Mormons Revamping Proxy Baptisms

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - JULY 5: A painting of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus is on display inside the north visitors center of the LDS Church on July 5, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jason Andrew/Reportage by Getty Images)

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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said this week that it will be changing its policy of proxy baptisms,  in what some say is an effort to crack down on the practice following a wave of negative press. A spokesman for the Mormon church, Michael Purdy, said in a written statement that they church is “committed to preventing the misguided practice of submitting Holocaust victims and prominent individuals for proxy baptism.” Helen Radkey, the whistle-blower who recently made the baptism records public, said she has been “effectively stopped” since her access has been denied. The Mormon church faced significant backlash when word spread a few weeks ago that the practice has been continuing.

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