Date: August 21, 2021 02:56PM
Thank you D&D; I have a slew more, for example:
Joseph Smith's older brother Alvin got sick and died at 25. Joe and the family were naturally devastated. To make things worse, they had a local Presbyterian minister speak at the funeral and he, with all the compassion and tact of a startled rattlesnake, stated that Alvin was a lost soul since he hadn't become a member of the minister's congregation.
That's all it took for Joe to include "Baptism for the Dead" as part of his grand scheme of reinventing Christianity. He conveniently misread and perverted the verse in 1 Corinthians 15 to assuage the remorse for his "lost" brother, and now Mormons are saddled with the costliest form of useless busywork ever devised; all because of one cretinous sermon at a funeral.
"On any given day, in more than 150 Mormon temples around the world, thousands of faithful Mormons are baptized vicariously for the dead. Most non-Mormons are dimly aware that the Mormons are interested in genealogy, but they are not sure why. While there is nothing wrong with being interested in genealogy as a hobby, this is far from a hobby for Mormons."https://www.catholic.com/tract/mormonisms-baptism-for-the-dead
Odd thing about LDS Dead Dunkin', not only does the Bible not support it, the Book of Mormon plainly refutes it:
"For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he does seal you his. Therefore, the spirit of the Lord has withdrawn from you and hath no place in you; the power of the devil is over you, and this is the final state of the wicked." -- Alma 34:35-36
But, I suppose it's not all bad; well, it is bad, but at least some enterprising young people such as the creator of the StoryWorth app, are smart enough to make a buck or two off it; kinda like the money made selling those dust-collecting Book of Mormon/Bible animated story books that were once so popular with those less literate parents who hoped their unruly kids might look at them eventually, someday, maybe, but never did.