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The Time Mormons Baptized Adolf Hitler and Vlad the Impaler

You probably knew that Mormons can baptize people who are already dead — but you probably didn’t know quite how many historical figures the Mormon religious leaders have managed to baptize over the years.

Most of the time, when Mormons are baptizing the long-dead, it’s because a current member of the faith wants to recruit his or her ancestors into the church. But at least some high-profile baptisms skipped over this requirement — arousing more than a little controversy. Like the time they decided to baptize Hitler. And hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims.

Top image: Doctor Who, “Let’s Kill Hitler”

Releasing the dead from Spirit Prison So where does baptism for the dead even come from? It started at the same time as the Mormon faith itself: in the first half of the 19th century. Founder Joseph Smith endorsed this practice, as part of his spiritual revelation.

Currently, Mormons believe baptism is necessary for an individual to exit from “Spirit Prison” – a place akin to purgatory in the Catholic Church. Anyone outside the Mormon faith enters Spirit Prison at the time of their death.

By baptizing the dead, Mormons offer the people in Spirit Prison the option to accept Mormonism, and enter the Celestial Kingdom.

So how do you do it? Here’s the process: A proxy, often a young adult over the age of 12, is submerged under water while a name or list of names is called out by an officiant, with the act of recitation confirming the baptism. These baptisms can only occur at Temples, of which there are 139 around the world.

The baptism, in the eyes of Mormons, does not make the baptized a Mormon. The act only gives the baptized the option to select Mormonism, if the church’s view of the afterlife turns out to be correct. Taking this option into account, many Mormons look at this process as a “quantity over quality” situation, attempting to baptize as many individuals by proxy as possible.

Through this relatively mundane process of recitation and submersion, Mormon church members have baptized a number of historical figures. This list includes some particularly evil ones, like Vlad the Impaler and Adolf Hitler. Serial killer Ted Bundy is another individual to add to the “evil” category — but at least Bundy had practiced Mormonism while alive.

Constant Controversy To aid in proxy baptism, the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints maintains the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The $8 million building allows members of the Mormon faith to research their desires to baptize their deceased family members. Over two billion names are currently within the genealogical database.

The LDS maintains a free geneological site, Family Search, as well as a user-restricted site, using this database.

In the course of baptizing as many of the dead as possible, Mormon followers baptized between 300,000 and 400,000 Jewish Holocaust victims, garnering the ire of religious groups across the world. Members also baptized Pope John Paul II four times in 2006.

The church claims that it no longer baptizes the deceased, unless they are direct relatives of a living member of the Church. Controversial baptisms can still occur, however, since a church member could submit almost any name for baptism, without any outside approval needed.

Baptizing family members outside of the Mormon faith is common, to ensure that the family is not separated in the afterlife. In 1993, church members baptized Mitt Romney’s deceased father-in-law, Edward Roderick Davies, a life-long atheist.

Also, Mormons have baptized Richard Feynman, George Carlin, and Eazy-E, making for some interesting moments in the afterlife if the Mormon concept of life after death is correct.

 

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The smallest man in the world died at the age of 27 from pneumonia

The little Nepalese took part in various television shows, traveled around the world, met with the highest people in the world and enjoyed the attention to his person.

Khagendra’s height was only 67 cm and weight 5.5 kg. From a very young age, this little man was of miniature growth, born with primordial dwarfism. When he was a child, he was already known in many countries as the smallest boy in the world, and then as the smallest teenager.

After the official title of the Guinness Book of Records, Khagendra became a living symbol of Nepal, attracting tourists to this poor mountainous country.

Because of his abnormal growth, Khagendra often suffered from many medical problems, ranging from asthma to problems with breathing and bone pain. Shortly before his death, his heart began to ache often, and then he also caught pneumonia and his body simply could not withstand such a load.

Despite all the above problems, Khagendra remained a cheerful and optimistic person to the end. He was completely dependent on his parents and moved with great difficulty, but he had normal mental development and was well aware of his condition and position.

Khagendra had a younger brother, who was born completely normal and then helped Khagendra cope with various domestic inconveniences.

“He was so small at birth that could fit in the palm of my hand and it was very difficult for us to bathe and care for him,” says Khagendra’s father Rup Bahadur.

Before the death of Khagendra, the official smallest man in the world was recognized as Junrey Balawing from the Philippines, 56 cm tall, but he cannot walk on his own.

Of those dwarfs who can walk, now the smallest is the Colombian Eduardo Nino Hernandez (pictured below), whose height is 70 cm.


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A chicken in Brazil laid an egg with a text message

This happened in the municipality of Ceará, Brazil. According to reymisterios.com, a stunned farmer named Raimundo Aluceno came to the local newspaper and demanded that the jounalists send the best scientists to the poultry farm. The reason for this was one of his birds, which laid a somewhat abnormal egg.

Raimundo has long been engaged in his business and has seen everything. But for the chicken to lay an egg with some mysterious symbols – this is what he sees for the first time.

First, our hero shared the discovery with his neighbors, who, too, were stunned. Then at a meeting of the villagers, it was decided to send Raimundo to the scientists to explain this strange phenomenon.

Unfortunately, he did not reach the scientists, however, the TV channel Monólitos, broadcasting in Portuguese, became interested in the incident. The journalists went to the place and checked everything, after which they took a short interview from Raimundo.

The egg turned out to be real, not fake, and now no one knows how to interpret this event. The opinions of people are divided.

So, many people think that aliens are to blame for everything, since Brazil is a continuous anomalous zone. But why did aliens need this? Is this some kind of joke or message left to people?

On the other hand, many see the divine sign in everything. Moreover, since the symbols more closely resemble to numbers, not letters, believers see this as the date of prophecy about the Apocalypse.

The situation with this egg is funny on one hand, and not on the the other. Why it is not funny can be understood if we recall that many cultures of the world are engaged in coloring eggs – they draw some patterns, inscriptions and so on.

All this, of course, could be some kind of witchcraft, whose roots go back to times about which nothing is known. But, apparently, there was some reason for the ancient people to make inscriptions on chicken eggs.

Maybe the ancients really had some sacred birds through which some forces transmitted messages to people, painting something on the shell. Then the messages ceased and the people themselves began to draw some patterns, repeating a forgotten ritual.

If this assumption is correct, then probably these ancient and forgotten times are returning and now many birds in the world will be carrying some quotes and valuable advice, so we follow the development of events.

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Strange multi-colored flashes in the night sky of Ohio still have not received a logical explanation

These strange multi-colored flashes in the night sky were shot last Sunday by an outdoor surveillance camera installed on a house in Bethel, Ohio.

The population of the town is only a little more than 2700 people and of course in such a small settlement there are no large stadiums, night clubs with spotlights and other institutions that could theoretically be involved in these bright flashes of light.

In addition to the camera, outbreaks were personally observed by the owners of the house on which this camera was installed. Tim Walker and his daughter Carolyn took up garbage collection late at night and literally froze in place when they saw colorful flashes that lit up the night sky.

The flashes lasted only a few seconds, and then stopped, but when the father and daughter went further along the road, the night sky again lit up with a bright flash. That is, if this happened intermittently, then this is clearly not a falling meteorite.

However, no one knows what it could still be , although news of these strange outbreaks soon appeared in many media. None of the logical versions could explain where these reddish-orange-pink-violet flashes came from.

According to Carolyn, at first she thought that something big had exploded there and felt very anxious. However, no loud sounds were heard.

And according to Tim Walker, what he saw reminded him of the explosions of shells that he saw while serving in the army. Except that here all this was completely soundless.

In the following days, reporters asked the local police and the Clermont County Emergency Department, to which the town belongs, but could not explain anything there. Also, nothing is said about whether it could be an accident on power lines or any substation.

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