In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, male members may hold the priesthood. Once baptized, LDS men may receive the Aaronic Priesthood, and then the Melchizedek Priesthood after that. Of course, Mormons say, priesthood holders who have the office of priest, elder, and teacher, must first receive baptism. That is the order in the LDS Church. Baptism comes before any of the offices of the priesthood.
One problem arises.
In the Book of Mormon, Moroni 6:1 says this:
“And now I speak concerning baptism. Behold, elders, priests, and teachers were baptized; and they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it.”
In the Book of Mormon, people who were ALREADY elders, priests, and teachers were baptized. This is contrary to what the LDS currently teaches, for it is impossible for a Mormon male to not be a priest, elder, and teacher without being baptized first.
Why were elders, priests, and teachers being baptized? Did the Nephite church get it wrong in the Book of Mormon or does the current LDS Church have it wrong?
Just some food for thought…