Right, so Mormon PR is on the scene, saying sorry for a member’s violation of a 1995 agreement that the Mormon Church wouldn’t baptize Holocaust victims anymore. But Elie Wiesel is pissed, thr ADL is pissed, and Simon Wiesenthal is of course pissed that word got out this his parents can decide to be Mormon in the afterlife. (When I say “choice,” I mean that when someone is baptized posthumously, they can choose to become Mormon in the afterlife “Spirit World” place but apparently they aren’t forced to.)
But you know what? This “sorry” is empty. Not that you guys couldn’t figure that out, but here are a few reasons why I KNOW the Mormons aren’t really sorry.
So, let me explain to you folks why Mormons love to baptize Jews in particular.
There are verses in the New Testament which say:
23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,
24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
And since the Book of Mormon is essentially a plagiarized KJV, there is a similar passage in 1 Nephi 30:40-42:
40 And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.
41 And they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; wherefore they both shall be established in one; for there is one God and one Shepherd over all the earth.
42 And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”
Mormons interpret this thusly: Essentially, the Jews were the first to hear the word of God in Abrahamic times, and they were the first to learn from Jesus Christ the fulfillment of the gospel. They rejected it, so from 30ish CE on, it was the Gentiles in Rome and Europe who became Christian and were God’s people. So during the time period of 1000 BCE-30ish CE, the Jews were the “first” and the Gentiles were the “last” to hear the word.
So jump to today, and the general atmosphere among Mormons is that today, this modern period, are the “last days” before the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ when the fulness of the Gospel has been restored. Meaning, Joseph Smith and his group of Gentiles in the mid 1800s were the “first” to receive the word, and now it is the Jews’ turn to be “last.”
I remember various seminary teachers, bishops, what have you, were always so happy to tell stories about converts to Mormonism who used to be Jewish. Mormons see Jews “coming back” to be a fulfillment of this prophecy which is destined to occur before the 2nd coming.
One particular memory I have pertaining to this was when I was 16 (4 years ago) and I went to my step-uncle’s baptism. His bishop randomly stood up before the ceremony (or maybe it was before the baptism? I don’t remember) and started saying what a blessing baptism was, and how pertinent a cause it is to posthumously baptize Jewish people. Regardless of whether or not they were shoved into a furnace for being Jewish.
I get that was his own personal crazy opinion, but everyone there nodded their heads in agreement. I vaguely remember other instances of other random Mormons discussing the all-important mission of being the “last” into the fold - specifically the Jews.
I’ve concluded that based on scriptural text and my own personal experiences that the general attitude Mormons have towards baptizing Jews is a positive one.
So see guise? Baptizing Jews/Holocaust victims is really an awesome thing and totally not offensive! They’re just trying to help you! :-D