I’ve been in primary for about the past ten years in every capacity. There’s a song we often sing for Baptisms:

Is there a secret promise in the double rainbow? is that some type of second anointing covenant symbolism?“When I am Baptized”

I like to look for rainbows, whenever there is rain
And ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

I know when I am baptized my wrongs are washed away,
And I can be forgiven and improve myself each day.
I want my life to be as clean as earth right after rain.
I want to be the best I can and live with God again.

Words & Music: Nita Dale Milner, 1952-2004; adapted. (c) 1989 IRI

As primary president back in Pocatello, Idaho, we were instructed by our stake presidency NOT to sing the second verse at 8-year-old baptisms because it says at baptism their “wrongs are washed away” and that’s not doctrine for 8 year olds; but it was appropriate for convert baptisms.

There was a primary blog  published by a primary president who had lost a child as a baby and this was part of the sharing time that month. She had a post (that’s since been deleted [1]) about how not to sing that part and make sure to teach the primary children that before the age of accountability they do NOT have wrongs to was away. Nita Dale Milner’s son hopped on the blog to comment that both she and my stake president were doctrinally wrong: his mother’s song was carefully weighed and considered by the correlation committee word by word — they’d asked for other words to be change but specifically left those. And since it’s approved by correlation that it’s now doctrine of the church revealed in only his mother’s song:

Our 8 year olds have wrongs that are washed away at baptism; not “sins,” but wrongs

I have two questions:

  1. do you think this idea that 8 year olds’ wrongs are washed away at baptism could be true? Like it’s a transgression/sin differential thing? Obviously little children do things that are wrong on purpose sometimes. Do these need to be washed away?
  2. does it automatically make it doctrine by passing committee? does it count as scripture?

[1] She reposted the deleted blog post a year later, so mine and Milner’s comments aren’t there . . . but you can still take a look