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Hi I'm Tim

I'm a Mormon. I'm a regular guy.

About Me

I'm a pretty regular guy, a lawyer who enjoys adventure travel (India, Guatemala, New Guinea), programming (C#, SQL, Asp.Net), and backpacking (British Columbia, California, Washington State -- especially the San Juan Islands).

Why I am a Mormon

I believe it's true. Don't get me wrong, there are many benefits to being a member of the Church--nice people, great support system, a sort of temporal safety net, instant social life, etc. But mainly I am a member of the Church because I believe its teachings are true. So, why do I believe it's true? There is a distinct and undeniable presence that attends me as I follow the Church's teachings.

How I live my faith

I help others who are new to the faith as my congregation's "Ward Mission Leader." In particular, I've had the chance to work with many people who are recovering addicts. In the end, I have to say I've gotten back more than I've put in. (Really.)

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Tim
Christ stated that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5, Authorized King James version of the Bible.) In other words, we must be baptized and received the Holy Spirit to enter into God's kingdom. The majority of people were not given the opportunity to be baptized during their journey on earth. So we are baptized on their behalf. This is called a "proxy baptism" or "baptism for the dead," since we are acting as a proxy for those who have passed to the next life. Proxy baptisms occur in our temples, and can only be performed by practicing members. The baptisms are like a regular baptism, except that the person is baptized "for and in behalf of" another person. The apostle Paul referred to the established practice of baptism for the dead to prove that we will someday be resurrected. In 1 Corinthians 15:29 (Authorized King James version of the Bible), he wrote: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" His point was that there was no point in conducting baptisms for the dead, if people weren't going to be resurrected to begin with. So, the practice was widely accepted in Christ's original Church. Show more Show less