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RON - I was approached by a church member who has a Mormon friend that lost her baby. She asked me what do Mormons believe when a baby dies. Can you help me with this question as I do not know much about the Mormon faith.

JOEL - My wife and I also lost a baby girl unexpectedly when she was only 5 weeks old.
We believe that little children are innocent and completely without sin, which is why they are not baptized in our church until they reach the age of accountability(8 years).
We believe children who die before this age are automatically saved in the highest kingdom of God in heaven. Our prophet Joseph Smith received this knowledge by vision in the Kirtland Temple, January 21, 1836. On that occasion it was shown that ". . . all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven." (History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 381.)

"But Jesus said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
And he laid hands on them, and departed thence." (Matt. 19:13-15)

Revelations given in our day also show that little children who are deprived of the experiences in mortal life are, by eternal decree, redeemed from the temptation of Satan.(Doctrine and Covenants 29:46-48 ; In the Book of Mormon - Mosiah 15:24-25 ; Moroni 8:10-24).
Joseph Smith also taught the doctrine that the infant child that was laid away in death would come up in the resurrection as a child; and, pointing to the mother of a lifeless child, he said to her, "You will have the joy, the pleasure, and satisfaction of nurturing this child, after its resurrection, until it reaches the full stature of its spirit." There is restitution, there is growth, there is development, after the resurrection from death." (Gospel Doctrine, pp. 452-56.)

Not only will the parents be able to finish raising their child but these children will still have the opportunity to marry and have their own families during the Millenial reign of Christ on the earth.

Parents who have lost young children can take great comfort in these doctrines and look forward to the day when they will be reunited with their child in the next life.
We call our daughter our "Celestial beakon", in that we know she is already going to be there, which compels us to do all we can to be there with her too.

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