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Dear Gramps,

Why wasn’t the Savior baptized when He was eight? Since we are to follow His example this is confusing. It is my understanding that baptism was around even before the Savior’s time. If it was, then at what age were people baptized? Just wondering. Thanks.




Dear Jean,

Jesus was to be baptized by John, and they were the same age.  Should Jesus at age eight have been baptized by another eight-year-old? The law is not that we should be baptized when eight years old, but that the age of eight is the minimum age at which we should be baptized. Rather than focusing on the example of chronology, we should follow the Savior in the example of the kind of life he lived.



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