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How much information is needed to do a proxy baptism for someone?

I just got my temple recommendation (literally, ten minutes ago) and I am gathering information on my great uncle, who died about half a year ago. How much information is needed?

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If your uncle is dead a baptism has no meaning. I mean it might make you and the rest of his family feel better, but unless he left instructions asking for such a thing to be done for him after his death, I think you should just let your uncle rest in peace. If he'd wanted to be baptized into your church, he'd have done so when he was alive.

Not sure how accurate the Wiki article is, but only certain people are able to perform such baptisms.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_for_the_dead#LDS_Church_doctrine

Don't think you really need to have all that much information, other than their name though, but you'd have to ask your Elders to be sure.

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I find his suggestion disrespectful to his uncle and agree with you completely.
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If Wiki is right - they believe the person's spirit has the right to reject the baptism, so I guess as long as that's an option, it makes me feel somewhat better about it. Still definitely agree that if you can't actually ask someone, it's not a good idea.
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It doesn't get more corrupt, if it is without the dead person's consent himself, that you'd need to dig up a dead person to FORCE your belief into his lifeless body.
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Work for the dead is one our most important ordinances. My being baptized in his place is little different from me asking a pair of missionaries to go to his house. He still has his agency, and can do with it what he wills. If I am wrong in the end, he will be no different than before. But if I am right, then I will have at least tried to make his afterlife better. How do I, or you for that matter, know he did not find the church because no one ever explained it to him. Is it his fault, and should he be denied a better place because of the lack of a chance? I am just doing what I know to be right, on the hopes that I will make him happy.
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This is a common practice of Mormons ... to "baptize" the dead into their church.

Not sure why. But I heard it has to do with their belief about the afterlife. Allegedly, their afterlife has to do with controlling planets ... as the "god" of that planet ... and the more family members they bring into the church, the more powerful "god" they become. > As I said, that's what I've heard, but don't know how much is true.
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Anyway ... I was going to say ... that is one of the reasons Mormons are so fascinated with genealogy. So when doing genealogy research, you have to double-check any of their "findings" with original documents. Because they will claim their ancestors were Mormons - when they were not.
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Well Walt_OReagun, I have heard nothing about controlling planets. As far as I know baptizing someone who is dead can help them get higher in the kingdoms of heaven. It is a choice on the part of the person, so there is no forcing of anything.
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You're half right ... there is no forcing of anything ... on somebody who is dead.

Of course, neither is there any choice on their part ... because ... y'know ... they're dead.
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Their spirits are still alive and can make choices.
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A proxy baptism? Seriously?
You cant baptise simeone after they are dead!!!! It has to be a persinal CHOICE! If he didnt choose to be baptised while alive you cant force it on him now hes dead. Thats just insane! Waut....your catholic right? You guys are so into forcing things on people that they never chose fir themselves. Esp when they are dead and have no say.
Save yourself some work and stress. No matter what silly rituals you perform it wont matter because he is DEAD and beyond anything you or anyone can do now.

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Catholics don't baptise the dead. Mormons do.
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The deceased spirit can decide whether they want to accept or reject the baptism
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The Mormon practice of baptism for the dead is neither scriptural nor sensible. Baptism for the dead is a practice that was common in the pagan religions of Greece and is still practiced today by some cults; but it doesn't change a person's eternal destiny, for that is determined while he lives (Luke 16:26).

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Read 2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil."
The deeds done while in the body, i.e. WHILE ALIVE are what we will judged on. Our choice - to obey or to not obey is made while we are living (that is, Now is the time to baptized into Christ Galatians 3:27, Not after we are physically dead)!

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They have to be dead for at least a couple of years to start off, if he died recently I would recommend someone that died longer ago because they have been waiting longer and would really love you for it.

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I would, but he is the only one recently deceased that I have any information on. The family historians of my ward are supposed to help me this week, and I wanted to get as much of the necessary information I had before hand. I plan on doing as many as I can, as fast as I can. I don't want to keep anyone waiting.
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Oh, and thank you for not getting angry at me like everyone above.
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Joe, I for one am very proud of you for helping those that didn't have the opportunity for one reason or the other to be baptized . It's an important ordinance and I'm sure your uncle is waiting and grateful for your service to him. Bless you!!
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I think you need full name, birthdate, and death date. Other info is appreciated. I think that you are a hero !!

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I can't wait for the next temple trip so I can do it. All I need is his day and month of birth, I have the year. I know he is just as impatient as I am. At least my entire family line is not waiting for me, as I believe my mom's father's family were all members of the church, and performed many proxy baptism.
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