I came across something interesting last night that I never thought of before.
In 2 Ne 31:17-18, we read:
For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost. And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.
Now that may not seem like much, but let’s look at 2 Ne 9:41, which I read last night:
The way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate.
Consider then, the phrase “come unto the Lord”, a phrase found throughout the scriptures. A common understanding of this phrase is for us to follow Jesus, to live as he did. The scripture above seems to imply that the phrase is actually a baptismal invitation.
Actually, one could go a bit further and say it’s a invitation to partake in eternal life, which is only possible by our walking through the gate of repentance and baptism.