Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30: The Prisoners Shall Go Free

In August 1840 Joseph Smith preached a sermon at a funeral in which he said baptisms could be done on behalf of the dead. The idea apparently appealed to people very much, because they soon started doing baptisms for the dead in the Mississippi River. An underlying assumption behind their enthusiasm must have been that baptism was required for salvation. I wonder what the common belief was at the time about people who died without baptism. Eternal damnation?
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