Q&A: “Jesus Himself, though without sin, was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and to show the way for all mankind. Thus, baptism is essential for salvation in the kingdom of God. … Because all who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized by proper authority during life on earth, baptisms may be performed by proxy, meaning a living person may be baptized in behalf of a deceased person. Baptisms for the dead are performed by Church members in temples throughout the world.” –Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?, Q&A at mormon.org. [source]
COMMENTARY: As an ex-Mormon with a lot of Mormon ancestry, I have a big job ahead of me if I want to save all of my deceased family from the fraud of Mormonism. I am sure that many, if not most of them, would have rejected Mormonism had they lived long enough to research it for themselves on the Internet. So I’m resigning for them, by proxy. And hey, as long as I’m working on my own genealogy, I figure I may as well do the work for other famous people from Mormon history as well. I mean, that’s the way the Mormons do it, after all. And sure, unilaterally and posthumously changing someone else’s religion may be offensive to some, but just remember that we only do the work they can no longer do for themselves; the dead person has the option to accept or reject the resignation in the next life. So it’s all good. No offense intended, and none taken, I’m sure. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.