Jesus taught that we must be baptized by immersion for the remission, or forgiveness, of our sins. It is an essential ordinance of salvation. No person can enter into the kingdom of God without being baptized. Christ set the example for us by being baptized himself by John the Baptist. Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Savior. In a similar way it represents the end of our old life of sin and a commitment to live a new life as a disciple of Christ. When we are baptized we begin the process of being born again.
An ordinance is a sacred ceremony or rite that shows that we have entered into a covenant with God. The ordinance of baptism, when performed by someone who has authority from God, is the first ordinance we partake of to show God that we have entered into a covenant with Him. As stated previously, every covenant comes with a blessing. With baptism, God promises us to have the Holy Ghost, his Spirit, to be with us at all times, as we remain worthy of the promises we made through baptism. Those promises include:
1. Keeping his commandments
2. Always remembering Him (Jesus Christ)
3. Taking upon us the name of Christ. In other words, we promise to strive to conduct our lives as Christ; would at all times.