SALT LAKE CITY, July 23 (UPI) -- Both of President Barack Obama's parents appear to have been baptized posthumously by the Mormons, a Utah researcher alleges.
Helen Radkey of Salt Lake City, who opposes the Church of Jesus Christ of Lattery Day Saints practice of "baptism for the dead," told The Salt Lake Tribune she found documents showing Barack Obama Sr. and other members of his family in Kenya had personal identification numbers in the FamilySearch data base. The church told the newspaper the numbers do not necessarily mean members of the Obama family were baptized.
Under church guidelines, members can submit names of the dead for posthumous baptism but only those they are related to. Mormons believe the posthumously baptized have another chance to accept church teaching.
Radkey recently found records showing Obama's mother, Shirley Ann Dunham, was baptized in 2008, 13 years after her death.
One side effect of posthumous baptism is the Mormon genealogical data base, possibly the world's largest. The church's president, Thomas Monson, gave Obama five volumes detailing his ancestry during a White House meeting Monday, the newspaper said.
The White House said the two men did not discuss the baptism of Obama's parents during their brief meeting.