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What would a Mormon White House look like?
If Mitt Romney is elected president, the White House will likely see some new traditions.
November 2nd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

What would a Mormon White House look like?

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Should Mitt Romney win the presidency next Tuesday, it will mark an historic first: a Mormon couple moving into the White House.

What would this mean and look like?

Would there be “dry” state dinners, since faithful Mormons don’t do alcohol? Would Secret Service tag along to sacred ceremonies only open to worthy church members? What book would a President Mitt Romney use to take his oath of office?

We can’t be absolutely sure about all the answers. But if the practices and homes of devout Mormons like the Romneys – not to mention his history as governor of Massachusetts – are any indication, we can begin to paint a picture of what a Romney-inhabited White House might look like.

First things first: About that oath

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the Bible is the word of God. But they also believe this about the Book of Mormon, which is subtitled “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”

Given the importance of the Book of Mormon, this question seemed worth asking: Any chance Romney would place his hand on a Book of Mormon at his swearing-in ceremony?

“No, no way Romney would do that,” Jana Riess, a religion scholar, co-author of “Mormonism for Dummies,” and blogger for Religion News Service, wrote in an e-mail message. “I’m not aware of any Mormon who has sworn on the Book of Mormon instead of the Bible for national office. (I’m not aware of any local officials who have done this either.)”

Most likely, Romney would go back to the Bible he used in 2003 when he was sworn in as governor of Massachusetts – the same one his father, George Romney, reportedly used when he was sworn in as Michigan’s governor in the 1960s.

Beyond paint and fabric swatches

Having never been invited over for a meal, we can’t pretend to know anything about the Romney aesthetic when it comes to home decoration. But we wondered and asked about specific items that tend to hang in Mormon households.

Randall Balmer, an award-winning historian, author and chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, speculated that the Romneys – like plenty of Mormons – might display artwork featuring a depiction of Jesus and a photograph of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, considered a “prophet, seer and revelator” by members of the church.

Another possibility, said Riess, would be a photo of the Salt Lake Temple where Mitt and Ann Romney were married and “sealed” for eternity in a sacred ceremony in 1969.

Then there’s something commonly known as the “Proclamation on the Family,” which is often framed and displayed in homes – though rarely in upper-class households, said Joanna Brooks, author of “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith.”

The proclamation features words set forth by LDS Church leadership in 1995, highlighting family and gender responsibilities. Among the points made: Marriage is between a man and woman; the primary responsibility of fathers is to oversee and provide for families; and mothers must first and foremost care for the children.

All of these items could show up in the White House, said Grant Bennett, an old Romney friend who spoke at the Republican National Convention and has known the Romney family since they met through church in 1978.

But he said, “the most quintessential Mormon item would be pictures of their family,” including those of ancestors, because “families are forever” and bound for eternity in the Mormon view.

Ann and Mitt Romney are surrounded by family before the October 22 presidential debate at Lynn University.

Bennett also suggested that a verse or two of Scripture that is particularly meaningful to the Romneys might be framed and on display.

If any of these things would hang in the White House, they would likely appear in the private quarters where first families are free to do what they please.

That doesn’t mean Romney wouldn’t be allowed to honor his faith in some way in the Oval Office, but decorative decisions in public rooms – the spaces visited on tours – are subject to committee discussions and advisers on historic preservation, explained Melissa Naulin, assistant curator in the Curator's Office of the White House Museum.

Can I get a cup of coffee? How about something stronger?

In accordance with a revelation received in 1833 by LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, something known as the “Word of Wisdom,” faithful Latter-day Saints abstain from coffee, tea and alcohol.

Does this mean a return to the days of “Lemonade Lucy,” the posthumous nickname given to the wife of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th U.S. president, who banned alcohol from the White House?

No, said Cabinet members from Romney’s gubernatorial era and a current top aide. They said this health-related observance is not one the Romneys would impose on or expect of others.

“As governor, when Mitt Romney entertained at official functions in the evening, alcohol was served along with soft beverages,” said a senior aide who asked not to be identified in stories about religion.

“There was always a healthy cup of coffee for anyone who wanted it,” said Renee Fry, a former Cabinet member.

“Cabinet dinner gatherings were not dry,” wrote Douglas Foy, who also served in Governor Romney’s Cabinet. “Although the governor and his wife did not partake – which the governor often joked about, since he sponsored the gatherings and paid for the wine!”

Storing – and refraining from – food

The LDS Church advises its members to store enough food to feed a family for a year.

Food storage is viewed as a practical measure, one that can come in handy during, say, a crippling superstorm, massive power outages or unforeseen financial hardships.

The practice is rooted in Mormon history. The church’s early pioneers, on their trek westward to what is now Utah, experienced great suffering and starvation. They also endured their share of persecution and couldn’t rely on the help of others. So having resources squirreled away became a collective comfort.

Any chance that the Romneys would institute White House food storage?

Not because they would need it for themselves or likely anyone else at the White House, but Riess said in these uncertain times, it could be a good lesson in preparedness to showcase to the nation.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see that,” she said.

Mitt Romney gathers donations in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Even if a family storing it doesn’t need the food, by having it available that family is poised to help others. Serving those less fortunate or in crisis is big in the LDS Church, and it is a part of another practice that may find its way into the White House if the Romneys move in.

The first Sunday of every month is Fast Sunday, when committed Mormons who are able forgo food and drink for about 24 hours. Coupled with prayer, it has spiritual meaning. It also serves to instill compassion for those who are in need, and to that end Mormons are encouraged to minimally donate what they would have spent on food to the church’s welfare fund.

Fast Sunday, or calls to fast at other times, can also bind Mormons together when they pray and fast for a common cause.

A Utah woman created buzz earlier this fall when an e-mail she sent out to friends and family, suggesting they fast to help Romney before the debates, began making the rounds in Mormon circles across the country. A new website, romneyfast.org, also the brainchild of private citizens – and not a church-sanctioned effort – asks people to fast and pray for Romney and his wife Ann this Sunday before America goes to the polls.

When he was governor of Massachusetts, and in general, Mitt and Ann Romney observed Fast Sunday and “always contributed very generously to the fast offering fund,” said Bennett, who held church leadership roles with Romney in the Boston area.

What’s more, Bennett said that when Romney served as their congregation's bishop – the equivalent of an unpaid pastor – it wasn’t uncommon for the two friends to fast more than once a month. At the time, Bennett was one of Romney's two counselors, or advisers.

“Occasionally he would invite me and the other counselor to join him in fasting on a weekday for a specific purpose,” Bennett wrote in an e-mail. “For example, one purpose would be to seek inspiration regarding an important decision, another purpose would be to express love, support and solidarity to someone who was ill or going through very difficult times.”

Whether Romney would maintain this observance from the nation’s highest office, we can’t know. But it looks like the White House kitchen staff may be in for a little downtime each month, if they’re lucky.

Honoring the Sabbath, going to church and other Mormon observances

Sunday is a holy day for active LDS Church members. It’s a time when Mormons attend their local congregation - it's known as a ward, which in Catholic-speak would be comparable to a parish - and worship with their families and community.

The ward closest to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and likely the one the Romneys would be assigned to, is the Washington D.C. 3rd Ward, which gathers in what Mormons call a “meetinghouse” or chapel on 16th Street NW. The Washington Post described this ward as consisting of mostly Democrats, half who are nonwhite (including plenty of Spanish speakers), and having openly gay members in its leadership.

Riess said while ward assignments are almost always determined geographically, sometimes there are exceptions. And the truth is there just isn’t any precedent for how this would be handled for a U.S. president.

With or without Romney, D.C. a surprising Mormon stronghold

How much of his Sundays a President Romney could set aside for his faith is obviously uncertain. We already know he’s been hard at work on the campaign trail, Sundays included – though the senior aide we spoke to said he makes efforts to get to church when he can.

One need only look at President Jimmy Carter, who went so far as to teach Sunday school at his local Baptist church, to see how a sitting president can make room for faith, said Balmer of Dartmouth, who counts among his many books “God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.”

Romney faithfully showed up at church on Sundays while he was governor, unless an official function got in the way, Bennett said. And when Romney ran for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Ted Kennedy, Bennett – then the ward’s bishop – assigned Romney to teach the weekly adult Sunday school class.

“He was in church virtually every Sunday teaching this class throughout the campaign, only occasionally arranging for a substitute teacher,” his friend said.

Beyond church, Riess speculated about other observances Romney would uphold.

Mormons reserve Monday evenings for “family home evening,” a time when families pray, study and sing together.

Someone serving in church leadership, who didn’t want to be named because of the sensitivity of the subject matter, said he doubted the Romneys would observe family home evening since their kids are grown and gone. But Riess suspected that Romney and his wife, especially given the size of their brood – five sons; 18 grandchildren – and the likelihood that family would be passing through, would honor the Monday tradition in some way, even if it was just the two of them.

There’s also a practice in LDS Church wards in which men who hold the priesthood – which means the authority, for example, to perform baptisms and offer sacramental blessings – are partnered up to visit other congregation members, ideally once a month, as home teachers.

The LDS Church does not have paid clergy, and this is one way that volunteer ward pastors, or the bishops, can make sure members get personal attention and lessons as needed.

So could home teachers come knocking on the White House doors?

It’s possible, said Riess, though obviously there’d be background checks and no unannounced knockings.

But a U.S. president couldn’t possibly be expected to regularly home teach others, right?

Probably not. But Romney did step up as governor, Bennett said.

“He both had home teachers, and he was assigned as a home teacher, when he was governor,” Bennett said. “He and Ann would ensure they were available for their home teachers to visit, and he was faithful in doing his home teaching.”

And then there’s the big question: What about the temple?

Many non-Mormons falsely assume the large and often magnificent white LDS temples they see in their cities are where Latter-day Saints go for church. But Mormons gather for Sunday services in meetinghouses or chapels, which are usually plain, unimpressive structures.

The Washington D.C. Temple, not too far from the White House, is considered by Mormons to be a house of the Lord.

The 140 temples currently in operation across the globe are actually closed on Sundays. Mormons view their temples as houses of the Lord, as Riess explained in her book, and they are not places for run-of-the-mill worship. Temples, instead, are reserved for the most sacred rituals – the details of which are not to be discussed outside temple walls.

The temples are so sacred that the doors are not even open for all Mormons; only those deemed sufficiently worthy by local church leadership are granted a “temple recommend” or an entry card.

While sacred ceremonies or “ordinances” for the living – such as weddings, during which couples are “sealed” for eternity – happen inside, there are also rituals performed by living substitutes or proxies for those who have died. These rituals include baptisms, which have been at times a subject of controversy for the LDS Church.

Romney, who long served in church leadership, surely has a temple recommend. But does that mean he’d actually go to the Washington D.C. Temple, which sits about 10 miles north of the White House in Kensington, Maryland?

“If I were him, I’d probably just not go while I was president, if only out of courtesy to other patrons,” said our source in church leadership who didn’t want to be named. “It’s not like it’s some kind of ‘go often or you’ll go to hell’ thing. It’s just a standard part of being a committed Mormon, which you do if you can find the time.”

And a President Romney couldn’t go there, let alone anywhere else, without Secret Service. So if he wanted to go, would he be able to? Even Secret Service agents would be turned away from the temple without the right access card.

Not a problem, speculated Balmer of Dartmouth. He said finding qualified agents, if Romney hasn’t found them already, would be easy.

It’s well-known that the CIA, FBI and, by extension, he said he assumes, the Secret Service recruit at LDS Church-run Brigham Young University. All these agencies, Balmer said, are “looking for people who are good, loyal, patriotic Americans,” and many Latter-day Saints, who believe in the divinity of the U.S. Constitution, fit that bill.

So if it would be important for Romney and the first lady to go to the temple, it should be possible.

And Riess said, given Romney's level of faith and church involvement over the years, she can’t imagine that he wouldn’t want to go. Minimally, she pointed out, there’s bound to be a family member’s wedding or “temple sealing” he’d want to attend.

“It would be a logistical problem,” she said. “But I’m pretty sure they’d find a way.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: 2012 Election • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • DC • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (2,237 Responses)
  1. confused

    I'm confused- I read this whole story, but I don't see why I should vote for Obama.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  2. jason

    The second coming of christ is near so repent and. Turn away from cults and. Bein lovers of yourselves. Its better to be independent that leaning one way as both democrats and repubs have sold out their beliefs for sake of attractin votes.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  3. WHO NEEDS AN ENEMY, WITH A hINDU, INFIDEL FRIEND CHRISTIAN.

    Vote Romney on November 6th, mormon filthy goon, denier of truth absolute ALLAH.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  4. Mixtape

    I am a devout Mormon and Democrat, and this article had me chuckling. Even though I am not voting for Romney, I at least give the man enough credit to assume that, if he were elected, he'd have more class than to do 90% of the things discussed in this article. My guess is that the Romneys wouldn't do anything to "Mormon-up" the White house. They would be living there, in a government building, as its tenants, not owners, and would probably respect it as such. I doubt the White House is in need of food storage, and I can't imagine they would force a no alcohol or coffee mandate on official meetings or dinners (besides, being the only sober guy in the room would give him an advantage, as it has done for me through years of office holiday parties). As for the temple, there are plently of LDS people employed in the Secret Service, so problem solved. But as one person interviewed for the article said, my guess is that he would not go as often out of respect for other attendees as well as to avoid the appearance that he was improperly mixing religion with his office by going to the temple to ponder official matters.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • MCR

      I thought the same about the food storage. Seriously, I assume the bunker has years worth of food already.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  5. tallone

    are all liberals idiots: Don't let the door hit you when you leave. If you can compare
    living in the US to living under a dictator, there can't be much light getting under that
    rock.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  6. Mama B

    This article is completely disrespectful and offensive. It is making assumptions about a man based on generalizations. If you really want to know what a Romney White House would be like then vote him in as president.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • WHO NEEDS AN ENEMY, WITH A hINDU, INFIDEL FRIEND CHRISTIAN.

      Not more than hindu Mormon, filthy Moran ism, self center ism.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      Just like everything else. We won't know anything about Romney until he is elected. Then we will realize what this is liar believes.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      I don't support Romney for his foreign policies, but yes, you will see more and more fear mongering articles week before election trying to get people with weaker minds.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  7. Floyd Johnson

    Nationalize Pioneer Day (24 July)! We need another holiday in the summer.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Lets see religious people say evolution doesn't exist which means humans are different then animals yet
    if we are these special things why do we have to eat, sleep and sh1t like animals ?

    also we have vertebrae like animals, 2 eyes like most mammals, 2 legs 2 arms, and the list goes on and on

    They say we are these unchanging things , yet humans are getting taller and taller over the years.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • WHO NEEDS AN ENEMY, WITH A hINDU, INFIDEL FRIEND CHRISTIAN.

      hindu, stupid monkey ism, evolution is hinduism, absurdity grown out of hindu moron ism, filthy secular ism, human have nothing to do with your blood line.. hindu stupid atheist, self centered.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Fred

      Taller and taller? Sure, better nutrition and health care will do that for you.
      Evolve into some other species with maybe an extra eye or a prehensile tail?
      Not gonna happen.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  9. Dog lover

    can i marry my dog, i really love it.. and we have a great relationship..and i also will need health care for it..!!

    November 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • MCR

      That argument is equivalent to someone who argued that when we dropped the voting age to 18 next thing you know three year olds will be voting. Life is about drawing lines, and humans have been doing it for thousands of years. Every now and then we move a line, but that doesn't make it a free for all.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      so who is your dog in presidential race?

      November 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Why should I care. If you want to marry your dog, and you're not hurting it, then go for it. As for you deciding what other consenting adults must do–forget about it. You don't get to define what it and what is not a proper s3xual relationship.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  10. mikey

    New traditions, like two or three first ladies.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Ron

      RIGHT! I was thinking about the same thing. How would that be handled? How would you describe this make believe situation. The First lady, the Second lady, etc., or maybe the First ladies, the View, I don't know. Concubines, I don't know!

      November 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  11. are all liberals idiots

    seriously, democrats have to be some of the most ignorant people i've encountered since i've been in the USA..i left a country ruled by a dictator and democrats seem to want a dictator.. (SMH)

    November 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm |

    • There is a reason your pitiful country was ruled by a dictator.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      No but all Republicans are.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Fred

      Yeah, you're right, Demoncrats aren't too bright.
      Take this Bronco Bamma guy, for instance. He's not too smart either, but
      he is smart enough to fool all the Demoncrats into voting for him again.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Nope

      Since you call Americans idiots then really you should go back to your own country, we don't need dividers, go away.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  12. Voter

    AMAZING to me that his religion ISNT TALKED ABOUT AT ALL on TV. It's the 800 pound gorilla in the room that even the so-called liberal media are afraid to touch. An article in the WSJ talked about how Cabelas is stocking more guns in case Obama wins- since dems are anti-gun supposedly, but Romney's religion is anti-gun! I'm more afraid of him taking the highest office in the land and then boop: no guns, no alcohol, BUT as many brides as you want! Awesome! WHY IS THIS NOT A CENTRAL ISSUE??? Obama's pastor was ripped apart for WEEKS.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm |

    • Stealth Mormonism

      November 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • MCR

      People are scared to talk about religion for fear of being labeled bigots. But religion is a choice, like political party, and should be discussed just as openly and freely.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • AprilMD

      I know a lot of mormons, and just FYI – they have not practiced polygamy since 1800s. They strongly look down on it and will excommunicate you if you practice. There are "spin-off" mormon religions that are very small and tucked away that practice polygamy in secret. Mormons also value not imposing their own views (guns, etc) on others. Please do a little research before developing a strong opinion.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • MCR

      @AprilMD, yeah,it's getting scary how many people seem to think Mormons still practice polygamy. I would love to see a proper academic world religions and nation religions course taught in the schools, but imagine picking the curriculum would be hellish.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Fred

      Okay, Voter, let's think about this for a moment...
      Obummo's pastor was ripped because of some very racist comments he made and some
      ridiculously anti-American comments he made. That explains why he was such a big issue.
      As for Romney's religion, they talk about family and faith and helping others who are less fortunate.
      Those are not negative points, therefore the news has no interest in the subject.
      Now, if they go off the rails and start talking like O-bummo's pastor, that will change.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  13. paul allen

    Simple belief is not enough: And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? Matthew 8:29
    James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
    James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.... Mormanisim is a cult and a false doctrine ( just like anything that teaches the dcotrine of the Trinty) Having said that whatever it takes to get the Kenyan born dictator/tyrant back to his hot dog stand in Chicago, ( with aplogies to the people who sell hot dogs)

    November 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • net

      This will be the first time a non christian will be president if romney wins. It will be the end of God's blessings on our nation. OBAMA2012!

      November 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  14. GOD

    I should have given you humans more brains. You believe i am all powerful all knowing ( this is true ) then you make up stories about talking snakes and donkeys, make up rituals, brainwash people. Would an all knowing GOD that can make stars, black-holes, time and space stoop as low to making snakes talk and Adam and Eve's kids doing it ? Religion was made by men trying to control you not a GOD. ( this is why nothing in the bible exceeds what was known at the time of writing, like genes )

    November 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • Fred

      Nice try, but EPIC FAIL.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  15. Matt

    Members of the LDS faith (Mormons) believe in Christ. I (as a Mormon) look to Christ alone for forgiveness of my sins. That is a pure definition of Christianity to me. Mitt Romney is a christian because he believes in Christ. However, should he be elected, he would not force his religion on others. Anyone who knows a member of the LDS faith knows that we are generally imperfect people trying to live good, honest lives, as Christ would have us live. Romney is no different.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Mormons are Christians?

      Honest flip flopper?

      November 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • MCR

      Thank you for presenting your definition of Christianity right at the start. I hope more who post on this topic will do so in the well balanced manner in which you have done so.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Mormons are Christians?

      No true Christian believes that they can become a God.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • net

      except u believe satan is jesus brother. FAIL! Not christian.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  16. Joan

    I could have sworn I lived in a country with this thing called "Freedom of Religion"? This is the most ridiculous, offensive article I have seen–and there are a lot of them lately. And commenters-just keep poking fun at another's religion and take our maturity as a country back another 50 years. If this article was written with the word "black" or "Muslim" people would be outraged.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  17. lct1119

    Gag , wretch................................

    November 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  18. Motherlode

    That was a very balanced and fairly accurate report. You don't see that often in this frenzied, partisan-driven news world. Thank you!

    November 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  19. Mormons are Christians?

    How about Mormon-gate

    Hear are the facts:

    Mormons believe that God created multiple worlds and each world has people living on it. They also believe that multiple Gods exist but each has their own universe. We are only subject to our God and if we obtain the highest level of heaven we can become gods ourselves.

    In LDS theology you can be forgiven for any sin, save two. First, denying the Holy Spirit, and second, murder. Also, God is infinitely forgiving, until the second coming. After that, you end up where you end up, no matter what. There are no second chances. Period.

    In LDS doctrine there are three heavens: the Celestial Kingdom, Terrestrial Kingdom, and Telestial Kingdom. The Celestial is the highest, where God and the ones who followed his law reside. The Terrestrial is the middle, where people who followed the Law of Moses reside. The Telestial is the lowest, where the ones who followed carnal law reside.

    While most religions believe in God, the LDS religion believes in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as separate beings. They also believe that God, Jesus and resurrected beings have bodies of “flesh and bone.”

    The Book of Mormon is a book of LDS scripture that takes place during the same time as the Bible and takes place on the American continent. It follows the stories of two tribes who descended from the family of Lehi. After Jesus’ resurrection LDS people believe he visited the peoples of the Americas.

    This one is very unique to the LDS faith. Basically, everyone on earth now was a spirit in the pre-existence. When we die, our spirits are separated from our bodies and if we were good they go to “spirit paradise.” If we were bad they go to “spirit prison.” The spirit world exists as a place for spirits to go while awaiting the second coming.

    All of these beliefs are in total contradiction to the bible.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • End the Secrecy

      Thank you for the overview of the Mormon Faith. It is ludicrous to say that Mormons are Christians. Many beliefs are in complete disagreement with Christianity's principles. Jesus warned us that there would be many false prophets and Joseph Smith and the LDS leaders since have proven him right. Joseph Smith originally was a "treasure hunter". It seems his finding of this new book of mormon and the special glasses that allowed him to translate it – was a true treasure for the LDS religion.
      By voting for Romney -despite the fact that his conservative political beliefs mirror many Christians – we legitimize the LDS CULT. LDS has been considered a cult by many of our long standing Christian religions (except Billy Graham who recently caved after meeting with Romney). When you read the tenets of their church history you wonder how anyone who is of logical intelligence can believe what they teach. We all know they NEVER would have given up polygamy if the US Govt hadn't threatened to remove them from the USA. Didn't Romney's grandfather marry 5 wives and live in Mexico. Finally my last thought on this "cult" is that nothing is scarier to me than the secrecy they shroud themselves in..much like the Scientologists. Ask yourself would you vote a Scientologist into the White House? Shouldn't we wonder about the individuals religious beliefs as they pertain to their logical, rational intelligence? The secrecy worries me the most. It seems any organization that is that secretive knows they would be seen as crazy if they were to disclose what they truly believe in for all to evaluate. (ie. Boy Scouts; Penn State Football Administration etc...)
      In closing, several bible belt area churches are allowing people to spread un truth's about Obama being a Muslim – which I don't personally believe. Regardless, even if he were at least Islam is a real religion and not a cult.
      As for me I will vote against my normal Republican principles and vote for Obama, as I refuse to legitimize a CULT individual and someone who believes in unusual amounts of secrecy. Republicans get a better candidate next time!

      November 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Floyd Johnson

      Please recognize that a distinction exists between the phrases "total contradiction to the bible" and "total contradiction to my interpretation of the bible." Not saying any group is right or wrong, but I am always amused by people who base their entire beleif system on a single english translation of 10-12 New Testament scriptures.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • JDub

      @Mormons are Christians? If what you say is a true and factual statement of Mormonism then sign me up!!!

      November 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  20. Jesus freaker

    I f you want Benghazi-gate, then you have to tune into Romney's campaign headquarters, Fox news. You'll find it there.

    November 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
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