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DEVIN - I have a question about infants and baptism. I know that people that die without being baptized are saved by Christ's grace if they meet one of two criteria: innocence or ignorance. The latter is if they died without the law but would have accepted it. We do baptisms for the dead on their behalf and they can choose whether or not to accept it. The former is if they die before reaching the age of accountability. Are baptisms for the dead performed on their behalf? If not, I realize they are still saved. Yet, we know that they will be resurrected and raised during the Millenium.
Once they reach the age of accountability, won't they need to accept gospel teachings and perform the saving ordinances to continue to progress?
Specifically, will resurrected infants be baptized in the Millenium once they are no longer innocent? It seems that the only way that this wouldn't be the case is if they were kept in a state of innocence, as Adam and Eve might have been if they had partaken of the fruit of the tree of life before they had a knowledge of good and evil. Any information you have and thoughts you could share would be greatly appreciated.

JOEL - Infants who die in this life are never "no longer innocent". Baptisms for anyone who dies before the age of accountability are not required and therefore not performed in our temples because:

"little children are holy, being sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ" (D&C 74:7). and:

"I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability, are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven." (D&C 137: 10)

Children are innocent of sin before death and will be resurrected into their perfect immortal bodies, which will no longer be susceptable to sin, even though they do grow and mature to adult stage under their parents care. They will forever as you say remain in a state of innocence . Speaking of infants Joseph Smith said:

" It will never grow [in the grave]; it will still be the child, in the same precise form [when it rises] as it appeared before it died out of its mother's arms, but possessing all the intelligence of a God." (HC 6:316)

When they rise with "all the intelligence of a God" they will obviously not need to be taught the gospel, for they will have already learned it in the spirit world and will have complete recollection of all that they knew in the pre-mortal life.

There will be temple work performed for the dead during the Millennium, but not for infants who died, because they will rise in the morning of the first resurrection before the Millennium even begins and will never be tempted to commit sin, and will therefore never require baptism before or after their resurrection.

President Joseph Fielding Smith once said:
“Satan cannot tempt little children in this life, nor in the spirit world, nor after their resurrection. Little children who die before reaching the years of accountability will not be tempted.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 2:56-57.)

For some reason that only God knows, these children don't need the test of temptation for thier salvation; they only need a body.

Joseph Fielding Smith also said:
"We must assume that the Lord knows and arranges beforehand who shall be taken in infancy and who shall remain on earth to undergo whatever tests are needed in their cases." (Joseph Fielding Smith" The Salvation of Little Children," Ensign, April 1977, p. 6.)

Precisely what the Lord will require for spirits who died as infants on earth in order to receive exaltation, has not been revealed. We also do not currently endow children who die before accountability nor do we seal them to a spouse. But this does not mean that the blessings of these latter ordinances are unavailable to them.

President Smith also said:
"The Lord will grant unto these children the privilege of all the sealing blessings which pertain to exaltation.
We were all mature spirits before we were born, and the bodies of little children will grow after resurrection to the full stature of the spirit, and all the blessings will be theirs through their obedience the same as if they had lived to maturity and received them on the earth.
The Lord is just and will not deprive any person of a blessing, simply because he died before that blessing can be received. It would be manifestly unfair to deprive a little child of the privilege of receiving all the blessings of exaltation in the world to come simply because it died in infancy." (Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 2)

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