‘They Shall Be Made Whole’: A History of Baptism for Health

Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2008

44 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2010

Date Written: Fall 2008


Reports of baptism for the restoration of health are generally overlooked by Mormon historians, yet baptism for health was a widespread Latter-day Saint practice. Although baptism for health was perhaps more common than other Latter-day Saint re-baptism practices, modern scholars have given it only tangential treatment. Historically, the liturgy of Mormon healing is ritually diverse. This study chronicles the development, application, and cessation of baptism for health, an integral part of that history.

Keywords: Mormonism, Healing, Liturgy, Baptism, Temples

Suggested Citation

Stapley, Jonathan A. and Wright, Kristine, ‘They Shall Be Made Whole’: A History of Baptism for Health (Fall 2008). Journal of Mormon History, Fall 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1664180

Jonathan A. Stapley (Contact Author)

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Kristine Wright

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