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"On Faith" Blog: What Baptism for the Dead Means to Mormons

Michael R. Otterson, managing director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), wrote on the "On Faith" blog today about the Latter-day Saint practice of baptism for the dead:

This entire labor of love, as Mormons view it, rests on the premise that those who have passed on have the choice to accept or reject the gesture. I knew when I performed the proxy baptism for my father that he was a devout Christian, christened as a baby in the rites of the established Church of England. My gesture in his behalf took nothing away from him, the life he lived and who he was at his core. If there is an afterlife — a belief clearly shared by both of us — then I added opportunity to the goodness of a short but purpose-filled and worthy life.

Read the full blog post at the Washington Post.

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