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WATCH: Actor Mario Lopez Shares Baptism At Jordan River: ‘I Have Decided to Follow Jesus’

By  Amanda

Last week, actor and TV host Mario Lopez shared his deeply-held Christian faith with the world, posting a video of his baptism in the Jordan River.

On a trip to Israel, Lopez toured holy sites and shared his experiences via social media. In one video post, the family man stood near the Sea of Galilee.

“This is where Jesus walked on water,” said Lopez, “and the River Jordan runs into the sea, and that’s where, of course, Jesus got baptized, which I’m gonna be doing!”

Sailing the Sea Of Galilee… #HolyLand #Tiberius #GoinFishin

A post shared by Mario Lopez (@mariolopezextra) on Mar 20, 2018 at 9:58am PDT

In another post leading up to the baptism, the “Extra” host said, “We are at the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. I’m about to get baptized.”

“It’s a beautiful day. There’s a really cool Catholic priest that’s gonna do me the honors. And there’s a sermon going on right now. So I’m going to join these fine folks and then, bam! It’s on!”

Got baptized in the same river Jesus did…#JordanRiver #Jesus #JohnTheBaptist

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) March 22, 2018

Flanked by two Catholic priests in the river, Lopez was asked about his faith before being dunked in the water.

“Do you believe in Jesus Christ?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Do you believe that he is the son of God?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Do you intend to serve him all your life?”

“Yes, I do.”

After Lopez was baptized, tourists from Romania sang, “I have decided to follow Jesus.”

“Thank you,” Lopez said, exiting the river. “Beautiful people here. This is awesome. Wow. I just got baptized in the Jordan River. Hallelujah.”

“That was awesome, that was so cool and I was so fortunate to meet these very nice people from Romania. They sang the song for me and everything. That was moving. That was cool,” continued the actor.


Spiritual moment…#Baptized #JordanRiver #Catholic

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) March 22, 2018

Lopez has been open about his growing Christian faith, telling a Fox News affiliate in 2015 that he’s tried “to build a more spiritual muscle.”

“It’s nice to have something that is consistent in our life — family and faith is that for me,” he said.

The devout Catholic has continued to post about his spiritual journey through the Holy Land. Here are some highlights:

About to take the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion…#ViaDolorosa #OldCityOfJerusalem #StationsOfTheCross #ChurchOfTheHolySepulchre

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) March 23, 2018

The Last Supper…

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) March 23, 2018

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