“The baptism interview. Prior to baptism, there’s an interview with a missionary not directly involved in teaching you. In some cases, an interview with the mission president may also be necessary. Don’t stress these interviews too much. They simply serve to make sure you’re ready for baptism.” What sort of questions are asked in these interviews? Thanks!


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Vicente Silva
July 31, 2011
Mormon Missionaries
Mormon missionaries in Aracaju, Sergipe, Brazil.

Hi friend. Thanks for your question. Here are the interview questions, copied directly from the official church missionary manual, “Preach My Gospel“:

1. Do you believe that God is our Eternal Father? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world?

2. Do you believe the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Do you believe that [current Church President] is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you?

3. What does it mean to you to repent? Do you feel that you have repented of your past transgressions?

4. Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation or parole? Have you ever participated in an abortion? a homosexual relationship?

5. You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards. What do you understand of the following standards? Are you willing to obey them?

a. The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relationship outside the bonds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman.

b. The law of tithing.

c. The Word of Wisdom.

d. The Sabbath day, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members.

6. When you are baptized, you covenant with God that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Christ and keep His commandments throughout your life. Are you ready to make this covenant and strive to be faithful to it?

I did want to clarify regarding the questions about past criminal convictions, abortion, and homosexuality. Though the missionaries are instructed to ask about these past acts, it is not with the purpose of excluding anyone from membership in the Church. It is only to verify that the repentance process has been completed. As a missionary, I met both a woman who had had an abortion and a man who had had a past homosexual experience. Both were welcomed into the Church. Hope this answer helps!

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