Monday, August 13, 2012

Famous dead Mormons



What do Imhotep, Adolph Hitler, and Vlad the Impaler have in common?  They are all baptized Mormons.

Mormons vicariously perform baptisms and other ordinances on behalf of deceased people. This is one of the primary purposes behind LDS temples and the main reason for the LDS genealogical program.

Famousdeadmormons.com has compiled a list of some of the more interesting dead Mormons, a sample of which is provided below.  The dates indicate when the proxy ordinance was performed.  Much of the information on the site was compiled from searches of LDS-owned FamilySearch.org.  Due to negative publicity, the church has started to ban access to people that search for famous individuals.

The only requirement appears to be that the deceased person needs to have been dead for at least one year. Even quasi-fictional characters appear to be fair game.

Criminals
  • Lee Harvey Oswald · 2010-03-09
  • Sundance Kid · 2009-12-31
  • Butch Cassidy · 2009-12-29
  • Jimmy Hoffa · 2009-09-22
  • Timothy McVeigh · 2009-07-01
  • Jim Jones · 2009-06-12
Historical figures
  • Adolph Hitler · 1993-09-28  (subsequently married by the church to Eva Braun)
  • Alexander the Great · 2011-04-17
  • Imhotep · 2010-01-04  (the Mummy)
  • Joan of Arc · 2010-01-11
  • Nostradamus · 2009-12-22  (bet he didn't see that coming)
  • King Arthur · 2009-12-10  (but not Guinevere)
  • Pocahontas · 2009-11-26
  • Vlad the Impaler · 2009-09-14  (Dracula)
  • Attila the Hun · 2009-09-14
  • Constantine the Great · 2009-09-12
Writers/philosophers
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson · 2010-01-10
  • Henry David Thoreau · 2010-01-07
  • Karl Marx · 2009-10-27
  • C. S. Lewis · 2011-09-19
  • George Orwell · 2010-10-11
  • Truman Capote · 2010-10-02
  • Ernest Hemingway · 2010-02-20
  • Lewis Carroll · 2010-02-02
  • Gertrude Stein · 2010-01-13
  • Bram Stoker · 2009-12-02    (Mormons appear to have a vampire fixation)
  • Edgar Allan Poe · 2009-07-09
  • Samuel Clemens · 2009-05-16  (anti-Mormon statements didn't disqualify him)
Politicos/religious leaders
  • John F. Kennedy · 2009-08-28
  • Che Guevara · 2009-07-07
  • Martin Luther King Jr. · 2009-06-11
  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi · 2009-05-04
  • Pope John Paul II · 2009-12-08
  • St. Francis of Assisi · 2009-10-13
Hollywood
  • George Carlin · 2011-02-09  
  • John Hughes · 2011-02-08  
  • Richard Burton · 2010-12-14
  • Bob Hope · 2009-10-25
  • Sam Kinison · 2009-10-20
  • Laurence Olivier · 2009-10-09
  • Marlon Brando · 2009-10-07
  • James Dean · 2009-10-05
  • Lucille Ball · 2009-09-23
  • Charlie Chaplin · 2009-09-05
  • Marilyn Monroe · 2009-07-08
  • James Doohan · 2009-08-30  ("Scotty" from Star Trek)
  • DeForest Kelley · 2009-06-30 ("Bones" from Star Trek)
  • Eugene Wesley Roddenberry · 2009-05-10 (must be some Mormon trekkies)
Musicians
  • Elvis Aaron Presley · 2009-05-04  
  • The Notorious B.I.G. · 2009-08-19
  • Aaliyah · 2009-08-19
  • Tupac Shakur · 2009-08-18
  • Jim Morrison · 2009-08-05
  • Jimi Hendrix · 2009-07-07
  • John Lennon · 2009-07-05
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. · 2009-07-01
  • Dean Martin · 2009-06-26
  • Frank Sinatra · 2009-06-16
  • Lawrence Welk · 2009-05-30
  • Liberace · 2009-05-06
  • Freddie Mercury · 2009-05-05  
Scientists
  • Richard Feynman · 2011-10-02
  • Carl Sagan · 2011-06-21  
  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau · 2010-04-04
  • Timothy Leary · 2010-01-05  
  • Gregor Mendel · 2009-09-02
  • Nikola Tesla · 2009-05-11

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