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Marcial Baptized in Gulf of California

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The Power of the Ordinanc of Baptism Noticed to the Eye:

This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence. It is more powerful in expanding the mind, enlightening the understanding, and storing the intellect with present knowledge, of a man who is of the literal seed of Abraham, than one that is a Gentile, though it may not have half as much visible effect upon the body; for as the Holy Ghost falls upon one of the literal seed of Abraham, it is calm and serene; and his whole soul and body are only exercised by the pure spirit of intelligence; while the effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile, is to purge out the old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham. That man that has none of the blood of Abraham (naturally) must have a new creation by the Holy Ghost. In such a case, there may be more of a powerful effect upon the body, and visible to the eye, than upon an Israelite, while the Israelite at first might be far before the Gentile in pure intelligence.    

(Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith, p.149)

Marcial, whom I had been teaching for a number of months, was baptized on May 15th.  The power of the ordinance was accompanied by a physical change on the body noticed on arising out of the water.  Art Bulla also gave other accounts.  One of a recovering heroin addict who was baptized in a farm pond off Interstate 15 between Salt Lake and Provo in 1980.  Whereas his face had been pale, drawn and pinched prior to the baptism, when coming up from the immersion, he cried aloud as the chains binding and constricting his mind were loosed and his face was ruddy i.e complexion healthy pallor of red.  A magnificent physical change!

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