Mormon letter warns members to stop proxy baptisms

By JTA
March 4, 2012 21:35

 
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A letter to be read in all Mormon churches warns members to stop all unauthorized posthumous baptisms, including those of Holocaust survivors.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the highest governing body of the Mormon church, issued a letter on Feb. 29 that was to be read Sunday to its congregations.

"Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors. Those whose names are submitted for proxy temple ordinances should be related to the submitter," the letter reads. "Without exception, Church members must not submit for proxy temple ordinances any names from unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims."

The letter follows the discovery in recent weeks that several prominent deceased Jews have been baptized posthumously, including Anne Frank and Daniel Pearl.

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