Today, Easter Monday, I went with my friends the Stevensons, Paul and Lydia, to the Temple of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, in Surrey.
The purpose of my visit was to undergo some baptisms on behalf of people who have passed on to the spirit world, at the request of one of the congregation members.
The Baptistry is a beautiful building, made of white marble. The Church officials welcomed us, and I was given two shimmering white jump suits (like overalls) and boxer shorts, one for the baptism, and one for the confirmation.
There were four of us from the Ilford chapel visiting Surrey to undergo the baptisms.
Bernard was first. He walked down into the circular pool which is surrounded by glass balcony, overlooking and sitting over statues of the Twelve Oxen.
Bernard was submerged in the water fifteen times. Amen.
I was next. It was a great expreience, fifteen baptisms done in quick succession. Two of the baptisms were very joyful for me. There was a humorous chap who enjoyed being baptised in spirit. I visualised a man in a hat being so happy he was being baptised.
The second gentleman was very joyful also, and gave me a hug. I am glad I baptised on their behalf.
I dried myself, put on the second pair of clothes, and sat in the sitting room, and read the Book of Mormons. In particular, Helaman 3, Verse 30, seemed the inspired verse for the occassion. I also read that as baptisms increased and the congregations grew, the churches prospered and so did the communities housing them. That too is a clue for today.
Little while later, Brother Stevenson put his hands on my head and confirmed the baptism of each of the gentlemen for whom I had been immersed in the circular pool with a painting of Christ and St John above it, showing the sacred authority of this practice of baptism.
In the name of Jesus the Christ, I feel those souls will be joyful in peace.
(Brother Dadlani, Aaronic Preisthood Holder)