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Rebaptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

TitleRebaptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsStapley, Jonathan A., and David W. Grua
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
Volume61
Issue3
Pagination59–96
KeywordsBaptism; Church Discipline; Latter-day Saint History (1847-1893); Latter-day Saint History (1893-1955); Priesthood Ordinance; Rebaptism; Remission of Sins; Renewal of Covenants; Sessions, Patty; Temple Worship; United Order
Abstract

This article briefly explores how early Latter-day Saints approached the question of what constitutes valid baptism and then documents and analyzes the three modes of rebaptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: (1) as a function of church discipline, (2) voluntarily for the remission of sins, and (3) for the renewal of covenants. Evident from this analysis is that rebaptism was prominent within the development of Latter-day Saint covenant theology and its resulting distinctions from other Christian traditions.