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  •  What are the criteria for selecting people (4+ / 0-)

    for such baptism?

    I thought it was for the ancestors of current Mormons, but obviously Anne Frank is no one's ancestor.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri May 18, 2012 at 10:55:13 AM PDT

    •  Criteria is : they are dead. (3+ / 0-)

      You don't need to be a relative of a Mormon to be baptized after death.
      They do it around the clock in Salt Lake City Temple.
      As the stand-ins for the dead are baptized the dead person is entered on a computer (right by the baptisimal  'font' or whatever they call it) database.
      I would like to know if this database is publically available?

      "Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government." Tim Pawlenty April 2001

      by cosette on Fri May 18, 2012 at 11:11:25 AM PDT

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    •  Criteria? (1+ / 0-)
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      It seems the people who are coming to be dunked bring their own lists of names. They are mostly in their teens and twenties, and although they are supposed to have researched their ancestors, they can bring other names. Somebody is supposed to vet the names they bring, but the LSD church acknowledges that the vetting is very imperfect.

      So the criteria are really in the barely controlled discretion of young people who troop to the temple in groups for these ceremonies. I have read multiple comments in other diaries that describe the practice by people in the know, and what I still haven't seen is an explanation of why it is so important for young Mormons to perform these ceremonies.

      •  Somewhat backward to what I'd heard (0+ / 0-)

        We've had a few Mormons (or formers) on this site explaining some of this stuff, and it was my impression that the young people who serve as stand ins are given the list they will represent by someone higher up.

        from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

        by Catte Nappe on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:41:02 PM PDT

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