One of the most evil men known. Who
brought about what millions perceive as the darkest days in world history.
Although none can imagine and many even shudder to think at the
possibility of this man calling upon God’s grace in the Cross of Christ in his
last hours, there is one Church that does not believe he needed to do so in
order to go to heaven.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Why would the Mormons believe that Adolf Hitler can be transferred from
“spirit prison” and get into heaven?
It is not because they believe the grace of God can extend to the most evil
of men, but because of their practice known as “Baptism For The Dead”.
What is Baptism for the dead? Mormons teach that there are 3 separate levels
of heaven. Evil people leave this world and are kept in spirit prison where they
have a chance to hear and receive the “Mormon gospel”. In the mean time, Mormons
who are alive are being baptized for their dead relatives so the dead relative
will be allowed into heaven after receiving the “gospel” in the spirit prison.
LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: “The Lord will judge each
individual case and will assign transgressor to that degree to which each is
entitled according to his works. If a man only merits a place in the telestial,
that will be his reward; if it should be the terrestrial, then he shall be
admitted to that kingdom. In order to enter the celestial a man must be true and
faithful to the end, observing all things which the Lord has commanded,
otherwise he shall be assigned to some other kingdom, or to outer darkness if
his sins so merit” (Doctrines of Salvation 3:310).
These beliefs are taken from very poor Biblical interpretation by LDS
General Authorities who like to read things into these verses of the Apostles,
Paul and Peter, that simply are not there. (1
Cor. 15:29, 1
Cor. 15:40-41, 1
Peter 3:19-20 )
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verses: Baptism For The
Yet, what do Mormon Church officials do when they are questioned about their
gospel extending to Adolf Hitler? Are they open in exclaiming the grace of God
to all, or are they coy in their dealing with questions? The following report is
what happens when questions arise concerning the pratice of “Baptism For the
The Mormon Church Attempts to Conceal Temple Records for Adolf Hitler Special
Report by Helen Radkey
(Taken from the May/June 1999 Edition of
“The Evangel” a Utah Missions Inc. Publication — )
On August 30, 1998, Don McAreavy, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wrote to the
LDS Family History Library asking if LDS proxy temple work had been performed
for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun. McAreavy specifically wanted to know if temple
ordinances had been performed for Hitler and Braun on September 28, 1993, in the
Jordan River Temple, Utah.
A response to this inquiry was sent to McAreavy on September 8, 1998. Typed
on an official letterhead of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
the letter was signed by Mae Dean Ashton. The address of the sender was shown
as: Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ashton’s reply reads as follows:
Dear Mr. McAreavy:
Thank you for your letter of August 30th regarding
temple ordinances for Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun. We searched the International
Genealogical Index TM Addendum and found no information listed for either. The
enclosed printout is the closest we could find and you will note that birthdates
are 1836 and 1838. No additional information is available.
Mae Dean Ashton
Photo duplication Unit
The printout Ashton sent McAreavy shows LDS proxy ordinances that have been
performed for Alois Hiedler or Heidler (Hitler), the father of Adolf Hitler.
In October 1998, McAreavy was able to obtain copies of LDS temple ordinance
records for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun from Philip Roberts of the North American
Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. These IGI (International
Genealogical Index) copies reveal that Adolf Hitler was “baptized” and “endowed”
on December 10, 1993, and “sealed” to his parents on March 12, 1994. These
events took place in the London Temple, England.
Roberts’ copies also show that Hitler was ‘sealed” to Braun on September 28,
1993, in the Jordan River Temple, Utah and on June 14, 1994, in the Los Angeles
Temple. Roberts sent copies of these records to Ashton.
McAreavy sent another mailing to Ashton on October 17, 1998, again asking her
if she could locate information for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in LDS files. On
November 17, 1998, McAreavy mailed a double registered letter to Ashton. He
reminded her that Roberts had sent documentation to her that seemed to indicate
that the Mormon Church had done templeordinances for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.
“Would you please be kind enough to verify if the information that Philip
Roberts provided is both accurate and proof that temple ordinances were
performed for Adolf Hitler,” McAreavy wrote.
Ashton replied to McAreavy’s November 17 letter on December 2, 1998. She
again insisted that the (Alois Hitler) copies she had sent McAreavy with her
September 8 letter were all that could be located in the IGI TM (Addendum).
McAreavy was informed that he could soon expect to receive a reply from the
(Family History) Department Director.
On December 29, 1998, McAreavy again wrote to Ashton. He requested the name
and mailing address of the Department Director because he had received no
communication from that person as promised by Ashton. When there was no response
to this request, McAreavy wrote directly to the Department Director of the
Photo- duplication Department of the Family History Library on January 25, 1999.
McAreavy again asked if the Mormon Church had done temple ordinances for Hitler
The following reply, again typed on an official letterhead of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated March 16, 1999, was sent to McAreavy
from the Family History Library:
To Whom It May Concern:
Subject: Famous or Historical Figures
You recently wrote to
inquire if temple ordinances have been performed for a famous or historical
figure. As a matter of policy, we respond to such requests only when those
making the request are directly related to the person about whom they seek
information. It might be helpful to know that, as an institution, we have no
control over the names individuals submit to receive temple ordinances. However,
we strongly counsel Church members to submit only the names of those persons to
whom they are related. Furthermore, we believe that ordinances performed in
behalf of any deceased individual are valid only if that person is worthy of and
chooses to accept what has been done in his or her behalf. The Church spends a
great deal of time, effort, and money to make information available that helps
not only its members, but all who are interested in family history pursuits. You
are welcome to use the resources we provide. We hope you find satisfaction in
Family History Department
In this impersonal communication to McAreavy, thc LDS Family History
Department clearly avoided taking responsibility for the discrepancy between
Ashton’s September 8 denial of LDS temple work for Hitler and Braun and the IGI
copies, supplied by Roberts, which seem to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that
this notoriously well-known pair have, indeed, had proxy LDS ordinances
performed on their behalf.
At the time McAreavy made his initial inquiry to the Family History Library
on August 30, there were multiple entries in LDS temple ordinance files that
showed that Mormons have performed various rituals on behalf of Hitler and
Braun. These records can still be accessed. Ashton gave McAreavy incorrect
information. Was this a deliberate evasion of truth? What are the facts?
Current IGI TM addendum temple ordinance entries for Mr. (Adolf) Hiedler
(Hitler) show that Hitler was “baptized” by Mormons on September 30, 1993, and
“endowed” on April 27, 1994, in the Jordan River Temple, Utah. This record was
in the IGI TM Addendum at the time of Ashton’s denial to McAreavy (of temple
ordinance information for Adolf Hitler) on September 8. I obtained a copy of
this particular record for Hitler from the LDS Family Search Center in the
Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City on July l3, 1998 —
less than two months before Ashton stated that no such IGI record existed for
If Ashton and her co-workers were not very efficient in their search for
Adolf Hitler temple ordinance entries in the LDS genealogical computer system,
the same could be said for their lack of thorougliness in locating the same type
of records for Eva Braun.
Eva Anna Paula Braun, born in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, on February 7, 1912,
was “baptized” by Mormons on October 16, 1964, and “endowed” on February 5,
1965, in the Los Angeles Temple. She had been ‘sealed” to her parents some time
prior to 1970. This information is current and is easily accessible in the IGI
TM Addendum, in which file Ashton stated that no information was available for
either Hitler or Braun. Genuine seekers should have found these entries for
In this case, it seems these records may have been intentionally overlooked.
Was it easier for McAreavy to be given inaccurate information rather than
present him with any copies that he could possibly have used against the Mormon
Church? 0r,are the staff of the Family History Library so poorly skilled at
accessing their own computer files that they missed the entries in question?
In addition to the IGI, which is a huge database of names and vital
information for multi-millions of people, with an Ordinance Index attached, the
other significant LDS genealogical file is the Ancestral File. In this family
history archive, LDS ordinance records may be found attached to pedigree charts.
There are currently Ancestral File ordinance records that show that Adolf
Hitler was “baptized” on September 4, 1993, “endowed” on October 12, 1993, and
“sealed” to his parents and also Eva Braun on June 14, 1994 in the Los Angeles
Temple. The June 14 sealing of Hitler and Braun is the same sealing of which
Roberts sent copies to McAreavy and Ashton. These entries could once be found in
the IGI. They have since been deleted, along with other entries for prominent
Nazis. What is going on here?
Prior to adding the 1997 edition to the IGI, it seems that the Mormon Church,
intent on preserving its public image, attempted to remove the names of
well-known Nazis from the IGI files. Most of the IGI entries for Adolf Hitler,
Mrs.(Adolf Hitler), Adolf Eichmann, Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goering,
Rudolf Hess, and Heinrich Himmler were quietly removed. Also erased were the
records for Benito Mussolini, the dictator of Fascist Italy from 1922 to l943
and an ally of Hitler and the Third Reich.
But the deletion effort was botched. Some entries were missed, such as the
ones still current for Hitler and Braun in the IGI and Ancestral File. The IGI
ordinance records for Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, which correctly showed his
place of birth as Alexandria, Egypt, were deleted yet other TGI ordinance
entries still exist for Hess, wrongly listing his place of birth as Germany.
Also missed were LDS ordinance records, which still exist in the Ancestral
File, for Paul Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering These entries, which include
baptisms for each of them, may have been intentionally removed from the IGI
Mormons apparently overlooked the LDS ordinance records of other well-known
Nazis during their IGI purge. These records are currently accessible. Included
in this liberal list are: Reinhard Heydrich, “The Father of The Final Solution”
Hitler’s plan to exterminate all Jews in Europe; Alfred Rosenberg, hanged at
hanged at Nuremberg for war crimes; Ernst Roehm, once the thuggish leader of
Hitler’s Storm Troopers; and Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the Famous Desert Fox
of World War II.
In May 1994 and March 1996, from LDS genealogical centers I obtained numerous
Nazi IGI entries that have since been deleted. In this collection are copies of
the LDS records for Hitler and Braun that Roberts sent to McAreavy and Ashton,
with the additional sealing of Adolf Hitler to his parents on June 14, 1994.
I have IGI copies of all the LDS ordinance records for Hitler, which are
currently in the Ancestral File but no longer in the IGI. As well, my copies
show another baptism for Hitler, almost identical to the one still in the IGI
files under Heidler (Hitler) with the same ordinance dates. But the deleted
entry is listed as Hitler (Hiedler) Adolf, showing a birth date of l889. The
Hiedler (Hitler) entry shows a birth date of 1891so they are different records.
A mysterious record for a Mr. Hitler, of Vienna, Austria, with date of death
1900, and showing a proxy baptism date of April 15,1924, in the Logan Temple,
Utah, is also no longer in the IGI files. Other vanished IGI entries are a
sealing of Adolf Hitler to Eva Braun on October 19, 1993, at the Jordan River
Temple, and a baptism for Mrs. Hitler (Hiedler) on September 10, 1993, and an
endowment for her on March 17, 1994, also in the Jordan River Temple.
The Mormon Church has attempted to deliberately conceal LDS temple ordinances
for Adolf Hitler. This first occurred with the disappearance of many of the IGI
records for Hitler and other publicly known evildoers of the Third Reich. Then
— there was a second attempt to cover-up Nazi records who Ashton told McAreavy
that no LDS temple ordinances had been performed for Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun.
Even when confronted by Robert with IGI temple records for Hitler and Braun,
those in charge of the Family History Department at the Family History Library,
representing the genealogical arm of the Mormon Church, did not want to lake
responsibility for these records. Their implausible excuse was that they have no
control over the names individuals submit to receive temple ordinances.
Like a slippery snake in the grass, the Mormon Church may have tried to dodge
public criticism by denying its questionable proxy recognition of Adolf Hitler
the amoral and evil Nazi genius who was responsible for the terror and barbarism
of the Third Reich and the loss of millions of innocent lives before and during
World War II. But LDS ordinance records speak for themselves–Mormons have
repeatedly claimed the unpopular Hitler. Anything stated to the contrary cannot
alter this conclusion.
Deception is not the hallmark of a church with integrity. As the Mormon
Church will eventually find out even the most artful serpent can be choked by
its own coils!