What is the practice called baptism for the dead? Why does it matter? Watch the Church video “Baptism for the Dead ” to help you understand it better.
2000 years ago, Jesus went to the Jordan River and was baptized by immersion, lowered fully under the water, by John the Baptist. By doing this, Jesus showed us two things: first, that each of us needs to be baptized as He was; second, a baptism must be performed by somebody with authority from God. But here’s the problem. What about those millions of people who died without baptism, or who were baptized but without proper authority?
That’s why we practice baptisms for the dead in temples today.
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