How I Baptize My Dead Pa

It was a great feeling and a feeling of happiness and contentment when I baptized my dead father inside the Manila Philippines Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or popularly known as Mormon.

It was in September 1984 when our local Church had a temple excursion in Manila. My family, my wife and I were among those who went. It was the time when the Manila Philippines Temple was to be dedicated to be operational and ordinances like a personal endowment, temple marriage, family sealing, and baptism for the dead would be performed for those worthy members.

After I received my personal endowment and sealing to my wife and children, I got a schedule for the baptism of my late father. And it was set on the following day after the temple dedication by Apostle Gordon B. Hinckley. The time had come. I was dressed all white and went down to the huge circular baptismal font inside the temple. An authorized priesthood holder was awaiting me there.

The baptismal prayer was said after the complete name of my late father was vocally mentioned. I was totally immersed in the cold water of the baptismal font. As I was brought up to the surface, I saw a white shadow of an old man, standing afar near the entrance to the font smiling. I smiled back and it vanished like a smoke. I know it was my father who is happy for I substituted him for his baptism.


  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    I’ve always found this ritual very bizarre, to be honest. I’m glad you have the feeling that your father is happy about it. But I can tell you for certain that I would not be pleased if a loved one were to do the same in my name! To me, baptism is a choice that each person must make for himself. I strongly believe in adult baptism only, and never for anyone deceased unless he had made his intentions clear prior to death.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      I don’t have to argue with you. That is what you believe and you feel is proper.

  2. Gil Camporazo Post author

    @ruby3881, well, I do respect your opinion for it. For those who don’t understand it, for those who consider it as a ritual, they have theirs. But for us as latter-day saints, that kind of ordinance inside the temple is a revealed truth and ordinance. We were just following what the scripture says about it. It is our privilege to give our dead ancestors the opportunity to get baptized for they’re already dead and they didn’t the chance to make their own choice. At least we did what is expected from us as the living.

    1. Kyla Matton Osborne

      I can see where you believe you are helping, and I’ve always respected that. In my case, I am well aware of the teachings of the LDS, so no relative can claim after my death that I haven’t had the chance to be baptized into their faith. I actively choose not to and would be angry if a relative chose not to respect that choice.

      I have known of certain LDS individuals who actively tried to convert loved ones during their life, only to baptize them against their wishes after their demise. I have to wonder whether anybody believes such a baptism would have the desired effect. Don’t you have to want it for the sacrament to “work”?

      Anyway, I am sure this is not the case in your situation. It sounds like you did what was right by your father. I was just commenting about this ritual in general.

  3. Gil Camporazo Post author

    For others, this sounds weird and ridiculous. But as for me, I have done the best thing for dead father and to my other dead family members. Baptism by proxy is one of the humble ways, we could do to give our forebears the chance to be saved.

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