While preparing for my lesson in two weeks, I was reading D&C 128:12:
The ordinance of baptism by water, . . .Â to be immersed in the water and come forth out of the water is in the likeness of the resurrection of the dead in coming forth out of their graves; hence, this ordinance was instituted to form a relationship with the ordinance of baptism for the dead, being in likeness of the dead.
I found this fascinating.
I have understood for quite some time that the ordinance of baptism helps us connect our decision to start a new, spiritual life Â and with the resurrection: a new, physical life.
I have also understood for quite some time that the ordinance of baptism helps us remembers Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, which is how we become his spiritually begotten.
But never had I realized that baptism was specifically developed to form a strong connection to baptism of the dead.