This from Peter LLC.
Our ward had a convert baptism today. A worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holder performed the ordinance by
1. Standing in the water with the person to be baptized.
2. (For convenience and safety) holding the person’s left wrist with his right hand; the person being baptized held the priesthood holder’s right wrist with his or her right hand.
3. Raising his left arm to the square.
4. Stating the person’s full name and saying, “Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
5. Having the person hold his or her nose with the right hand (for convenience); then the priesthood holder placing his right hand high on the person’s back and immersing the person completely, including the person’s clothing.
6. Helping the person come up out of the water.
Now, the Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B indicates that “all ordinances must be performed with their necessary procedures such as using specified words or laying on hands,” and regarding baptism in particular says that “the baptism must be repeated if the prayer was not stated accurately or if part of the body or clothing of the person being baptized was not immersed completely.”
In this case, the prayer was accurate and the person being baptized was immersed fully. Nevertheless, the baptism was determined to be invalid and was repeated. Can you figure out why? Do you agree? Why or why not? How would you explain the (need for a) repetition to the not-quite new member?