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The Temple Baptismal Font
The baptistry is always located on the bottom floor of the temple.
The temple baptistry is used to perform baptisms by proxy for deceased persons, as was practiced by the New Testament Christian Church.
Participants are baptized by immersion to symbolize being buried and resurrected with Jesus.
The font sits on the back of twelve oxen which represent the twelve tribes of Israel.
The baptistry is a replica of the "brasen sea sitting on twelve oxen" in the Temple of Solomon, as described in the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah.
Names of deceased persons vicariously baptized are not added to LDS Church membership records and are not counted in LDS Church membership numbers. Deceased persons are also not considered de facto Mormons. They are still free to choose to accept or reject the baptism performed on their behalf.
Learn more at the official LDS Church website.
"Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" 1 Corinthians 15:29
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(Note: The Washington DC Temple Baptistry has been renovated since this pic was taken.)
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"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection."