Originally Posted by Smokering
So the LDS view is that baptism is the means to salvation?
not exactly. it is a step but by no means the only way. you don't just get dunked and voila you're saved. works are essential as well and we have more covenants we make with the Lord later in life and even those don't guarantee salvation. we must endure to the end.
ETA- i just re read your post and realized i basically repeated what you said. i know that some Christian paths view baptism as the only thing you need to do for salvation and that's what i was going off of
i guess what i am trying to say is a more accurate explanation would be it's a step
to salvation. but we also don't believe that if a person is a good person yet doesn't get baptized they are going to burn in hell.
in conversations like this it is hard because we all have different view points and language for our beliefs. it gets confusing. i say we believe baptism is xyz and it means something different then it means to my next door neighbor. same with salvation and heaven and marriage etc etc. when my Baptist friend told me baptism was not only necessary but the only thing one needed to do to be "saved" i was surprised but to her baptism means something different than what i believe it means (as does salvation and the after life in general). to her it's a profession of faith to me it's an ordinance preformed to make covenants with the Lord along with a profession of faith but the covenants are very important to us. we renew them every time we partake of the sacrament and we strive to keep them everyday.
another thing is being asked to back this all up with the Bible. the thing is that LDS believe in more than the Bible and also that there i a Prophet here and now who has revelation from God. we believe there has been a living Prophet since Joseph Smith in the 19th century. i understand that people kind of scratch their head at a lot of things and think "where the heck are they getting this?" and i could find Biblical scripture but chances are it is interpreted differently between us. we pair Biblical scripture with modern revelation and our other scriptures.
i just wanted to point this out because we tend to talk in circles in these sorts of discussions because we are coming from different sides without really realizing it.