The Holy Ghost…Hey, not that kind of ghost.

Come on, you guys.

What he meant was a Spirit…

loving, kind and very wise.


“And you know what? I did feel

kinda nice and warm inside…

and special, really special,

like when someone’s on your side.


“Well, that’s what getting baptized means,”

the young man proudly said;

“except it means that, from now on,

I’ve got to use my head…


“My head, my heart and all my might

to listen to the voice

of that sweet Spirit deep inside

each time I make a choice.


“Cause Dad says that I’ve promised

to remember Jesus Christ,

and that’s just what I’ll try to do

now that I’ve been baptized.”