Comments on: Mormon church in USA apologizes for posthumous baptism of Jews Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: peaceman2 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:04:00 +0000 This is offensive to Mormons as well as Jews. It is sad that one person can break down relationships between millions of people. Mormons have a longstanding policy against Baptizing Jews (this is not discrimination since many Jews request it). This is supposed to be an act of love, but when someone intentionally goes against Church teachings on a sensitive issue like this it hurts all of us.

I apologize to all.
Also, I hope everyone understands that the bad feelings against Mormons are stirred by those who hate us. The anti-Mormons have intentionally misrepresented the purposes of Baptism for deceased persons.

Please understand:
1 Mormons are opposed to the Baptism of Jews.
2 Mormons do not believe that Holocaust victims are suffering in Hell or purgatory and that Baptism, like indulgences for the deceased, helps reduce their suffering. Mormons understand that all will be rewarded according to their works. No kind, good person will ever suffer in the next life, regardless of religious affiliation. All are in Paradise and will go to Heaven.

3 Baptism is not done to anyone, LDS believe that people are free in the next life to choose, just as they are here, and Baptism for the deceased gives them the opportunity to make a decision, it does not make anyone Christian or members of the Church. Even without it they can still make choices in belief.

Many Christians still practice rituals for the deceased. I understand that Jews have in times past. I hope that Jewish people understand that the Mormons I know would be honored if Jews were to perform rites for them. That goes for anyone with good intentions, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist etc.