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KnoWhy #279 - Why Did Joseph and Oliver Seek Authority to Baptize? (3 Nephi 11:24-25)
TitleKnoWhy #279 - Why Did Joseph and Oliver Seek Authority to Baptize? (3 Nephi 11:24-25)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAlma the Elder; Alma the Younger; Authority; Baptism; Early Church History; John the Baptist; Joseph Smith; Oliver Cowdery; Ordination; Ponder; Priesthood; Revelation; Translation; Waters of Mormon

During the process of translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery went into the woods to pray concerning baptism and authority. In response, the Lord sent John the Baptist to confer upon them the Aaronic Priesthood. Some may wonder what it was, in the first place, that initiated Joseph and Oliver’s concern about this subject. A careful study of the text suggests that in the translation process up to that point they would have come across multiple references to baptism and priesthood authority—topics which culminated in importance in 3 Nephi. Oliver explained that after translating the account of the Savior’s ministry, they naturally wanted to show a willingness of the heart “by being buried in the liquid grave.”

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Scripture Reference

3 Nephi 11:24-25