A Las Vegas man who claims he was injured while performing baptisms in the name of the dead Raleigh, NC, in 2007 filed a civil suit yesterday against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for medical expenses, future loss of earning capacity and loss of household services.
In a civil suit filed in 3rd District Court on Wednesday, Daniel Dastrup claims he suffered a severe herniated disk in his lumbar spine after performing about 200 baptisms on Aug. 25, 2007. The then 25-year-old claims some of the young men and women he completely immersed in water in the name of the dead weighed as much as 250 pounds. When he asked to be relieved, an officiator at the LDS temple in Raleigh, N.C., where the baptisms were performed, told Dastrup to continue, the civil suit states. Another man who asked the officiator twice to take over for Dastrup was also told no. The day after finishing the numerous baptisms, Dastrup said he suffered so much pain he could not sit up. He later learned of the herniated disk and had to undergo two spinal surgeries, according to the suit. Dastrup claims the church breached its duty by “not warning the plaintiffs that the repetitive motion required for performing baptisms for the dead could cause serious damage to a person’s back and by not allowing Mr. Dastrup to stop and be relieved when he and his replacement requested on multiple occasions that they be switched out.” Dastrup, who also listed his wife as a plaintiff in the case, claims the injury has affected his relationship with her, and the pain has forced him to quit law school and change his lifestyle.When we first read this story, we were like, what? Who the hell baptizes dead people, until we Googled it and learned that Daniel was "baptizing a living person on behalf of an individual who is dead." The Church believes that if you haven't been baptized, then you won't enter the kingdom of God.
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