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Mormon prophet to members: Knock it off, stop baptizing Holocaust victims

The LDS First Presidency has issued an unequivocal mandate to its members: Do not submit names of Jewish Holocaust victims or celebrities for proxy baptism.

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"Without exception, church members must not submit for proxy temple ordinances any names from unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims," LDS President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors write in a letter to all Mormon bishops, dated Feb. 29. "If members do so, they may forfeit their New FamilySearch privileges. Other corrective action may also be taken."

The letter further reminds members that that their "preeminent obligation" is to their own ancestors and any name submitted for proxy rituals "should be related to the submitter."

The letter is to be read over the pulpit and posted on the bulletin board in every Mormon congregation on Sunday.

Peggy Fletcher Stack



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