By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) – After years of keeping quiet about his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney’s campaign thrust his church life into the national eye Thursday night, as a handful of Mormons took to the Republican National Convention’s stage to deliver moving testimonials about the Republican presidential nominee’s role as a member and leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
One couple that belonged to the same Massachusetts ward, or church, as Romney did recounted in a prime-time address how Romney tended to their 14-year-old son when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
“You cannot measure a man’s character based on words he utters before adoring crowds during happy times,” Ted Oparowski, the boy’s father, said on the RNC's final night, following speeches by such GOP stars as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – In a few hours the spotlight will shine on Mitt Romney at the Tampa Bay Times Forum and in excerpts released of his acceptance speech the GOP presidential nominee is shedding light on his personal faith.
In the excerpts, Romney a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, plans to speak often of his faith although the excepts make no mention of the LDS Church or Mormonism by name.
But Romney, who has both led a Mormon congregation as a bishop and a regional group of churches as stake president, will speak to specific practices of his church and his experiences.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney is famously quiet about his Mormon faith, but his campaign has said that some of Thursday’s speakers at the Republican National Convention will shed light on the candidate’s role in the church – and that Romney may open about his faith, too.
Thursday’s invocation will be delivered by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins, Mormons whom Romney befriended in their Massachusetts ward – the word Mormons use for church. Another Romney Mormon friend and former co-worker, Grant Bennett, will deliver a prime-time speech.
The speakers are part of the campaign’s broader attempt to humanize Romney at this week’s convention, which has played host to a prominent speech by Romney’s wife, Ann, and will feature speeches from more Romney friends on Thursday.
By Arielle Hawkins, CNN
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CNN: My Faith: My Sikh prayer for the Republican National Convention
On Wednesday Ishwar Singh, president of the Sikh Society of Central Florida, became the first Sikh American in U.S. history to deliver the invocation at a national convention. Singh reflects on this opportunity to share his faith with the nation.
Tweet of the Day:
I just watched Episode 9 of @SHO_Homeland where two Muslim characters pray with their shoes on. Someone did not do their homework. Shame.— Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa (@DrNaif) August 30, 2012
I just watched Episode 9 of @SHO_Homeland where two Muslim characters pray with their shoes on. Someone did not do their homework. Shame.
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