Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mitt Romney: Mormon Baptisms For The Dead

"Mormonism (or the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) teaches that baptism by water is a necessary ordinance for people to return to God their Heavenly Father. Mormons assert that the ordinance must be performed in the proper way and with the authority of Christ's priesthood.

Many people have died without receiving a valid baptism, and they cannot undergo this precious ritual as mere spirits. "Because all on the earth do not have the opportunity to accept the gospel during mortality, the Lord has authorized baptisms performed by proxy for the dead. Therefore, those who accept the gospel in the spirit world may qualify for entrance into God's kingdom" One thing that should be made perfectly clear about Mormon baptisms for the dead is that each deceased soul has the personal choice to accept or reject it. There is nothing in Mormonism that states that the person who is being baptized by proxy must accept this ordinance; he or she is simply given the opportunity to choose."

More from the source...(here).

James C. Collier

READ MOST RECENT POSTS AT ACTING WHITE...

Technorati Tags: , , , , ,

3 comments:

Desertflower said...

I'm not clear on how do they know if the deceased has "accepted" The teachings or "rejected" them?

Anonymous said...

No one knows. People who are particllary spiritual can sometitmes sense when a dead relative has accepted but such a perception is more of a feeling or sense. Otherwise, it is not important for us to know. The ordinance is an offering only and makes no demands on the deceased person at all.

Desertflower said...

Thanks. Religious issues are so complex. So then this would be more for the living to feel that their family or friend is in the Grace of God type of thing...