No Baptisms for the Dead?
Be sincere! Tell them you’ve read a passage in the Book of Mormon that’s caused you to wonder about the Mormon practice of baptisms for the dead and wanted to get an idea of what this means from a Mormon and not an outsider.
They’ll appreciate being asked for their opinion and it gives them something to think about! This teaching in Alma contradicts everything they do in those temples.
Alma 34:33-35; “…behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. 34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world. 35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.”