The first mention of baptism in the Bible is in connection with John baptizing in the Jordan (See Matt. 3:3-5; Mark 1:5; Luke 3:3-16.)
Some records attest that baptism was practiced before the birth of Jesus. For example, texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls (dating from about 200 B.C.-A.D. 70) contain references to the practice of a type of baptism.Latter-day Saints understand that the ordinance of baptism began with Adam, who " . . . was carried down into the water . . . And thus he was baptized, . . . " (Moses 6:64-65.)
About 550 years before the Savior's birth, Nephi declared: "I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning that prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that should baptize the Lamb of God, . . . " (2 Ne. 30:4.)
About 147 years before Christ, Alma said, "I speak by way of invitation, saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life." (Alma 5:62.)
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: April and October 1980 general conference reports.