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Personal e-mail urging Mormons to fast and pray for Romney goes national
Though not sanctioned by the LDS Church, an email chain is asking Mormons to fast and pray for Mitt Romney before debates.
September 28th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Personal e-mail urging Mormons to fast and pray for Romney goes national

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) – A Utah woman unwittingly started a grassroots campaign when an e-mail she sent to her five children and a handful of friends urging a day of prayer and fasting for Mitt Romney started making the Mormon rounds.

Mona Williams, a Price, Utah, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wrote last Sunday evening to tell people closest to her how frustrated she is with the state of the country.

“A lot of my frustration is because I feel I don’t know what to do to really make a change. Well, this time I do,” she wrote. “I am asking you to join me and my family on Sunday Sept. 30 by fasting and praying for Mitt Romney. That he will be blessed in the debates,” the first of which is next Wednesday.

“I know that seems like such a small thing, but I believe ‘from small things, great things can come about,’” she continued. “I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles.”

The message that was intended for a group of about 10 people has since cropped up in Mormon inboxes around the country, including in Colorado, California and Nevada, BuzzFeed reported.

The attention that has followed has left Williams both floored and uncomfortable. When she was contacted by CNN affiliate KTVX on Wednesday, she said, “You could have pushed me over with a feather.”

“Can we just pretend this didn’t happen,” she asked with a laugh when CNN reached her Thursday night. She spoke to fears about those who dismiss people of faith, or take what she and others consider sacred and make it ugly.

“I’m simply a woman with faith,” she told CNN. “I am just a woman who believes that God loves this country and his hand is in whatever happens.”

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It's common for faithful Mormons to fast for a day each month while offering prayers for a particular purpose.

And for Williams, who works as an aide to special needs kids, it’s prayers – not money – that she has to give to her candidate of choice.

But she also sees that she has struck a chord with those who are like her.

“We’re very silent. We’re not very in your face. I’m not going to go stand up and march … And I’m not going to chew on someone’s backside,” Williams said. “But I can use my faith. It’s a very personal, passionate thing.”

The e-mail was not sanctioned or cleared by Mormon church officials. In fact, the church “is strictly politically neutral and does not endorse political candidates,” LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy told CNN in a written statement.

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The Student Review, a student-run paper at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University posted Williams' message – or at least a version of her message that was forwarded - online, and the responses reveal a community rich with a variety of perspectives.

“I cannot tell you how scared I am for the future of our country,” wrote an unnamed student who is heading toward graduation. “What I do know is that Mitt Romney is a worthy priesthood-holding leader who has the potential to do a lot of good for our country. I know the Lord takes worthy men and makes them qualified for miraculous experiences.”

While another student answered that Romney’s name should be added to the “Temple Prayer List,” others fired back, calling such rhetoric “completely ridiculous” and “embarrassing.”

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“You assume that if we fast then God will bless Mitt Romney to win,” wrote Ryan. “Who are you to say that it’s God’s will that Mitt Romney wins? I’ve been an active member my entire life and I can’t support Mitt Romney with a good conscience. Just because he is a member of our church does not mean all of his policies are correct or even moral.”

Added Jay: “The Lord DOES care about who leads our country, He just doesn’t care what party they are from. Only we look at party, whereas the Lord looks on the heart.”

It's precisely with her heart that Williams will fast and pray this Sunday, because that, she said, is what she can do.

"Whatever happens in this country," she says, "at least I've done my part."

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Faith Now • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (2,123 Responses)
  1. Pastor Tim

    We made a replica of Oval Office. We come and pray for Pr. Romney.

    November 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  2. Obama is done for

    Chuck Norris Supports ROMNEY! GET OVER IT OBAMA IS DONE FOR. Goodbye and good riddence

    October 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Romney is done for

      Romney is done for because he supports morons like Richard Mourdock and it shows why women shouldn't vote for him.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  3. Benjamin Krueger

    So... if Romney doesn't win this election, can we finally conclude that prayer doesn't work?

    October 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  4. lily

    I am a mormon and received this email. Is it bad to pray for people who lead your country? I did not fast for Mitt, but I knew that the media would eventually get a hold of this. And then they would have a hay day... Anything the media can find to make us look crazy or weird and have the republicans loose the election....

    I am also a BYU student. I was interviewed about the election by the media. The women who interviewed me did not believe that the LDS church would not endorse Mitt. She asked me again and again. She did not understand. I will say it here. Unlike other religions, THE MORMONS WILL NEVER ENDORSE OR SUPPORT A SPECIFIC CANDIDATE OR PARTY. Even if that person shares their faith. The media can be really stupid. If you want to know the truth, go and find a mormon to talk to!

    I will vote for Mitt because of his policies, not because of his religion.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  5. Lee Hoover

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/18/13943563-full-video-and-transcript-of-leaked-romney-fundraiser-remarks?lite

    October 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Why anyone chooses to cast their pearls before swine is beyond me.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  7. eric

    The good news is that even if Mitt Romney loses the election, he gets to be god on his own planet when he dies.

    Unless his tax releases get released, and it is discovered that he has been hiding money from the LDS church (and the US government) in his offshore accounts and ridiculously overfunded retirement plans. From the US he will only get fines, but the LDS church might kick him out for not giving his 10% of that money, and then he won't get to be god when he dies.

    October 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  8. Kev

    I was checking to see if there was any news about fasting for the upcoming debate.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  9. donner

    Go to YouTube and search for Banned Mormon Video. You won't believe it.

    October 16, 2012 at 1:00 am |
  10. donner

    For the love of God, take 10 minutes and Google the White Horse Prophecy. Learn something before you turn this country over to a cult. Do you know that Mormons believe they are descended from space travellers from the planet Kolob? Literally? Obama needs to look Romney in the eye at the debate and ask him to explain planet Kolob to the American people. And wait for an answer. God help us if this diaper wearing cult member is allowed to pick Supreme Court justices. It will be the end of America as we know it.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Bobster

      More bunk. The Whitehorse prophesy was proven a fake a long time ago. Your anti-mormon literature is outdated, so you need to go do some more research for your next acusation. Travelers from space...hahahahahaha, got a good chuckle out of that description.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  11. Heather

    well it worked..

    October 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  12. evensteven

    Dear Democrat Mormons,

    Join other Democrat Mormons on October 16th for a day of fasting and prayer on behalf of our beloved President Obama so that he might do his best possible job during the debates in the evening.

    Hosanna!

    October 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Chut Pata

      Just in case anyone missed, evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham showed full support to Romney in an interview to Pierce Morgan. However despite direct question, Graham refused to recognize Romney as a Christian. Remember, his father Billy Graham also supports Jews but is on record telling Richard Nixon to do something about Jewish taking over America.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Kirk Harrington

    So I am a Mormon and I was not happy when I heard about this fast for Romney. The church leaders certainly did not sanction this and have said time and again that the church is supposed to remain neutral in regards to politics. I believe this woman crossed the line by starting a fast and inviting other members to join in. I think a general fast and a fast the let God's will be done would have been more appropriate, but thats me.

    October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  14. martha whitestone

    Mormans,,,,making Scientology seem valid and normal for the past 40 years ! This is one weird and messed up religion, it is against women and race and has a lot of funky beliefs, and now we are in danger of one becoming president where he will follow the will and covenant of his church over our country

    October 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Rick

      If ignorance is bliss you are having a fantastic time. Research before you post.

      October 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jackie

      Please stop with your ignorant posts. I am not Mormon but my husband has been for over 20 years and he happens to be black. YOU are the bigot and should be ashamed of yourself.

      October 20, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  15. pacificblue

    Joseph Smith founded the only true Church ran for the office of the President and lost despite believing it was God's will to have a man of faith lead the nation.

    October 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • SE

      Where is this written? I am Mormon and I've never heard of this.

      October 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • evensteven

      SE,

      Any good biography on Joseph Smith will address his candidacy for President in 1844. He as assassinated a short time later.

      Bing "Joseph Smith Presidential Candidacy:

      October 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Bobster

      SE – he did run for president but not for the reasons stated above.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:10 am |
  16. Kindness

    kindness
    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

    Truth "..". is exclusive

    October 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      This troll is not a christian..

      October 16, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Frank

      You are demented.

      October 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  17. justinstl

    She said I believe God loves this country.....NUTS God does not love countries he loves people and he is probably very upset with the Average Americans lust for money and every man for himself way of life. Sin is Sin god looks down on the greedy just as much as the murderer. People are NUTs to presume that God is all for wealth and prosperity.

    October 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
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