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TitleWitness of the Covenant
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsSpendlove, Loren Blake
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume58
Pagination127–166
KeywordsBaptism; Covenant; Sacrament; Witnesses
Abstract

Although much has been taught about covenants in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, little attention has been given to the witnesses of those covenants. In this paper I focus on the importance of witnessing the covenants that we make with God — especially the gospel covenant — rather than on the process of making them. Instead of emphasizing the teachings of Latter-day Saint leaders and authors, I prioritize the standard works of the Church in my analysis of this topic. I begin with a discussion of covenants and witnesses in the Hebrew Bible, and then proceed with an examination of the same from the Book of Mormon. I identify the ordinances of baptism and the sacrament as witnesses of the gospel covenant and clarify that it is through the blood of Christ that we are cleansed from sin rather than through the waters of baptism. I conclude by observing the importance of faithfully witnessing the gospel covenant to serve God and keep his commandments.

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/witness-of-the-covenant/