There is always an easy solution to every human problem--neat, plausible, and wrong. -H. L. Mencken
Question #44682 posted on 04/28/2008 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

If someone was in the witness protection program, and found the church and wanted to get baptized, how would that work? Would they have to disclose their real names? Would they have to explain their situation during the baptism interview for the "are you honest with your fellow man" part? I mean, they are kind of living a lie.

- Mr. Thompson

A: Dear Mr. Thompson,

The LDS Church is not going to deny the blessings of the gospel to anyone as long as they have a sincere heart. So, yes, someone in the witness protection program would be able to get baptized. Also, lying for your own protection (and when it is sanctioned by the government) I think is something that the Lord could overlook. People who are in special circumstances get baptized all the time! The missionaries are allowed to baptize people who are in the country illegally- so, again, I feel pretty certain that someone in the witness protection program could be baptized.

Honestly, I think that a lot of factors would go into deciding if the person's real name was disclosed. God makes covenants with a specific person, so I think that the name that person goes by could be considered irrelevant. It would probably be up to that individual person if they disclosed their real information to the church or not. It would probably depend on the person's comfort level and how long they intended to stay in the witness protection program.

I guess what it all comes down to is that it would depend on the individual circumstances. Obviously there are a lot of factors that could play into several different scenarios in a situation like that.

~Krishna