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Public Baptism, 1850

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 14, 2014

THE IPSWICH JOURNAL (Ipswich, England)
2 February 1850

THE MORMONS AT BRANDON

This sect of professed religionists, that caused so much excitement in this town last autumn, have again excited public curiosity. One indispensable rite to initiation into the body appears to be baptism by immersion. They have hitherto performed this ceremony at a late hour at night, but on Sunday morning last, Jan. 27, they proceeded with their proselytes, accompanied by a crowd of persons, to perform the ceremony in the river, in the light of day. After singing a hymn, an address to the people was delivered by the Mormon preacher, when the converts entered the water, here their spiritual adviser was ready to receive them with uplifted hands, declaring that he had received a command from Jesus Christ to baptise them for the remission of their sins, which was done amidst the derisive cheers of from four to five hundred persons.



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  1. This is very interesting. I can’t imagine the thrill of a late-night baptism that seemed hidden from the world. Perhaps persecution was such that this was the first public baptism recorded in the area? Do we know any further details?

    Comment by Stan — March 15, 2014 @ 11:29 am

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