Several newsletter readers have written to point out a story in today's newspapers: President Barack Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who died in 1995, was baptized posthumously into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints last year during her son's campaign, according to Salt Lake City-based researcher Helen Radkey. The ritual, known as “baptism for the dead,” was done June 4 in the Provo temple, and another LDS temple rite, known as the “endowment,” was performed in the same temple on June 11, said Radkey, who found the record while doing genealogy research in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints immediately reiterated its policy regarding proxy baptisms. "The offering of baptism to our deceased ancestors is a sacred practice to us, and it is counter to church policy for a church member to submit names for baptism for persons to whom they are not related," said LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter.
"The church is looking into the circumstances of how this happened and does not yet have all the facts," he added. "However, this is a serious matter, and we are treating it as such."
The White House declined to comment Tuesday.
Many newspapers are carrying the story today. You can find some of the articles at http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=Mormon+Church+Obama%27s+mother.