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Is It Necessary To Baptize Small Children - Infants? 


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It seems to be the belief of some religions that our first earthly parents were sinful people.  That through their "transgression" in the Garden of Eden everyone born after that time came forth into this "sinful" world.  Apparently because of that little children are born sinners - thus baptism is essential immediately after birth.

It is my testimony that little children are sinless and held blameles before the Lord.  That Satan has been firbidden to tempt little children.  Children come into this world clean and as pure as when they left the presence of their Father in Heaven just immediately before.

Read what modern day apostles and prophets have to say about "infant baptism".

Richards, Franklin D., and James A. Little, eds. A Compendium of the Doctrines of the Gospel. Salt Lake City, Utah: Desert News Company, 1882.

The Fall of Adam
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"Honor thy Father and thy Mother." This was one of the ten special commandments given to Israel, during a grand display of God s power and glory on Mount Sinai.
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In the past centuries of darkness it appears to have lost its significance with the Christian world. They do not appear to realize that honor is due to the first parents of the human race. They have been long taught that Adam and Eve were great transgressors, and have mourned over the fact that they partook of the forbidden fruit and brought death into the world.
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There is no possibility that the fall of man was an accident or chance, any more than was his creation. If an accident, then why was Christ prepared from before the foundation of the world as a propitiation for sin, and to open up the way for man to immortality?
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Christ's mediation was a sequence of the fall. "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins;" Acts 5.31. Without the fall there would there would have been no broken law, and therefore nothing to repent of; and there could be no forgiveness of sin without the atonement of Christ.

McConkie, Bruce R. Mormon Doctrine. 2d ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1966.

Original Sin Theory
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See ACCOUNTABILITY, ADAM, AGENCY, ATONEMENT OF CHRIST, BAPTISM, FALL OF ADAM, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION THEORY, INFANT BAPTISM, REDEMPTION, REPENTANCE, SALVATION, SALVATION OF CHILDREN, YEARS OF ACCOUNTABILITY. In contrast to the doctrines of free agency and personal accountability for sin, modern Christendom has the false doctrine of original sin. Although the scriptures abundantly show "that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression" (Second Article of Faith; Articles of Faith, pp. 57-73), the common view is that all men are tainted with sin and denied blessings because of Adam's fall.
550
"Original sin," according to Catholic theology, is "the hereditary stain with which we are born on account of our origin or descent from Adam. ... Original sin is the privation of sanctifying grace in consequence of the sin of Adam," and it can only be "effaced by baptism." (Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 11, pp. 312-315.) Infant baptism, therefore, is a necessary corollary to the doctrine of original sin. Since "those who die in original sin are deprived of the happiness of heaven" (Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 2, pp. 258-274), according to their view, it is easy to see why they think infants must be baptized. One false doctrine begets another.
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Protestant views about so-called original sin are similar. The Church of England, for instance, teaches that original sin "is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is ingendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the spirit; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and condemnation." This "condemnation" is removed only "for them that believe and are baptized." (Book of Common Prayer, The Anglican Church of Canada, pp. 662-663.)

Infant Baptism
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See ACCOUNTABILITY, ATONEMENT OF CHRIST, BAPTISM, CLINIC BAPTISMS, ORIGINAL SIN THEORY, REDEMPTION, REPENTANCE, SALVATION, SALVATION OF CHILDREN, STILLBORN CHILDREN, YEARS OF ACCOUNTABILITY. Infant baptism (pedo-baptism) is the practice of performing what is considered to be the ordinance of baptism for children, ordinarily for babies, who have not arrived at the years of accountability. Few practices constitute so gross a perversion of true Christian doctrine as does infant baptism, because the philosophical basis upon which it rests is one that denies the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Infant baptism assumes that all men are born in sin and that to be cleansed from this original sin they must be baptized; that is, its practice denies one of the most basic of all gospel truths, "That the Son of God hath atoned for original guilt, wherein the sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, for they are whole from the foundation of the world." (Moses 6:54.)
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Actually, baptism is a spiritual rebirth into the kingdom of God (meaning both the Church on earth and the celestial kingdom in heaven), and since little children are already alive in Christ because of his atoning sacrifice, they do not need to born again to spiritual things. Further: Baptism follows repentance and is for the remission of sins, and because little children cannot sin and have no need of repentance, the false practice of infant baptism is of no avail. (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 2, pp. 49-57.)
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Among a host of pointed denunciations of infant baptism, Mormon said: "It is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children. ... He that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell. For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism. Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. He that saith that little children need baptism denieth the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of his redemption. Wo unto such, for they are in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment." (Moro. 8:5-26.)

Burton, Rulon T. We Believe: Doctrines and Principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City, Utah: Tabernacle Books, 1994.

Children
072.  Children are innocent and are not under penalty of sin when born into mortality.
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith
It is a false doctrine which prevails in the world that children have to be cleansed from original sin. The posterity of Adam in no way whatever is subject to original sin. Even should parents be guilty, that does not place any sin on the soul of the child. Little children are not under the cloud of sin. MPSG1972-73:124
Joseph Smith
Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. (Revelation at Kirtland, Ohio, May 6, 1833) D&C 93:38
Delbert L. Stapley
We learn from this revelation [D&C 93:38] that in the beginning of mortal life all mankind is innocent before God and, therefore, is like the beginning river of water, pure and undefiled. As the polluted tributaries of water enter the main stream, our lives too become polluted when we allow tributaries of evil and wickedness to enter. It is these tributaries of evil we must be concerned about and fortify ourselves against. Wickedness never was happiness, but to the contrary, it is depressing; it destroys conscience and ultimately the spiritual life of the constant, erring individual. CR1971Oct:105
Mormon
Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God.  Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me.
9. And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.
10. Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.
11. And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism.  Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.
12. But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism 13. Wherefore, if little children could not be saved without baptism, these must have gone to an endless hell.
14. Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity, for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell.
15. For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism. (Mormon writes to his son Moroni, prior to A.D. 384) Moro.8:8-15
King Benjamin,
quoted by Mormon
And even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved; but I say unto you they are blessed; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature, they fall, even so the blood of Christ atoneth for their sins.
17. And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
18. For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy; but men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent. (King Benjamin makes known to the people the things told to him by an angel of God, about 124 B.C.) Mosiah 3:18
Related Witnesses:
Joseph Smith
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression. (The second of the thirteen Articles of Faith; letter to John Wentworth, March 1, 1842) AofF:2
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith
No matter what David said [Ps.51:5] "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me," he was not born in sin. In the midst of his sorrow because he violated the moral law, he may have felt his sin keenly and in this manner expressed himself, but this did not make the statement true that his parents were guilty of sin and that he partook of it in his birth. Let it be remembered that David was speaking only for and of himself, and that his words cannot in justice be universally applied.  MPSG1972-73:123
073.  Little children have no need of repentance or baptism.
James E. Talmage
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches as a doctrine founded on reason, justice, and scripture, that all children are innocent in the sight of God, and that, until they reach an age of personal responsibility, baptism is neither requisite nor proper in their behalf; that, in short, they are saved through the atonement of Christ. AF:79
Joseph Smith
"Do you believe in the baptism of infants?" asks the Presbyterian. No. "Why?" Because it is nowhere written in the Bible. Circumcision is not baptism, neither was baptism instituted in the place of circumcision. Baptism is for remission of sins. Children have no sins. Jesus blessed them and said, "Do what you have seen me do." Children are all made alive in Christ, and those of riper years through faith and repentance. (To the Saints in the Grove, Nauvoo, Ill., July 1843) HC5:499
Mormon
Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me.
9. And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.
10. Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.
11. And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism.  Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.
12. But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism 13. Wherefore, if little children could not be saved without baptism, these must have gone to an endless hell.
14. Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity, for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell.
15. For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism. (Mormon writes to his son Moroni, prior to A.D. 384) Moro.8:8-15
Joseph Smith
For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and children who have arrived at the years of accountability. (Revelation received June 1829)  D&C 18:42
Related Witnesses:
Jesus,
recorded in Matthew
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus ministers to the multitude) Matt.19:13-14
Jesus,
quoted by Mormon
And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
22. And when he had done this he wept again;
23. And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.
24. And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them. (The resurrected Jesus instructs the Nephite people, A.D. 34) 3Ne.17:21-24
Joseph Smith
No one can be received into the church of Christ unless he has arrived unto the years of accountability before God, and is capable of repentance. (Revelation on Church Organization and Government, April 1830)   D&C 20:71
Joseph Smith,
receiving the Word of the Lord
But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten;
47. Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;  (Revelation received in presence of six elders, Sept. 1830) D&C 29:46-47
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith
Since all mankind come into the world innocent so far as this mortal life is concerned, and there is no sin laid to their charge, should they die in their childhood before they are accountable for their deeds, it would be manifestly unjust to condemn them. . . . It is not the fault of little children who die that their parents do not come into the Church and refuse to accept the gospel. Through the mercy and justice of our Eternal Father, every soul is entitled to hear the gospel. If they do not have the privilege in this mortal life, then they will have it in the spirit world, where it is preached to the dead and even the dead will be judged according to their works. MPSG1972-73:120

074.  Little children who die before they reach the age of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom.
Joseph Smith
And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven. (Vision received in Kirtland Temple, Jan. 21, 1836) D&C 137:10
Joseph Smith
All who have died without a knowledge of this Gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God; also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom, for I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.
And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability, are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven. (The Prophet instructs the Twelve in Nauvoo, Ill., June 27, 1839) HC2:380-81
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith,
also quoting Joseph Smith
Little children who die before the age of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom. The Prophet Joseph Smith received this knowledge by vision in the Kirtland Temple, January 21, 1836. On that occasion it was shown that ". . . all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven." [HC2:381]  MPSG1972-73:120-21
President Joseph F. Smith,
quoted by Elder Joseph Fielding Smith
But, with little children who are taken away in infancy and innocence before they have reached the years of accountability, and are not capable of committing sin, the gospel reveals to us the fact that they are redeemed, and Satan has no power over them. Neither has death any power over them. They are redeemed by the blood of Christ, and they are saved just as surely as death has come into the world through the fall of our first parents. MPSG1972-73:121
Abinadi,
quoted by Mormon
And little children also have eternal life. (Abinadi preaches to King Noah and his people of the intercession of Christ, about 148 B.C.) Mosiah 15:25
Mormon
Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me. . . .
10. Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.
11. And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism.  Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins. (Mormon writes to his son Moroni, prior to A.D. 384) Moro.8:8,10-11
Joseph Smith,
receiving the Word of the Lord
But behold, I say unto you, that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine Only Begotten;
47. Wherefore, they cannot sin, for power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children, until they begin to become accountable before me;
48. For it is given unto them even as I will, according to mine own pleasure, that great things may be required at the hand of their fathers.
49. And, again, I say unto you, that whoso having knowledge, have I not commanded to repent?
50. And he that hath no understanding, it remaineth in me to do according as it is written.  And now I declare no more unto you at this time.  Amen. (Revelation from the Lord received  in presence of six elders, Sept. 1830) D&C 29:46-50
James E. Talmage
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches as a doctrine founded on reason, justice, and scripture, that all children are innocent in the sight of God, and that, until they reach an age of personal responsibility, baptism is neither requisite nor proper in their behalf; that, in short, they are saved through the atonement of Christ. AF:79
075.  Little children (babies) are to be blessed before the Church.
Joseph Smith
Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name. (Revelation on Church Organization and Government, April 1830) D&C 20:70
President John Taylor,
in behalf of the Quorum of the Twelve,
also quoting Joseph Smith
We have nothing to say against a father blessing his children, the genius of the Priesthood being primarily patriarchal, with God himself the great Father of us all at the head. Indeed we claim that every man holding the Melchizedek Priesthood is a patriarch in his own home, with the right to bless all his children and grandchildren, even all the fruits of his loins. Nor do we object to the father taking his babe on the eighth day and giving it a father's blessing. But we do not think that this privilege whether exercised or unimproved, should interfere with our obedience to that law of the Lord wherein it is stated [D&C 20:70] "Every member of the Church of Christ having children, is to bring them unto the Elders before the Church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ and bless them in his name." Outside of the all important fact that this is a direct command of Jehovah, and as such should be studiously complied with without hesitancy or objection, we think quite a number of excellent reasons can be adduced to prove that this command is attended with beneficial results to babe and to parents, who by bringing their child before the Church manifest their faith in the sight of their brethren and sisters, in God's word and in his promises, as well as their thankfulness to him for increasing their posterity and for the safe delivery of his handmaiden. The child is also benefited by the united faith and responsive prayers of the assembled Saints. . . . (Published Message of acting First Presidency, i.e. John Taylor and the Quorum of the Twelve) (In Millennial Star, April 1878, No. 15, p. 235; and in Deseret News) MOFP2:311-12; DCSM:43 (in part)
President Wilford Woodruff,
George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith
(First Presidency)
Hereafter, therefore, we desire the Latter-day Saints, under the direction of the Presidents of Stakes and the Bishops, to meet in their several places of worship on the afternoon of the first Sunday in each month, whenever it can be done conveniently, and devote the meeting to the administration of the Sacrament, to the bearing of testimony by the members of the Church, to the blessing of children and the confirming of members in the Church, and to such other services as have usually been attended to at such meetings. (Published Message of the First Presidency in Deseret Evening News, Nov. 7, 1896) MOFP3:282
Related Witnesses:
Joseph Smith
Children have no sins. Jesus blessed them and said, "Do what you have seen me do." (To Saints in the Grove, Nauvoo, Ill., July, 1843) HC5:499
Jesus,
quoted by Mormon
And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
22. And when he had done this he wept again;
23. And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones.
24. And as they looked to behold they cast their eyes towards heaven, and they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them. (The resurrected Jesus instructs the Nephite people, A.D. 34) 3Ne.17:21-24
Author's Note: The following instructions appear in the 1991 Supplement to the 1989 General Handbook of Instructions published by the Church: "Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name" (D&C 20:70). In conformity with this revelation, only those who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood should participate in the ordinance of naming and blessing children. This instruction supersedes previous instructions. . . ."
076.  Children should respect and honor their parents.
Moses
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (The Lord reveals the fifth of the Ten Commandments to Moses) Ex.20:12
President Joseph F. Smith
Young men should be scrupulously careful to impress upon their minds the necessity of consulting with father and mother in all that pertains to their actions in life. Respect and veneration for parents should be inculcated into the hearts of the young people of the Church—father and mother to be respected, their wishes to be regarded—and in the heart of every child should be implanted this thought of esteem and consideration for parents which characterized the families of the ancient patriarchs.
God is at the head of the human race; we look up to him as the Father of all. We cannot please him more than regarding and respecting and honoring our fathers and our mothers who are the means of our existence here upon the earth. (IE1902Feb:307) DGSM:82
Paul
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3. That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Paul's letter to the Saints at Ephesus in Asia Minor, about A.D. 62) Eph.6:1-4
N. Eldon Tanner
We have the old commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Children should be taught and trained to honor their father and their mother. Their parents gave them life and cared for them when they could not care for themselves. Every child of every age should love and honor his parents. CR1963Apr:136; DGSM:82
Jesus,
recorded in Matthew
For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.
5. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;
6. And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free.  Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. (Jesus answers the scribes and Pharisees who contend against him)  Matt.15:4-6
Nephi, son of Lehi
And now, they said: We know of a surety that the Lord is with thee, for we know that it is the power of the Lord that has shaken us.  And they fell down before me, and were about to worship me, but I would not suffer them, saying: I am thy brother, yea, even thy younger brother; wherefore, worship the Lord thy God, and honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee. (Nephi answers his rebellious brothers, about  591 B.C.) 1Ne.17:55
President Spencer W. Kimball
It is not enough to honor our parents in some narrow way.  If we truly honor them, we will seek to emulate their best characteristics and to fulfill their highest aspirations for us. No gift purchased from a store can begin to match in value to parents some simple, sincere words of appreciation. Nothing we could give them would be more prized than righteous living for each youngster. Even where parents have not great strength of testimony, they will take pride in the strength and conviction of their children, if the relationship between them is a tolerant, loving, supporting one. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 348) TLDP:76-77
Related Witnesses:
Recorded in Exodus
And he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death. . . . And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. (The Lord reveals his laws) Ex.21:15,17
Recorded in Proverbs
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21. Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
22. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. Prov.6:20-22
Author's Note: A dictionary definition of to honor: "To regard with honor or respect.  To treat with courtesy." (Funk & Wagnalls, p. 643)

    There is nothing more precious than a little child.  The scriptures tell us that "Except ye become as little children, ye can in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven"
Chapter 18
Matthew 18:Verse 1
 1 ¶ AT the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Matthew 18:Verse 2
 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

Matthew 18:Verse 3
 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:Verse 4
 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:Verse 5
 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Matthew 18:Verse 6
 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

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