Renewing Covenants
updated 09/09/15
 When you entered the waters of baptism, you made a promise to the Lord that you would 'humble [yourselves] before God, … and witness before the church that [you] have truly repented of all [your] sins, and are willing to take upon [yourselves] the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by [your] works that [you] have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of [your] sins.' . You were therefore bound by covenant to 'a godly walk and conversation, … walking in holiness before the Lord.' .

Many of you were baptized when you were eight years old, and you may not realize that this is the promise you made to your Heavenly Father when you were baptized. Always remember that you are under this covenant. Your Heavenly Father has promised in return that He will give marvelous blessings to those who honor their covenants, keep His commandments, and endure faithfully to the end. They will be sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise and will be 'given all things' , including an inheritance in the celestial kingdom .

The Apostle Paul wrote that 'eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.' . Those who live clean lives and keep the commandments 'shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.' . They 'shall have eternal life … the greatest of all the gifts of God.' . 

Elder M. Russell Ballard
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (April 1993)
When you partake of the sacrament, you witness to God that your remembrance of His Son will extend beyond the short time of that sacred ordinance. You promise to remember Him always. You witness that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Jesus Christ and that you will keep His commandments. In partaking of the sacrament and making these commitments, you renew your baptismal covenant .

You receive great blessings when you keep the baptismal covenant. As you renew it, the Lord renews the promised remission of your sins. Cleansed from sin, you are able to 'always have his Spirit to be with [you]' . The Spirit’s constant companionship is one of the greatest gifts you can receive in mortality. The Spirit will guide you in the paths of righteousness and peace, leading you to eternal life with your Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ.