Here Are 10 Famous People Posthumously Baptized By Mormons

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You’d never guess that these famous people are Mormons. They’d never guess it either, considering that they didn’t exactly consent to becoming Mormons.

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Posthumous baptisms allow Church members to give non-Mormon relatives a chance to get into heaven after death.

Technically, a proxy baptism doesn’t mean an automatic conversion for the dead person. The soul of the deceased needs to consent to the baptism from beyond the grave in order to make the switch final. The soul could reject the chance to convert. 

When someone is baptized posthumously more than once, that just means more chances to confirm or decline.  

Some people don’t take kindly to the offer. In 1995, the Church said it would stop baptizing Holocaust victims, after it was revealed that tens of thousands had been added to a list of baptized individuals. 

Elie Wiesel, the famous Holocaust survivor and memoirist, called on Mitt Romney to tell the Church to stop baptizing Holocaust victims after  Helen Radkey, a researcher and ex-Church member, discovered his name on a list of names “ready” for baptism.

Members of the church have access to a database of people who have been baptized after death.

Ann Dunham

The day after then-Senator Barack Obama secured the Democratic presidential nomination, someone posthumously baptized the late mother of President Obama into the Mormon faith.

The Church denounced the baptism, as performing baptisms for non-relatives is not permitted.

She died of cancer in 1995.

Source: ABC

Steve Irwin

Elvis Presley

Elvis was never a Mormon in life, but according to some reports, was interested in converting. A copy of the Book of Mormon that may have belonged to the singer is housed in the archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He has been baptized at least seven times.

Source: Deseret News, Famous Dead Mormons

Adolf Hitler

Eek.

According to Radkey, records obtained in 1998 show that Adolf Hitler was 'baptized' and 'endowed' on December 10, 1993, and 'sealed' to his parents on March 12, 1994. Both place in the London Temple, England.

Source: Utah Lighthouse Ministry

Anne Frank

Oh yes they did.

Mormons carried out at least nine proxy baptisms for Anne Frank between 1989 and 1999. And they did it again a little over a week ago, according to Radkey.

In a statement, The Church of Latter Day Saints denounced the baptisms of Holocaust victims: 'The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism.'

Sources: The Huffington Post, USA Today

Daniel Pearl

Princess Diana

Diana Frances Spencer's entry in the database of posthumously baptized lists her address as the family seat of Althorp, Northamptonshire. It also lists her birth and death date.

Source: Daily Mail

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, the second-longest serving Pope, has been posthumously baptized six times, most recently on April 23, 2011.

Source: The Salamander Society

Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violent protest was baptized in 1996.

Source: The Huffington Post

Joan of Arc

At the age of 19, Joan of Arc led the French army to several victories during the Hundred Years' War. She was captured and burned at the stake. Then the Roman Catholic Church made her a saint.

And now she's baptized as a Mormon.

Source: Famous Dead Mormons, New York Daily News

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