Many adults who choose to be publicly baptized were baptized as children, but want to make a public declaration of their faith. They will stand in a large pool of water with a facilitator, who immerses them in the water with a prayer. This practice is often called believer’s baptism and happens in many protestant and born-again Christian churches.
Baptism is often done by immersion, and represents a ritual cleansing of the soul. Symbolically, it is a rebirth and a new start, in this case in a life that is devoted to Jesus. The Greek word “baptizo” came from the first century practice of immersing a garment or cloth into bleach, thus cleansing it, and then dye to change its color. In this way, Christians who choose adult baptism are publicly and responsibly declaring their desire for a symbolic cleansing and a change to a life of devotion to their faith.