“Come Unto Me and Be Baptized in My Name”

Alan C. Miner

According to T.J. O'Brien, there are examples of the baptism rite all over the Americas, from immersion to sprinklings, and in Mexico, children were baptized in special water in the name of Quetzalcoatl. Considered necessary for everyone, this one-time ceremony was preceded by a special confession of sins to the priests, and it was believed that those who died without it would suffer more in the next life. For those who were baptized, there was a ceremony of remembrance, much like the Christian communion, in which images of his body were made of dough, broken and eaten. [T.J. O'Brien, Fair Gods and Feathered Serpents, p. 221]

Step by Step Through the Book of Mormon: A Cultural Commentary