Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Maxwell Midrash -- 2 Nephi 31:13

"witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism"

Elder Maxwell used to say, "willing to take the name" refers to the covenant of baptism, but "take the name" is in reference to the subsequent covenants of the temple. And in another place it is written "thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." We may show willingness to take the name by baptism even as children of eight, but the Lord will not suffer that we take his name in our youth, lest we lightly take it in vain, casting aside so great a covenant.

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