This article in The Salt Lake Tribune totally made my day. Seriously. Made me smile all day long.
In particular, this quote:
“I’ve talked to a lot of people who say they didn’t know that an undocumented immigrant can be baptized,” Yapias said. “But the church has made statements saying they don’t ask for legal status for baptism or temple recommends.”
Michael Clara, state chairman of the Utah Hispanic Republican Assembly, said the temple recommend question can trip up members. He said one of the questions asked of Mormons seeking a temple recommend — a requirement to enter an LDS temple — is if a member has been “honest in your dealings with your fellow men.”
Here. Let’s just cite a few points.
1. Do you think Adolf Hitler, baptized by the Mormons AFTER he was dead, was honest in his dealings with fellow men? I think he was honestly a psychopath.
2. If you willingly baptize people WHO ARE DEAD and not even present in body OR spirit, why on earth would you care if they are in a country legally? Especially if they are standing there with a heartbeat? It’s got to be more exciting than the whole proxy baptism thing.
3. Perhaps this is the Mormon version of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. “You have a bit of an accent. Are you from the South? Don’t tell me!”
I love Utah.