Thursday, 18 June 2009

Polygamous fundamentalists baptized by proxy into LDS Church, researcher says - Salt Lake Tribune

Now here’s the thing. If you ask a Mormon about polygamy they will patiently and firmly explain that a few Mormons did that ‘back in the day’ and for reasons best known to God (population problems, culture, who knows) but it is such a long time ago and so passé’ that   you should even ask.

If you press them about the inclusion of definitive teaching on polygamy as a church dogma in Mormon Scripture (D&C 132) as well as definitive statements by early Mormon prophets (Brigham Young et al)they will say that the benefit of having prophets is that they can tell you God’s will for today and Mormons don’t practice or teach polygamy today. Its the classic evasive argument.

So here’s the Mormon Church baptising dead ‘apostate’ polygamous fundamentalists and sealing them in a proxy temple ceremony to their polygamous wives – even the ones from whom they were divorced while alive. The truth is that polygamy is part of the very fabric of Mormonism just as monogamy is fundamental to Christianity (1 Tim.1:6; 3:12; Eph.5:33) and Mormons are sealing polygamous relationships between people who were excommunicated in the first place for practicing polygamy.

Prominent fundamentalist Mormons, most of whom were excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for practicing polygamy while they were alive, have been posthumously re-baptized in LDS temples, a Salt Lake City researcher says.

Helen Radkey said in a new report that she obtained church records on 20 fundamentalists -- from murderer Ervil LeBaron to Joseph Musser to Rulon Jeffs --- showing that they've been baptized and have had their plural marriages "sealed" for time and eternity by proxy LDS members, one as recently as this year.

Polygamous fundamentalists baptized by proxy into LDS Church, researcher says - Salt Lake Tribune

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