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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. Mormons are Christians?

    It's funny how Mormons swear they are Christians. But when asked about their beliefs they dodge the questions.

    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 7:36 pm |
    • Thomas

      Please go pick up a copy of "Mormonism for Dummies". Jeez.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Andrew

      I actually believe all those beliefs are either Biblical or not mentioned in the Bible. If they aren't mentioned in the Bible it doesn't mean it contradicts the Bible. Additional information has been provided from Jesus Christ through his living, modern day prophets. We believe Christ is a living God who is as much involved with the world today as he was in the past. Just as Christ taught new information when he was on the Earth, we believe he continues to teach those who listen. There is an infinite amount of information God knows that he has not yet revealed and we are grateful when he continues to teach us. Saying the Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible is like saying the New Testament contradicts the Old Testament. New revelation does not demean or discredit old revelation. I'm personally grateful for a living, speaking God.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Imminent

      Um, no, you didn't read that hemp pamphlet properly. First, Mormons are Christians – simple.

      There is one God, or Father in Heaven.

      They call it degrees of glory and not three heavens. Additionally, the kingdoms all have good people, though some are exemplary and worthy of greater. Let's face it, some human beings make the rest of us look like lesser human beings.

      Yes, they believe that God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are separate and when you're resurrected, you regain physical existence.

      It's believed that he "visited sheep who are not of this fold" mentioned in the Holy Bible.

      Finally, it's believed everyone existed before coming to earth when given the choice to follow Satan or prove each soul's loyalty to God by coming here to be tested. When a person dies, their spirit waits in paradise or a prison of sorts while awaiting final judgement at the second coming.

      Most all of this is mentioned in the Old and/or New Testaments. Yes, the same Bible that every other Christian believes including the Catholic church. It's interesting that there are so many similarities. Again...you misunderstood the pamphlet or read the wrong pamphlet. You're better off reading the LDS web page if you want intelligent facts.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  2. isaac769

    If you want to know what mormons actually believe go to mormon.org

    November 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Mormons are Christians?

      Propaganda? Go to Mormonwiki.org

      November 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Matt

      ... and then read this http://exmormon.org/d6/drupal/Mitt-Romney-Mormon-Secrets

      Would Romney put his faith to the the Mormon Church before his oath to the Presidency?

      November 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • hillplus

      mormon.org is most certainly NOT propaganda. It is what Mormons believe.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • hillplus

      Sure, Matt. Read that if you want to read about someone with an ax to grind. Someone who leaves the church, but can't leave it alone. ;)

      November 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Matt

      It's hard to extricate oneself from a cult, at least that's what your "friends" over in the Evangelical Christian community refer to Mormonism as.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Imminent

      @Matt, Sorry bud but I was wrong, you are inept as the rest of the idiots. Consider this quote next time before attempting to communicate: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

      @Mormons Are Christians? - Yes, people have already told you, they are Christians. And, how is it propaganda compared to the incorrect information you're typing from a pamphlet or book? Consider the same quote above, champ.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
    • Matt

      @Imminent. Why would I care what your opinion of me is? You believe in imaginary superbeings FFS.

      Perhaps you should consider this nugget of wisdom "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

      November 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Imminent

      @Matt, Yeah, you're clearly unarmed.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  3. dezep

    Do Republicans really want a man as their President who is so fanatical about his Mormon church he swears Temple Oaths of Sacrifice and Consecration to give himself, his time, everything he has, even sacrificing his own life if necessary to the Mormon Church and for the establishment of Zion – a Mormon theocratic government? Your freedoms you enjoy today, will soon be a thing of the past as Mormons are the most secretive religious people on earth, having to strictly obey a myriad of Mormon laws, rules and modern day commandments that severely restrict basic freedoms. If you want these Mormon laws to become part of your lives and American society, then vote for Romney. Because that is exactly what you will get.

    Look at the amazing and revealing undercover videos in my previous post.

    Or take a quick look at the Mormon Temple Ceremony at the Veil with all secret tokens and handshakes, with a peek into the Celestial Room or Mormon Heaven:

    Don't you think the American voter deserves to know about Mitt Romney's secret and fanatical religious side before they vote?

    November 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • isaac769

      The LDS church doesn't force its members to do anything. Everybody in the church is in there because they want to be.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Matt

      There are plenty of people who value their promises to their own religions greater than their own lives. Why should Mitt's promises to his religion (which is CENTRAL to his existence) not be a valid concern for many people? Especially when there are a growing number of people who are getting hip to the fairy-tale world of imagination religions represent.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Imminent

      Hey, nice fictional story and post. Not really, it's just garbage entertainment.

      @Matt If you don't believe in any religion, why do you keep commenting? I'd say you're a closet believer. If you're not, you wouldn't be here and you wouldn't be hoping others will validate your perception.

      Should his beliefs matter? You should be asking this of every election candidate you shmuck. Money motivates the political world. A little conscience would be awesome to have in the white house. What we don't need in any political office is someone who believes in nothing except getting rich. We've tried the scientific minds but they keep wanting to blow up the world or make money off research whether it be medicine or cures.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  4. Joey Smith

    Do Mormons have coffee tables?

    November 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • isaac769

      Yes. There is nothing wrong with coffee tables in the church, just coffee.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • isaac769

      If you have any questions about the church go to mormon.org.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Brian

      Hi Joey . Mormons have coffee tables just like everyone else. We just don't drink coffee, tea or alcohol. Thanks Brian

      November 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  5. thecatwhispererblog

    LOL and the other article calls on MUSLIMS to step up and vote! WOW....like that wouldn't change our society...we could have sharia law! Or – wait...we could enslave half of our population and keep them at home bearing children! How...progressive...

    November 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  6. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

    MAKE GOOD FRIDAY A FEDERAL HOLIDAY !!!

    November 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  7. Debra

    They are like any other church...those with the most money are hel in the highest esteem. Religion is a man made control tactic and money making scheme. The LDS worship the almighty dollar.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Brian

      Hi Debra Mormons and other religions do not worship the almighty dollar, they worship Jesus Christ, the Sion of God. Thanks Brian

      November 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  8. BobRayTalbot

    The fact that you people would even raise this question shows just how in the tank you are for Obama. How many articles in the last 30 days have you written about Obama's church: Trinity United Church of Christ, which practices Black Liberation Theology. Would you care to list out the differences between that theology movement and ordinary Christianity? You people make me sick.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Matt

      The fact that you can't understand the utterly central role that the Mormon Church plays in Romney's life versus the non-central role that Obama's religiousity plays in his life (and government decisions) goes to show how in the tank you are for Romney. Now go spam Fox circle-jerk boards with your drivel.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • BobRayTalbot

      You're right. I just love to troll CNN readers. ... heading back to Fox now.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  9. thecatwhispererblog

    You mean new traditions like not putting an ornament of Chairman Mao on the Christmas tree? Like putting America and Americans first over terrorists? Like cutting taxes so we can afford to have a Christmas and eliminating the new tradition of making sure everyone has the same substandard of health care, but making the working half pay for the 47%? Sounds like a great set of traditions to me.

    Like I care what religion Romney is or what he likes to believe. At least he's not a member of the "let's hate America" pseudo-intellectuals who attempt to widen their voter base by enslaving Americans to food stamps and Obamaphones.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • kms354

      "Obamaphones" came about under the Bush administration. Should we call them Bushphones? #justathought.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Matt

      Sounds like you've been butthurt for four years. Enjoy being butthurt for four more years after the election. I would respond with counterarguments, but you haven't said anything of substance other than convince everyone that you like drinking Fox-flavored Coolaid.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  10. rosethornne

    I don't personally care what stories they tell each other about their particular flavor of Sky Fairy and the Fire Demon.

    What I do care about, and find exceptionally objectionable, is the prospect of the highest office in the land being held by a lying misogynistic sociopath.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • thecatwhispererblog

      yeah – me too. Obama's got to go.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Imminent

      You had to look up how to spell and meaning of misogynistic sociopath. Didn't you? You claim you don't care about a candidate's religion. But the rhetoric of your statement stems from the ignorant who were looking for ways to tie his religion to how he views women. So, you do care which means you must believe it's real or tangible. What's more, you're also not intelligent enough to resist rhetoric brainwashing. You almost had everyone here fooled...you were THAT close.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  11. hyrum.white

    I'm Mormon, and I'd really like to thank the author for a great article. I really enjoyed your non-biased and accurately informed statements and predictions. Thanks again.

    November 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • isaac769

      I'm mormon too. I liked this article, and then I started reading the comments and they just annoyed me. I can't believe what some people think of the church.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • MCR

      I'm not a Mormon, but I have to agree a lot of the comments are pretty ignorant. However they're fairly typical for an unmoderated comment board...this isn't exactly where PhD's go to discuss events.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  12. John the Historian

    Willard believes a cult religion where Joseph Smith is a God. Joseph Smith was a con man, polygamist with 87 wives, one as younf as 14 years old, and he was a murderer who died in a shot out before being arrested. Joseph Smith did not get any gold tablets from some archangel moroni. The tablets would have to weigh 200 pounds to contain the fictional work of the book of mormon. And mormons believe he carried out book of tablets around with them. Now the book of mormon is supposedly in heaven. Yeah tell God to return the gold book of tablets and put them on display. Jesus Christ did not preach to the American-Indians. There is no DNA proof to show that American-Indians are descendants of the 13th tribe of Israel. Brigham Young had 70 wives, massacred non-mormons in Utah, and wanted the Confederacy to win the Civil War. Mark Twain called the book of mormon chloroform in print. Mormon cult followers also need to read mark Twain' s account of Brigham Young that rapist. Mormons only got rid of polygamy in 1890 so Utah could become a state. Joseph Smith's nephew voted against the repeal since he had many wives. One could not be black and mormon until 1978. Wonder why the change ? Mormons rebaptized holocaust victims till 2011. Wonder why the change. Mormons believe the Garden of Eden is in Jackson County, Missouri. Yeah right !!! Mormons believe the polygamist Jesus Christ will reappear in Nauvoo, Illinois. Yeah right ! Mormons have stolen from americana folklore, freemasonry, and many different denominations of Christianity to form there cult. Why do mormons not have interfaith services ? Why do mormons not allow non-mormons into their temple ? Mormons please get educated and get rid of the one percent cult population of mormon cult followers. Your 12 prophets of Salt Lake City only worry about their collection plate. Read some Voltaire on Christianity.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • albert

      Mormons worship Satan.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Imminent

      Maybe you should change your name to John the Story Teller because that was a long pointless rant. You're either a religious zealot who hates Mormons, or you were once on of their church members but got kicked out for doing very bad (if not illegal things), or you are still one of their members and just mad at them for your own stupid choices in life. How's that for your history?

      November 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Brian

      Hi John the Historian, You really need to be a better historian, I would recommend you read the Book of Mormon, History of our LDS church before you make inaccurate comments. I hope you will look at our church with an open enlightened mind Thanks Brian

      November 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • diane

      When your arch-angel is Moroni, I guess that says it all. On vacation through Salt Lake City when i was a little girl, my dad pointed out the statue of Brigham Young to me, and said *see how his hand reaches out to the bank, and his back is on the temple/* Speaking of which, I had no idea they let the house of God sit idle on Sundays, reserving it for the human rites they hold sacred. MORONI indeed.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  13. pazke

    Something tells me there is enough food squirreled away in the White House basement to feed a small army. I don't think the Romney's need to store their own.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  14. Matt

    Every visitor gets a free pair of Magic Underwear!

    Why do Mormon and Moron look so similar? Coincidence? No. Designed by God? Yes!

    November 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Brian

      Dear Matt, There is no need to name call Mormons / Morons when you have no real understanding of what we believe. I understand that you have limited knowledge on the subject, but I would invite you to expand your horizon and vision by sincerely studying the scriptures. The bible teaches us to be loving, kind, and tolerant to all people. Try to understand others without mean judgement Thanks Brian

      November 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  15. dezep

    Here is the real reason why Mitt Romney and his Mormon church are so desperate to take residence in the White House:

    This is undercover video footage of a Mormon Temple Ceremony in a real Mormon Temple filmed in Utah this year.
    Here you will see Mormons kneeling in white robes with raised hands at altars, swearing Temple Oaths of strict obedience to
    the Mormon church and its hidden desire for a theocratic government administered by Mormons. They also swear to keep these oaths secret. Now you know why Mitt Romney is so reluctant to talk about his religion.

    Or watch the full live ceremony filmed secretly by undercover video at the Mormon Salt Lake Temple in Utah this year:

    Here you will see secret signs, tokens (Handshakes), Oaths, Laws of Sacrifice and Consecration.

    Mitt Romney and his wife have attended these Temple Ceremonies on numerous occasions as above and promised to obey and defend these strict Mormon Oaths and Laws, even in sacrificing their own lives if necessary.

    The American voters need to know about Romney's secret religious ceremonies.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • God hates religion

      Romney would put his oath to the Church above his oath to the American people. That is WRONG!

      November 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Toni

      And what would you say about Obama's religion? I, for one, do not believe he is a religious man, but then again, most Mulsims aren't...just radical.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • hyrum.white

      Number one, I'd politely ask as a member of the LDS church that you take those videos down. Number two and this is directed to #"God Hates Religion", our church believes in supporting and upholding the government and being active citizens. Therefore to pledge our lives to our religion is to pledge our lives to our country.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Obama is a christian as much as anyone can be, but he doesn't care what other people think he is.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Matt

      "I, for one, do not believe he is a religious man, but then again, most Mulsims aren't...just radical."
      Toni, are you really THAT stupid or are you just pretending to stupid to get a rise out of people, by calling our Christian President a Muslim?

      November 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Imminent

      Wow, everything you said is completely just made up and flat out lies. You poor inept kid. You got kicked out of various church or public events a lot, didn't you? Is that your videos? If it is, it explains why you aren't welcome anywhere anymore. Don't be mad at others for your own mental or spiritual instabilities. It's your own fault you're such a sad person.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  16. Toni

    I'm not Mormon but have recently studied the religion. I have to say, the Mormon's have "love your neighbor" down to an art. Something the Muslim religion could learn from. I will be voting for Romeny on Tuesday. Not because of his religious beliefs but because I think he is more qualified and defintaley more Presidential as is his wife. Seriously folks, list the pictures of previous 1st ladies coming off the plane/helicopter in shorts with a baseball cap. Or better yet, wearing her sweater backwards.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Matt

      "... I think he is more qualified and defintaley more Presidential as is his wife..." (based on photos)

      And the key facet for Toni's standard of "Presidential"(ness)? Being not black. It's ok, Toni. You don't have to say it, we whites all understand your code.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Toni

      Sorry Matt, it has nothing to do with his skin color and everything to do with the fact the man obviously could not and has not passed an economics course in his life. He could be black, white, orange or purple for all I care, but if he isn't a business man he has no business running a country.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Toni

      Oh, and I would vote for Alan Keyes in a heartbeat and last time I checked, he's black.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • albert

      You are obviously not referring to Romney. People who "Love their neighbors" don't lie to them!.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Matt

      Then you've changed your position in the last 20 minutes, since previously your comment was that he was somehow more qualified and presidential based on some photographs. You do realize that the president has advisors for economic policy, don't you? And it was Obama and those advisors that kept us from spiraling into a huge 1929-style Great Depression 2.0. It you believe his words, Mitt would have let the economy go into that deathspiral. I guess if you enjoy rampant, unbridaled capitalism a-la Robber Barons of the Guilded Age, then I would suppose Romney is your man.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Imminent

      I get what you're saying. Putting family, neighbors and citizens first is a nice change of pace. I don't however care what they or their wives wear. Looking presidential doesn't make someone look approachable. The last thing I want is a serious, droll "bonesman" back in the white house.

      @Matt how the hell did you get racism out his comment? Did you read it too fast? Are you not the intellect we thought? Do you really want to be considered part of the inept?

      November 3, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • malkittens

      I got racism out of it too. I am white and originally from the South, and people make veiled racist comments like that all the time.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  17. Abortions are Hilarious!!

    Romney is a ball sucking faqqot.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • cmr2323

      You have no class whatsoever. 2 bit chump.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Imminent

      You have mental problems. No one here wants to turn you away without offering up some help. Love yourself. Pick up the phone book and find your closest mental health hospital. Talk to someone. They'll help you.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  18. Edweird69

    Just what we need... a cult leader in the WH.. What a nutjob!

    November 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • cmr2323

      Are you suggesting that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are more normal than Mormonism? Because you shouldn't.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Imminent

      Is that your professional opinion? Or, is that the level of your intellect? The Catholic church is a cult. The church of Scientology is a cult. Even a spiritual hippy only club is a cult. But NONE of them including the LDS church are occults. Study up on all this and get back to us with something that shows us your real intellect because you're better than this.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  19. WHO NEEDS AN ENEMY, WITH A hINDU, INFIDEL FRIEND CHRISTIAN.

    Word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to bothof them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity.
    To learn about foundation of Mormon ism, Moran ism, denial of truth absolute GOD, visit limitisthetruth.com.

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

      Wrong. Per Wiki: "The usage of the word Hindu was popularized for Arabs and further west by the Arabic term al-Hind referring to the land of the people who live across river Indus[6] and the Persian term Hindū referring to all Indians. By the 13th century, Hindustān emerged as a popular alternative name of India, meaning the "land of Hindus"."

      November 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU FATHER

      DIDN'T I TELL YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM COMPUTERS AND HELP YOUR MOTHER? TAKE CARE OF HER, SHE HAD BRIGHT RED ASS WHEN I FINISHED PADDLING HER LAST NIGHT, TAKE CARE OF HER SON.

      November 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  20. ug

    More parnoid issues by the progressives that mean nothing...vote Romney.

    November 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • The Mighty Paw of Dog

      Vote for a flip flopper that has no real position on anything. Good for you.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • WHO NEEDS AN ENEMY, WITH A hINDU, INFIDEL FRIEND CHRISTIAN.

      It is called Huduism, filthy secular ism, denial of truth absolute.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Fred

      I guess if you don't like flip floppers, then you must not think highly of O-bummo, either.
      He'll say anything to anybody in an attempt to get an extra vote here and there.
      O-bummo has got to go.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Matt

      Romney – not the candidate Republicans wanted, but the one they got. Republicans can't come up with a coherent set of reasons to support Romeny (let's face it, who could given how all-over-the-map he's been oh his "positions") so they are simply left with their ultimate reason for voting for Romney... He's not Obama.

      Sheesh. Talk about uninspired.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Imminent

      @Matt, you seem like a decent fellow and are obviously far more intelligent than Fred, Who Needs and Mighty Paw. You bring up a point that most the inept here could never comprehend – the Reps truly don't have a unified candidate. Personally, I like a candidate who isn't either party's favorite. It means he's on his own and really doesn't owe them anything. It means it's very possible they can be an individual listening to us rather than his own party members.

      If Obama were more of an individual, I would be voting for him. But there's too many on his coat tails to ignore. Can't stand the two party system.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Matt

      @Imminent. I don't find the two party system too problematic right now. It's the corporations are people, huge hidden money influence in politics that I have a bigger problem with. But with regard to Mitt being "on his own" and "not owe them anything" remarks, it's the flip side that worries me. Mitt is an unknown who has made promises that put him literally ALL OVER THE MAP, politically. It was Mitt that invented Obamacare, but then he also has promised to get rid of all of women's rights to choose. One day he wants to get tough on China, next day he's kissing their ass. I know what I am getting with Obama and even though I'm not happy with how everything has turned out so far, I know he isn't going to take us as far into the toilet as I can see Romney leading us towards. It's a matter of Devil you know versus Devil you don't.

      November 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
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