Here’s the comment:
“Speaking of the subject of this blog…I would really like to hear what you, as a Mormon, think about your church’s proxy baptisms of Holocaust victims. I enjoy reading your blog and the blogs of other LDS women, but it truly disturbs me that there has been NO condemnation of this atrocious, violating practice. I speak as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. It’s particularly troubling that you would so strongly speak out against the abortion of fetuses who test positive for Down Syndrome while at the same time staying silent on this issue, which is, after all, an issue of LIFE — respect for the lives of these individuals, respect for their religion, respect for their legacy.”
This is offensive to me. On SO many levels. We do not, I REPEAT, do not do proxy baptisms of Holocaust victims. Here’s the Church’s stance on it:
“Without exception, church members must not submit for proxy temple ordinances any names from unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims. If members do so, they may forfeit their New FamilySearch privileges [access to the church’s genealogical holdings]. Other corrective action may also be taken.” This has been the policy for well over a decade.
Here’s an entire article on it:
Another fantastic article on the subject, written by a member of the Jewish faith no less is here:
There are 13,000,000 members of the LDS church. As much as some would love to believe that the Church micromanages every detail of our lives (and as you can tell from this blog that it doesn’t or it wouldn’t have such potty language), they do not. Mistakes are made. People do things that they shouldn’t. There isn’t another church in the world that has 100% perfect members who never do anything they shouldn’t (otherwise they would have been translated like the City of Enoch). I hope that the people who did go against the church’s will in this area know what they did and have apologized. But saying that the church practices this as a whole is completely false.
Let’s talk about what “proxy baptisms” are. From www.lds.org (emphasis added):
Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John 3:5). Many people, however, have died without being baptized. Others were baptized without proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for all people to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. Individuals can then choose to accept or reject what has been done in their behalf.
We go into our temples and stand as “proxy” for those who are dead. For those who do not believe, this is tantamount to us “pretending” we are someone else and being dunked under water for them. Even if the church DID do proxy baptisms for Holocaust victims, why would it even matter to someone who does not believe the way we do?
So for you to compare this- a ritual done behind closed doors in our sacred houses of worship- to the systematic murders of 6,000,000 of your own ancestors to me is offensive. It should be offensive to any member of your faith. It cheapens what happened to those people. Then to go ahead and jab me one more time and say that it’s equivalent to aborting babies with Down syndrome, again, is offensive. My standing in a pool of water, doing something you don’t believe to be true, is the same as aborting a child because they have an extra chromosome? Explain yourself.
The Mount Timpanogos Temple, where Lance and I were sealed together for time and all eternity.