God-Fearing Mario Lopez Gets Baptized in the Same River Jesus Was: ‘This is awesome!’

April 20, 2019 Updated: April 25, 2019

Mario Lopez has been reborn.

The 45-year-old actor and family man, who rose to fame as high school beefcake A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, couldn’t stop grinning. The reason? He experienced a moving spiritual transformation just 10 days before Easter of 2018. Lopez, who was raised a devoted Catholic, took the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River in Israel, just as Jesus was.

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Twelve months after the moving ceremony marks the perfect time to reflect on Lopez’s experience, the awesomeness of the day, and the spiritual rebirth that rejuvenated the actor and journalist, enriching his life and making him better equipped to deal with the trials and triumphs of everyday life.

On March 22, 2018, Lopez sported a long, white T-shirt and white pants before wading in to the Jordan River to be baptized. Lopez shared videos of the special moment on Twitter, narrating the experience in real time, deeply affected by the profound religious tone of the proceedings.

The sun shone down and the crowds gathered as two priests led Lopez into waist-level water and began the brief yet moving ceremony.

“We are at the Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ,” Lopez told the camera, beaming broadly. “I’m about to get baptized! It’s a beautiful day,” he continued. “There’s a really cool Catholic priest that’s gonna do me the honors.”

“I’m going to join these fine folks and then, bam! Take a dip. It’s on!”

Lopez uploaded a second video in which the baptism takes place. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?” asked one priest. “Do you intend to serve him all your life?” he pressed.

“Yes, I do,” came Lopez’s consistent reply. The actor, gently supported on both sides by the kindly priests, spoke with conviction. A chorus of voices sang hymns as Lopez was dipped beneath the water and quickly emerged, still grinning, before wading back to the shore.

“Thank you! Beautiful people here, helping me, thank you,” Lopez commented softly as he stepped onto the banks of the river. “This is awesome! Hallelujah.”

The ever-respectful, newly baptized Lopez was keen to share his gratitude, thanking the priests and the Romanian choir that sang for him even before attending to his soaking wet hair and clothes.

The very next day, Lopez visited the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and eventual resurrection: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Seeming bright and refreshed, the actor shared his awe in another video taken from just outside the church. Later, he walked the Via Dolorosa processional route in Jerusalem’s Old City, traveling through the streets and the marketplace along the very same path that Jesus walked toward his own crucifixion.

Lopez with his wife, Courtney Laine Mazza, and two children Dominic (L) and Gia (R) (©Getty Images | Jerritt Clark)

“I think as I’ve gotten older, I’ve just tried to build a more spiritual muscle,” Lopez told Fox News Latino in 2015. “I am proud of who I am, and what I am, and being Catholic.”

“It’s nice to have something that is consistent in our life.”