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Mormon Leaders Warn Followers To Stop Controversial Baptisms
NPR ^ | March 3,2 2012 | Howard Berkes

Posted on 03/04/2012 3:42:22 PM PST by greyfoxx39

Mormons around the world are getting this warning Sunday: Stop posthumous baptisms of "unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims."

"Our preeminent obligation is to seek out and identify our own ancestors," says a letter to be read in every Mormon congregation. "Those whose names are submitted for proxy [baptisms] should be related to the submitter."

Mormons who continue to embarrass the faith by submitting the names of celebrities and Holocaust victims for the proxy baptism rite will lose access to the Mormon genealogical records, the letter warns. "Other corrective action may also be taken," it says.

The letter is signed by church President Thomas Monson and his two "counselors" in the Mormon First Presidency, the top leadership of the faith.

The warning follows an avalanche of criticism about the Mormon practice of baptizing deceased souls into the faith. In recent weeks, an excommunicated Mormon who continues to do genealogical research in church baptism records has found the names of prominent Jews and Holocaust victims, including Anne Frank and Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter captured and killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.

"We welcome this as an important step," says Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor.

"Church members should understand why proxy baptisms are so offensive to the Jewish people," Foxman adds, citing "near annihilation during the Holocaust simply because they were Jewish" and "forced conversions throughout history."

Jewish leaders first raised concerns about the practice and the inclusion of Holocaust victims in 1992. Several meetings with Mormon leaders in the two decades since have resulted in promises to remove the names of Holocaust victims from Mormon baptism rolls and to screen baptism lists for those who died in concentration camps.

But some Mormons continued to place the names on baptism lists and conduct proxy baptisms in which the name of the deceased is read aloud while a living proxy is immersed in water.

The controversial practice has even touched the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney, a faithful Mormon. Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel called on Romney to denounce inappropriate baptisms after discovering Wiesel family members had been posthumously baptized.

Romney's campaign referred questions about Wiesel's statement to the Mormon Church.

Mormons believe the ceremony has no effect if the deceased soul rejects it.

Mormon policy, as the letter restates, is to confine the baptisms to ancestors, but as recently as 2009, one of the highest-ranking leaders of the church indicated otherwise.

Quentin Cook is one of the faith's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the group at the top of church leadership. During a tour of a new Mormon Temple in Draper, Utah, Cook described the posthumous baptism practice and belief.

"We concentrate first of all on our ancestors and then for the people in the world at large," Cook told NPR.

In recent weeks, Mormon officials said they had punished at least two followers who had violated Church policy by baptizing prominent Jews who were not among their ancestors. The members involved lost access to the baptism system and a church spokesman said more serious sanctions are possible.

Proxy baptism is a fundamental tenet of the Mormon faith and followers are encouraged to participate. Millions of Mormons have gathered and placed billions of names into church genealogical records. Volunteers travel to Mormon Temples to conduct the baptism ceremony.

Mormons believe the rite offers deceased souls the opportunity for eternal salvation, but Foxman says the Mormon Church should "reconsider all the implications of continuing the practice of posthumous baptism, as it has re-evaluated other of its traditions."




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So now, the doctrine of baptism of the dead "a fundamental tenet" has become instead a "tradition"?

"In these verses, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught the following principles:

1. The salvation of our dead ancestors is “essential to our salvation.” Our lives are closely tied to our ancestors’ lives, for we cannot become perfect without them nor they without us ( D&C 128:15 ).

2. Baptism for the dead is the “most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel” ( v. 17 ). This doctrine shows the love and mercy of an all-wise Father in Heaven. Baptism for the dead and other vicarious work makes it possible for all our Father’s children to receive the same blessings, and be judged on the same terms, whether or not they had a chance to accept the gospel in mortality. President Rudger Clawson said: “Oh, the beauty of the justice and mercy of God, who is no respecter of persons! And let it be remembered that what it takes to save one who is living; it takes just that much to save one who is dead.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1931, p. 79.)

3. Baptism for the dead helps to prevent the earth from being smitten with a curse. As President Joseph Fielding Smith taught: “If Elijah had not come, we are led to believe that all the work of past ages would have been of little avail, for the Lord said the whole earth, under such conditions, would be utterly wasted at his coming. Therefore his mission was of vast importance to the world. It is not the question of baptism for the dead alone, but also the sealing of parents and children to parents, so that there should be a ‘whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories,’ from the beginning down to the end of time.

“If this sealing power were not on the earth, then confusion would reign and disorder would take the place of order in that day when the Lord shall come, and, of course, this could not be, for all things are governed and controlled by perfect law in the kingdom of God.

“Why would the earth be wasted? Simply because if there is not a welding link between the fathers and the children—which is the work for the dead—then we will all stand rejected; the whole work of God will fail and be utterly wasted. Such a condition, of course, shall not be.” ( Doctrines of Salvation, 2:121–22.)"

Doctrine and Covenants Section 128-Baptism for the dead

1 posted on 03/04/2012 3:42:29 PM PST by greyfoxx39
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To: Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; Tennessee Nana; ...

Ping


2 posted on 03/04/2012 3:44:15 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (If Jesus returned today the mormon church would try to sell him a condo in their billion-dollar mall)
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To: greyfoxx39

Guess I just don’t get the point of it. After all, God knows the difference.


3 posted on 03/04/2012 3:48:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: greyfoxx39

OMG! How ever will they be saved?


4 posted on 03/04/2012 3:52:22 PM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: greyfoxx39
What's the point of baptizing a dead person?

If it is not someones choice to be baptized, then it serves no purpose. I don't believe in baptizing babies either.

5 posted on 03/04/2012 3:53:35 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s as if the act itself, independent of the will, intentions or even existence of the person, is some sort of alchemical, magical act.

My seventh great grandfather came to this continent in the seventeenth century. A branch of the family became Mormon in the mid-nineteenth century. He’s been baptized by proxy, dead dunked, whatever you want to call it, so many timesm now with so many errors, birth dates ranging over a century, same for death, wrong locations ... probably about ten entries, only one of which is even remotely correct.

Whatever the intent, they shot a brick on that one, missed him by a country mile.


6 posted on 03/04/2012 3:57:11 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: greyfoxx39; All

Yeah yeah yeah, they have said this before and never did a thing about it. What makes anyone think they are telling the truth this time? They have lied about it before.

If they were to really stop, then it would just be more proof Mormonism is false, led by false prophets, with a false god who bows to public pressure. That ain’t my God at all.


7 posted on 03/04/2012 3:58:59 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: greyfoxx39

An arrogant little nephew took it upon himself to “do the work” for my wife’s parents without family permission. He was oh so full of himself for this great thing. When we found out the shit really hit the fan as Mom and Dad had lived in Utah since 1941. Three daughters had joined the church(married Mormons) but the parents knew better and never did.

His folks just don’t get why we are all so upset. Arrogant and sanctimonious bastards.


8 posted on 03/04/2012 4:01:15 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: greyfoxx39

The “tradition” statement comes from “Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League” and not the LDS church.


9 posted on 03/04/2012 4:03:43 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: greyfoxx39

What I don’t get is why they agree to stop when asked. It seems pretty cruel to deprive someone of a second chance to accept salvation just because someone living wants them to. Why would anyone agree to stop that if that’s what one truly believes?

Freegards


10 posted on 03/04/2012 4:06:36 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: greyfoxx39

I guess they can recognize a PR problem when they see one.


11 posted on 03/04/2012 4:09:18 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Utah Binger
Arrogant and sanctimonious bastards.

“President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “We are commanded by God to take this gospel to all
the world. That is the cause that must unite us today. Only the gospel will save the world
from the calamity of its own self-destruction. Only the gospel will unite men of all races
and nationalities in peace. Only the gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the
human family” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [1988], 167).”

12 posted on 03/04/2012 4:09:27 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (If Jesus returned today the mormon church would try to sell him a condo in their billion-dollar mall)
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To: metmom

“I guess they can recognize a PR problem when they see one.”

BINGO!


13 posted on 03/04/2012 4:12:16 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: greyfoxx39

They know that they need to keep this on the “down low”.

They can violate our dead mothers and children and no one hears our pleas , but the celebrity baptisms are drawing attention.


14 posted on 03/04/2012 4:13:20 PM PST by ansel12 (Rick Santorum, Catholic, “I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress,” he sa)
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To: greyfoxx39

If they really believe in it, why should they stop? They actually don’t want everyone to go to heaven now? Or is it another case of the mormon church changing doctrine when they get into trouble?


15 posted on 03/04/2012 4:16:19 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: greyfoxx39

But here’s the thing. It wasn’t the members submitting these names, it was the Church itself gathering these names. A letter to the Members is meaningless.


16 posted on 03/04/2012 4:19:23 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: greyfoxx39

As I said. Just imagine if we actually believed this garbage and were still going down there on Sunday as they lay the guilt on us. O
h my, what a trip!


17 posted on 03/04/2012 4:22:25 PM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: greyfoxx39
This is the 12th time the Mormon Church sent out this lie about stopping these Baptisms since the early 1990's.

I have no doubt they'll be back to this religious practice as soon as this round of media scrutiny fades away.

18 posted on 03/04/2012 4:27:01 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: T. P. Pole
The “tradition” statement comes from “Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League” and not the LDS church.

Oh, well that just makes ALL the difference in the world! Did you get the official warning today?

19 posted on 03/04/2012 4:28:02 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (If Jesus returned today the mormon church would try to sell him a condo in their billion-dollar mall)
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To: greyfoxx39

Hey, go with the flow


20 posted on 03/04/2012 4:31:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: JerseyHighlander

Seems to me that a local group of Mormons can pretty well do what they want, including getting baptized for Adolph Hitler if they so choose.


21 posted on 03/04/2012 4:32:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: greyfoxx39
Did you get the official warning today?

Nope, no letters read today.

22 posted on 03/04/2012 4:45:53 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: T. P. Pole
Nope, no letters read today.

I wonder who lied to NPR?

23 posted on 03/04/2012 4:51:04 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (If Jesus returned today the mormon church would try to sell him a condo in their billion-dollar mall)
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To: All

They always find scapegoats who will be punished.

So, did God speak to the president of the Mormon Church and tell him it should be stopped? Or was it Mitt who called?

Looks like God is going to tell them to make any change neccessary to get Mitt elected.

Seriously, after he gets the nomination the media is going to be all over this religion. They won’t say a word about obama and Islam killing people who don’t convert. But they’ll go after a religion that wants to baptize the entire world to try to get them to paradise.


24 posted on 03/04/2012 4:52:03 PM PST by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin)
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t understand why people get upset.

If the Mormon god is false, then it’s all a lie anyway. If the Mormon god is true, we should be happy for the assist.

If you don’t believe in it, why should you care? It’s not like YOU violated YOUR faith with this. Lighten up. God knows the difference.


25 posted on 03/04/2012 4:58:15 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: greyfoxx39
29 February

Letter From the Exalted and Glorious First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

We Command Ye that this proclaimation will be read to all Church corporations worldwide.

It has come to Our attention that the membership is in violation of the policies first stated in 1995 concerning the submission of names for Proxy Dead Dunking:

Our Preeminent obligation is to seek out and target our own ancestors. Those whose names are submitted for Proxy Dead Dunking should be related to the submitter.

Without exception, Corporation members must not submit for Proxy Dead Dunking any names from unauthorized politically sensitive groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims. If corporate members do so, they may forfeit their possible future exaltation and godhood. Other corrective action may also be taken. We will not further elaborate on this. Just remember the Curse of Ham. Think about it. In other words, stay out of the news until Our Man Mitt is elected. After that, you are again free to participate in Universal Proxy Dead Dunking.

In the future, we are also considering adding Proxy Cliff Diving and Proxy Olympic Events. [please strike that out before publishing - save for future revelation. - TSM]

Members are encouraged to participate in endless genealogy, which is vital to family history and Proxy Dead Dunking.

Volunteer, unpaid Bishops are asked to post this letter on their corporate bulletin boards. Corporate members may seek the assistance of the family history consultants in their area for additional information, if needed. Name submission policies are also clearly stated on New.FamilySearch.org.

We appreciate your obedience to these policies by all members of the Corporation. No doubt, you are well aware of our policy, "when the leaders have spoken, the thinking is done." Just obey.

Sincerely yours,
His Excellency Thomas S. Monson

Henry B. Eyring

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Office of the Exalted and Glorious First Presidency

26 posted on 03/04/2012 5:07:16 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: Ransomed

Why would anyone agree to stop that if that’s what one truly believes?

People have said the exact same thing about Mormonism dozens of times over their brief existence on topics such as:

Personally, I'm looking forward to the day when a Mormon religious leader such as Bishop Romney can address some of these simple issues.
27 posted on 03/04/2012 5:09:06 PM PST by Zakeet (The idiot Obozo is to competent leadership as an Etch-A-Sketch is to art)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Hilarious, AMPU!


28 posted on 03/04/2012 5:17:06 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (If Jesus returned today the mormon church would try to sell him a condo in their billion-dollar mall)
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To: Zakeet

I’ve alway thought that one of the strangest things was that they stopped the polygamy thing when the state told them to do so. Imagine the state telling Baptists their pastors had to be celibate or Catholics had to accept remarriage after a state divorce. They just would never have done it.

Freegards


29 posted on 03/04/2012 5:23:10 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: RegulatorCountry
Funny. Your talking about the LDS records, I was in their website just last night, looking for ERIC......

Well, I found him and his other self ARIC, and his other self RICK, rofl. SHhhhh don't tell them, the name I wanted was Aarick which I finally found with another source.

Now the way THEY see it, they now have 3 people made of the same man, so that's 3 dead dunks, but what the hey, keeps the mormon peons so busy they don't have time to ask questions or read the lies about their church.

Now that is what Rush would call mind numbed robots.

30 posted on 03/04/2012 5:23:39 PM PST by annieokie
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To: greyfoxx39

What a creepy cult...which also conveniently changes “dogma” on dime to suit its own P.R. needs.


31 posted on 03/04/2012 5:37:46 PM PST by montag813
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To: Ransomed
I’ve alway thought that one of the strangest things was that they stopped the polygamy thing when the state told them to do so.

Actually, the Mormons resisted as long as they could ... until their church was dissolved as an illegal criminal enterprise ... and the government began to confiscate their Perpetual Immigration Fund monies ... and all their other assets. And even they lied about it even unto this day.

Nevertheless, your point is well taken. By contrast, Christians refused to worship the Roman Emperor, even after having all of their money taken, being burned at the stake, fed to lions, executed in public arenas, etc.

Incidentally, all of the other items on my list were done quietly and without coercion ... after enough people began to laugh at their faith.

32 posted on 03/04/2012 5:37:57 PM PST by Zakeet (The idiot Obozo is to competent leadership as an Etch-A-Sketch is to art)
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To: Ransomed
Why would anyone agree to stop that if that’s what one truly believes?

Because they are spineless weasels??

Did MORMONism TRULY 'believe' in POLYGAMY?

Hell YES!!

It is in it's SCRIPTURES as an ETERNAL covenant from GOD! (Read it in D&C 132)

The RESTORED church rolled over on it's back and exposed it's soft belly to the U.S.Gummint back in 1890; whineing, "Please don't take our stuff; we'll quit."

I'd just HATE to be an SLC mormon these days; knowing the FATE that awaits me!!!


"Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be damned;

and I will go still further and say, take this revelation, or any other revelation that the Lord has given,

and deny it in your feelings, and I promise that you will be damned.

Brigham Young - JoD 3:266 (July 14, 1855)

33 posted on 03/04/2012 5:56:29 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: greyfoxx39


In conclusion let us summarize this grand key, these “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet”, for our salvation depends on them.


1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.
5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
6. The prophet does not have to say “Thus Saith the Lord,” to give us scripture.
7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
8. The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.
11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.
14. The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the First Presidency—follow them and be blessed—reject them and suffer.

I testify that these fourteen fundamentals in following the living prophet are true. If we want to know how well we stand with the Lord then let us ask ourselves how well we stand with His mortal captain—how close do our lives harmonize with the Lord’s anointed—the living Prophet—President of the Church, and with the Quorum of the First Presidency.

Ezra Taft Benson

(Address given Tuesday, February 26, 1980 at Brigham Young University)


34 posted on 03/04/2012 5:57:38 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: blueunicorn6
Or is it another case of the mormon church changing doctrine when they get into trouble?
35 posted on 03/04/2012 5:58:36 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: greyfoxx39
What can we find an 'OFFICIAL MORMON'    teaching??
Official sites are sites supported by LDS officials unless said official sites are consider unofficial by said officials.
At that point such sites are unofficial unless officially referenced for official purposes by officials who can do so officially.
 
This should not be misconstrued as an indication that official sites can be unofficially recognized as official nor should it be implied that unofficial sites cannot contain official information, but are not officially allowed to be offical despite their official contents due the their unofficialness.
 
Official sites will be official and recognized as official by officials of the LDS unless there is an official reason to mark them as unofficial either temporally or permanently, which would make the official content officially unofficial.
 
This is also not to imply that recognized sites, often used here by haters cannot contain official information, it just means that content, despite its official status, is no longer official and should be consider unofficial despite the same information being official on an official site elsewhere.
 
Even then the officialness my be amended due to the use of the unofficial information which may determine the officialness of anything be it official or unofficial depending on how and where it is used officially or unofficially.
I hope this clear things up for the lurkers out there.
The haters tend to make things complicated and confusing when it is all really quite crystal clear.   --Ejonesie22

36 posted on 03/04/2012 6:00:07 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Volunteer, unpaid Bishops are asked to post this letter on their corporate bulletin boards. Corporate members may seek the assistance of the family history consultants in their area for additional information, if needed. Name submission policies are also clearly stated on New.FamilySearch.org.

We appreciate your obedience to these policies by all members of the Corporation. No doubt, you are well aware of our policy, "when the leaders have spoken, the thinking is done." Just obey.




Corporation of the President

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
of the
CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

STATE OF UTAH

COUNTY OF SALT LAKE

I, the undersigned, having been duly chosen and appointed President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in conformity with the rites, regulations and discipline of said Church, being desirous of forming a corporation for the purpose of acquiring, holding and disposing of Church or religious society property, for the benefit of religion, for works of charity and for public worship, under and pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 3, Title 19, of the Compiled Laws of Utah, 1917, on "Churches and Religious Societies," and all acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, for that purpose do hereby make and subscribe, in duplicate, the following

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

First: The name of this corporation shall be the CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.

Second: The object of this corporation shall be to acquire, hold and dispose of such real and personal property as may be conveyed to or acquired by said corporation for the benefit of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religious society, for the benefit of religion, for works of charity and for public worship. Such real and personal property may be situated, either within the State of Utah, or elsewhere, and this corporation shall have power, without any authority or authorization from the members of said Church or religious society, to grant, sell, convey, rent, mortgage, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any part or all of such property.

Third: The estimated value of the property of which I hold the legal title for the purpose aforesaid, at the time of making these Articles of Incorporation, is One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.

Fourth: The title of the person making these Articles of Incorporation is "PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS."

Fifth: The corporation seal shall contain the words, "Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," and an impression thereof is hereto affixed.

[Seal] [Signed] Heber J. Grant
President of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.

STATE OF UTAH
SS:
COUNTY OF SALT LAKE

On this 26th day of November, 1923, before me, Arthur Winter, a Notary Public in and for said County, personally appeared HEBER J. GRANT, who is known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and duly acknowledged to me that he executed the same as such President.

[Seal] [Signed] Arthur Winter
Notary Public
Residing at Salt Lake City, Utah.
My commission expires Dec. 1, 1923.


AMENDMENT TO

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
of the
CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.

 

 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STATE OF UTAH ss.
COUNTY OF SALT LAKE

HEBER J. GRANT, being first duly sworn, deposes and says:

That he is now and for more than twenty years last past has been the duly chosen and appointed President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as such President has been since on or about the 26th day of November, 1923, and now is, the legally constituted Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter=day Saints, a corporation sole; that under and pursuant to Section 18-7-5 R.S.U. 1933 he hereby amends Article "Fourth" of said Articles of Incorporation as now of record in the proper offices of this and other states, said article as amended to read as follows:

ARTICLE FOURTH

Fourth: The title of the person making these articles of incorporation is "President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." He and his successor in office shall be deemed and are hereby created a body politic and corporation sole with perpetual succession, having all the powers and rights and authority in these articles specified or provided for by law. But in the event of death or resignation from office of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or in the event of a vacancy in that office from any cause, the President or Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of said Church, or one of the members of said Quorum thereunto designated by that Quorum, shall, pending the installation of a successor President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, be the corporation sole under these articles, and the laws pursuant to which they are made, and shall be and is authorized in his official capacity to execute in the name of the corporation all documents or other writings necessary to the carrying on of its purposes, business and objects, and to do all things in the name of the corporation which the original signer of the articles of incorporation might do; it being the purpose of these articles that there shall be no failure in succession in the office of such corporation sole.

[Signed] Heber J. Grant
President of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints,
corporation sole.
[Seal]

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 18 day of June, 1940.
[the name of Notary Public not shown on copy of amendment]

(Original in State of Utah Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah)


ARTICLES OF AMENDMENT
TO THE

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
of the
CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.


A UTAH CORPORATION SOLE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 16-7-5 of the Utah Code Annotated 1953 (as amended) relating to amendments of articles of incorporation of corporations sole, the CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, a Utah Corporation Sole, does hereby amend its Articles of Incorporation by adding an additional Paragraph V thereto as follows:

Upon the winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or religious and/or scientific purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has caused these presents to be executed this 19th day of November, 1973.

CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY
SAINTS, a Utah Corporation Sole

By: [signed] Harold B. Lee
Harold B. Lee, Corporation Sole

STATE OF UTAH ) ss:
County of Salt Lake )

HAROLD B. LEE, being first duly sworn, deposes and says: That he is now and ever since July 7, 1972, has been the duly chosen and appointed President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and, as such president, is now and ever since said date has been the legally constituted CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, a Utah Corporation Sole; that the original Articles of Incorporation of said Corporation Sole were executed by Heber J. Grant, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; that he, Harold B. Lee, is the successor in office to the said Heber J. Grant; that he, Harold B. Lee, executed the foregoing Articles of Amendment as said Corporation Sole.

[signed] Harold B. Lee

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 19th day of November, 1973.

[signed] Wilford W Kirton, Jr
NOTARY PUBLIC
Residing at Salt Lake City, Utah
My commission expires:
2-3-77


Articles of Incorporation as amended:

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

First: The name of this corporation shall be the CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.

Second: The object of this corporation shall be to acquire, hold and dispose of such real and personal property as may be conveyed to or acquired by said corporation for the benefit of the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religious society, for the benefit of religion, for works of charity and for public worship. Such real and personal property may be situated, either within the State of Utah, or elsewhere, and this corporation shall have power, without any authority or authorization from the members of said Church or religious society, to grant, sell, convey, rent, mortgage, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any part or all of such property.

Third: The estimated value of the property of which I hold the legal title for the purpose aforesaid, at the time of making these Articles of Incorporation, is One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.

Fourth: The title of the person making these articles of incorporation is "President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." He and his successor in office shall be deemed and are hereby created a body politic and corporation sole with perpetual succession, having all the powers and rights and authority in these articles specified or provided for by law. But in the event of death or resignation from office of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or in the event of a vacancy in that office from any cause, the President or Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of said Church, or one of the members of said Quorum thereunto designated by that Quorum, shall, pending the installation of a successor President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, be the corporation sole under these articles, and the laws pursuant to which they are made, and shall be and is authorized in his official capacity to execute in the name of the corporation all documents or other writings necessary to the carrying on of its purposes, business and objects, and to do all things in the name of the corporation which the original signer of the articles of incorporation might do; it being the purpose of these articles that there shall be no failure in succession in the office of such corporation sole.

Fifth: Upon the winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or religious and/or scientific purposes and which has established its tex-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Sixth: The corporate seal shall contain the words, "Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," and an impression thereof is hereto affixed.

37 posted on 03/04/2012 6:03:35 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Ransomed
I’ve alway thought that one of the strangest things was that they stopped the polygamy thing when the state told them to do so.

 
 
 
OFFICIAL DECLARATION—1

To Whom It May Concern:

Press dispatches having been sent for political purposes, from Salt Lake City, which have been widely published, to the effect that the Utah Commission, in their recent report to the Secretary of the Interior, allege that plural marriages are still being solemnized and that forty or more such marriages have been contracted in Utah since last June or during the past year, also that in public discourses the leaders of the Church have taught, encouraged and urged the continuance of the practice of polygamy

I, therefore, as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, do hereby, in the most solemn manner, declare that these charges are false. We are not teaching polygamy or plural marriage, nor permitting any person to enter into its practice, and I deny that either forty or any other number of plural marriages have during that period been solemnized in our Temples or in any other place in the Territory.

One case has been reported, in which the parties allege that the marriage was performed in the Endowment House, in Salt Lake City, in the Spring of 1889, but I have not been able to learn who performed the ceremony; whatever was done in this matter was without my knowledge. In consequence of this alleged occurrence the Endowment House was, by my instructions, taken down without delay.

Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been pronounced constitutional by the court of last resort, I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws, and to use my influence with the members of the Church over which I preside to have them do likewise.

There is nothing in my teachings to the Church or in those of my associates, during the time specified, which can be reasonably construed to inculcate or encourage polygamy; and when any Elder of the Church has used language which appeared to convey any such teaching, he has been promptly reproved. And I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any marriage forbidden by the law of the land.

WILFORD WOODRUFF
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 




President Lorenzo Snow offered the following:

“I move that, recognizing Wilford Woodruff as the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the only man on the earth at the present time who holds the keys of the sealing ordinances, we consider him fully authorized by virtue of his position to issue the Manifesto which has been read in our hearing, and which is dated September 24th, 1890, and that as a Church in General Conference assembled, we accept his declaration concerning plural marriages as authoritative and binding.”

The vote to sustain the foregoing motion was unanimous.

Salt Lake City, Utah, October 6, 1890.







 

EXCERPTS FROM THREE ADDRESSES BY
PRESIDENT WILFORD WOODRUFF
REGARDING THE MANIFESTO

The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty. (Sixty-first Semiannual General Conference of the Church, Monday, October 6, 1890, Salt Lake City, Utah. Reported in Deseret Evening News, October 11, 1890, p. 2.)

It matters not who lives or who dies, or who is called to lead this Church, they have got to lead it by the inspiration of Almighty God. If they do not do it that way, they cannot do it at all. . . .

I have had some revelations of late, and very important ones to me, and I will tell you what the Lord has said to me. Let me bring your minds to what is termed the manifesto. . . .

The Lord has told me to ask the Latter-day Saints a question, and He also told me that if they would listen to what I said to them and answer the question put to them, by the Spirit and power of God, they would all answer alike, and they would all believe alike with regard to this matter.

The question is this: Which is the wisest course for the Latter-day Saints to pursue—to continue to attempt to practice plural marriage, with the laws of the nation against it and the opposition of sixty millions of people, and at the cost of the confiscation and loss of all the Temples, and the stopping of all the ordinances therein, both for the living and the dead, and the imprisonment of the First Presidency and Twelve and the heads of families in the Church, and the confiscation of personal property of the people (all of which of themselves would stop the practice); or, after doing and suffering what we have through our adherence to this principle to cease the practice and submit to the law, and through doing so leave the Prophets, Apostles and fathers at home, so that they can instruct the people and attend to the duties of the Church, and also leave the Temples in the hands of the Saints, so that they can attend to the ordinances of the Gospel, both for the living and the dead?

The Lord showed me by vision and revelation exactly what would take place
if we did not stop this practice. If we had not stopped it, you would have had no use for . . . any of the men in this temple at Logan; for all ordinances would be stopped throughout the land of Zion. Confusion would reign throughout Israel, and many men would be made prisoners. This trouble would have come upon the whole Church, and we should have been compelled to stop the practice. Now, the question is, whether it should be stopped in this manner, or in the way the Lord has manifested to us, and leave our Prophets and Apostles and fathers free men, and the temples in the hands of the people, so that the dead may be redeemed. A large number has already been delivered from the prison house in the spirit world by this people, and shall the work go on or stop? This is the question I lay before the Latter-day Saints. You have to judge for yourselves. I want you to answer it for yourselves. I shall not answer it; but I say to you that that is exactly the condition we as a people would have been in had we not taken the course we have.

. . . I saw exactly what would come to pass if there was not something done. I have had this spirit upon me for a long time. But I want to say this: I should have let all the temples go out of our hands; I should have gone to prison myself, and let every other man go there, had not the God of heaven commanded me to do what I did do; and when the hour came that I was commanded to do that, it was all clear to me. I went before the Lord, and I wrote what the Lord told me to write. . . .

I leave this with you, for you to contemplate and consider. The Lord is at work with us.
(Cache Stake Conference, Logan, Utah, Sunday, November 1, 1891. Reported in Deseret Weekly, November 14, 1891.)
 
 
 

Now I will tell you what was manifested to me and what the Son of God performed in this thing. . . . All these things would have come to pass, as God Almighty lives, had not that Manifesto been given. Therefore, the Son of God felt disposed to have that thing presented to the Church and to the world for purposes in his own mind. The Lord had decreed the establishment of Zion. He had decreed the finishing of this temple. He had decreed that the salvation of the living and the dead should be given in these valleys of the mountains. And Almighty God decreed that the Devil should not thwart it. If you can understand that, that is a key to it.
 
(From a discourse at the sixth session of the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple, April 1893. Typescript of Dedicatory Services, Archives, Church Historical Department, Salt Lake City, Utah.)
 

 
 
 
 
What kind of  'Leadership' is THIS???
 
compared to...
 
 
 
 
Hebrews 11:35-40
 35.  Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
 36.  Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.
 37.  They were stoned ; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated--
 38.  the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 
 
 
or compared to...
 

Acts 4:19.  But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.
 


 
So much for an 'Everlasting Covenant' that thundered out of Heaven!!!
 
Well; it DID last about 47 years!
 



 
Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriage...
I hereby declare my intention to submit to those laws..."

~ Wilford Woodruff, 4th LDS President

 


38 posted on 03/04/2012 6:05:25 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: Zakeet

It’s funny cause them polygamy womens aint got no breastages


39 posted on 03/04/2012 6:08:38 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: OrangeHoof; cripplecreek

How would you feel if someone urinated on your parents grave?

Its akin to that.


40 posted on 03/04/2012 6:21:30 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: OrangeHoof; cripplecreek

It should have been PUBLICLY urinated on your parents grave and took pictures?


41 posted on 03/04/2012 6:22:09 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

LOL. Careful, someone might take you seriously then the Mormons will bring it up every time someone asks what we posted was false. That’s what happened when I wrote a fake letter a few years ago as a joke.


42 posted on 03/04/2012 6:23:29 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Zakeet

In Mormonism is it all about the money (and PR).

The quickest way to get the LDS church to back off is to have your lawyer contact them.


43 posted on 03/04/2012 6:25:40 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

“LOL. Careful, someone might take you seriously then the Mormons will bring it up every time someone asks what we posted was false. That’s what happened when I wrote a fake letter a few years ago as a joke.”

Eh, they lie. They are taught to lie for the Lord.

I helped bring out the truth about the cult of Mormonism through satire.

They don’t like the truth. I understand.


44 posted on 03/04/2012 6:46:46 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldn’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

The truth really scares Mormons. They keep harping on how they have ‘the Truth’ etc, but in reality, they would rather live a comfortable lie than deal with the harsh truth or entertain the notion that Mormonism, and thus their entire life, is a lie.

It really is scary for them, it was for me but I resolved that I wanted to know the truth, even if it meant giving up everything and so I pressed on. Most Mormons just put the doubts up on a shelf and ignore them rather than really investigate.


45 posted on 03/04/2012 7:22:04 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: greyfoxx39

BTTT

One false prophet worshipper versus another...and that’s the best we should expect as Americans? I think not.


46 posted on 03/04/2012 7:23:03 PM PST by KJC1
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To: greyfoxx39

Stop posthumous baptisms of “unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims.”
_______________________________________________

and Nana’a happily-dead-as-Christians ancestors..


47 posted on 03/04/2012 7:33:47 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: OrangeHoof; greyfoxx39
I don't understand why people get upset.

Daniel Pearl's last words (before he was beheaded and before his body was cut into ten pieces and scattered on camera for the entire world to see):

"My name is Daniel Pearl. I am a Jewish American from Encino, California USA. I come from, uh, on my father's side the family is Zionist. My father's Jewish, my mother's Jewish, I'm Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We've made numerous family visits to Israel. Back in the town of Bnei Brak there is a street named after my great grandfather Chaim Pearl who is one of the founders of the town"

Daniel Pearl died as he lived - a Jew who loved God with all his heart.

The Mormons are clear in saying that his faith was not enough. His love of God was not enough. He was not good enough. And for that matter, God Himself is not good enough. Even though God and the Bible say otherwise, according to Mormons, everyone gets a do-over. Everyone gets to be Mormon, which is so much better than being Christian or Jewish.

I strongly encourage you to seek out and watch the footage of Daniel Pearl being decapitated for his faith in God and then come back and explain again how it doesn't make a difference and how it doesn't matter.

Come back and explain how one can refuse to deny God, knowing that means leaving your wife a young widow and your child fatherless. Explain how a man can willingly pay the ultimate price for his faith, and then be told that it wasn't good enough.

48 posted on 03/04/2012 7:38:42 PM PST by mountainbunny (Seamus Sez: "Good dogs don't let their masters vote for Mitt!")
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To: greyfoxx39
Mormons who continue to embarrass the faith by submitting the names of celebrities and Holocaust victims for the proxy baptism rite will lose access to the Mormon genealogical records, the letter warns. “Other corrective action may also be taken,” it says.
______________________________________________

Oh noez

14 million mormons are scared now..

The worse punishment ever..

Surely its unconstitutional...

49 posted on 03/04/2012 7:40:40 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: greyfoxx39

Mormons who continue to embarrass the faith by submitting the names of celebrities and Holocaust victims for the proxy baptism rite will lose access to the Mormon genealogical records, the letter warns.
______________________________________________

So what happens to tennagers like tghe young Willard Mitt Romney who voluntry get wet in proxy for thoose listed ???

and Thomas Monson himself who allows and encourages the practice in the mormon temples ???

Someone in high authority allows the use of the temple cow bowls...

the common peon mormons dont just walk in and stealthy do this ..


50 posted on 03/04/2012 7:46:22 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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