BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD

The following are sections out of Bill McKeever’s book In their Own Words: A Collection of Mormon Quotations. The full book of 400 pages is available at Mormonism Research Ministry or Amazon.com. Standard Works “And again, in connection with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the … Read more

Is Baptism for the Dead a biblical doctrine?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson The following is taken from chapter 22 of the 2013 book Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints, pages 173-181. To purchase this valuable resource, click here. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are in agreement when they proclaim that there are no second chances for salvation. For example, 2 … Read more

What Historical Support Does the Mormon Church Have to Justify Baptism for the Dead?

By Eric Johnson A great majority of the work that is performed in LDS temples throughout the world by faithful Mormons is done on behalf of the dead. Besides endowments for the dead, baptisms for the dead are also performed. Ordinances on behalf of such notables as William Shakespeare, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, Paul … Read more

Adolph Hitler receives work on his behalf in England temple

Many people may not realize that general salvation in Mormonism means that practically everyone born on this earth will certainly go to one of three kingdom of glory. This includes Adolph Hitler, the crazed Nazi leader who guided Germany into murdering millions of people. On December 10, 1993, someone went into the London, England temple and was baptized … Read more

Does 1 Corinthians 15:29 teach baptism for the dead?

In 1 Corinthians 15:29, the apostle Paul wrote, “Else what shall they dowhich are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?” President David O. McKay wrote,“Not a few commentators have tried to explain away [this passage’s] true significance; but its context proves plainly that in the days of the apostles there existed the practice of baptism for the dead; that is, living persons were immersed in water for and in behalf of those who were dead—not who were ‘dead to sin’ but who had ‘passed to the other side’”(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, p. 129).

Baptism for the Dead

Baptism for the dead. Also known as baptism by proxy or vicarious baptism, performed in Mormon temples by living Church members on behalf of someone who is deceased. It is believed that those spirits who are baptized for will have an opportunity to receive the Mormon gospel in the spirit world, though acceptance of such an act is not guaranteed. According to Joseph Smith, “The greatest responsibility in this world that God has placed upon us is to seek after our dead” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 356).

Prominent People Mormons Have Baptized by Proxy

According to Collected Discourses, Vol.3, Appendix, Wilford Woodruff, December 13, 1893, the following men were baptized by proxy in the St. George Temple on August 21, 1877:

All the Signers of the Declaration of Independence except John Hancock and William Floyd.