Rituals

 

Baptism for the dead is the religious practice of baptizing a living person on behalf of an individual who is dead; the living person is acting as the deceased person's proxy. Those who practice this religious rite place great importance upon baptism and view it as a requirement to enter the Kingdom of God.

 

Endowment unlike baptisms, takes several hours to complete. Only adult Mormons in very good standing are allowed to participate. Required to gain temple access

 

Sealings  Mormons believe that the family relationships - between husband and wife and between parent and child - can be made eternal by the authority of the Mormon priesthood. The ceremonies in which this is done are called "sealings." Young Mormons are taught that their goal in choosing a life's mate should be to select another Mormon who is worthy to be endowed and married in a sealing ceremony in the temple. To marry anyone else, they are taught, would be to sacrifice one's hopes of exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom of heaven, since only those people whose marriages are sealed "for time and all eternity" will be in that highest glory.