I think the BOM injunction certainly applies to the latter but not to the former.]]>
So, yeah. I’m all for it after MUCH prayer and preparation.]]>
It has been pre-empted by modern revelation setting the age at eight and justifying us before God when we baptize those children.
So yes, Moroni’s logic probably applies to many eight year olds who are baptized. But God has justified us in this matter via revelation.]]>
Ordinances for Persons Who Have Mental Disabilities
When contemplating ordinances for a person who has a mental disability, priesthood leaders and parents prayerfully consider the person’s wishes and degree of understanding. Ordinances should not be withheld if the person is worthy, wants to receive them, and demonstrates an appropriate degree of responsibility and accountability. Living persons whose disabilities cause them to have the mental capacity of little children may not be accountable (see D&C 29:46-50). The saving ordinances do not need to be performed for these persons.
If leaders determine that a person should receive an ordinance, they help him or her understand and prepare for it.
Comments #10 and #11 sum it up well:
“If a child who was mentally handicapped wanted to be baptized because all the other people in his class were being baptized, I wouldn’t oppose it myself.”
“And I just can’t see a loving Heavenly Father telling her, ‘No, sorry my dear little Cami, even though everyone around you is following the Savior by being baptized, you are just too handicapped to do so.’”
And then there’s what Heber J. Grant said in the Priesthood/RS manual a couple years ago: “I’d baptize the devil if he requested it.”
Based on what I’ve seen, bishops have okay’ed the baptism of plenty of healthy normal 8 year olds (children of both totally active and totally inactive parents) who still had absolutely no idea what baptism or church membership was about.
I don’t think requirements should be more rigid for the handicapped than for the average kids.
In fact, I finally figured out that if baptism requirements were meant to be rigid and strict, then the church wouldn’t have 19 and 20 year olds doing the convert baptism interviews.]]>
Clearly she doesn’t “need” baptism, but in such cases of mental handicaps, I seriously doubt the parents of these children “are in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment” (Moro. 8:21).
On the contrary, to me it seems that to deny such sweet children the opportunity to follow Christ’s example in this way is, in fact, a perfect instance of “awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them” (Moro. 8:19).]]>
Throwing protocal to the winds, I put my hand on the back of his neck and shoved him under up to my shoulder. I got a raised eyebrow from the Bishop, but, seeing as no part of my brother remained above water, he apparently felt it was good enough.]]>