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Romney’s loss closes out ‘Mormon moment’
Mitt Romney attending church on Sunday earlier this year.
November 8th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Romney’s loss closes out ‘Mormon moment’

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s defeat appears to close out a years-long “Mormon moment,” a period of national fascination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It has also provoked Mormon disappointment; Romney would have been first Latter-day Saint in the White House, culminating a decades-long process of growing Mormon acceptance and influence.

But prominent Mormons and religion experts say Mormons should be heartened that Romney’s candidacy appeared to help mainstream the relatively young faith, which was founded in 1830 in upstate New York.

“Part of the Mormon moment was curiosity and much of that curiosity has been satisfied,” said John Green, professor of political science at the University of Akron.

“There will always be people who disagree with them,” Green said, “but the sense is that this community is part of the broad middle of American society.”

As stories about the LDS Church graced the covers of magazines and front pages of newspapers, the church’s press office was working overtime to answer questions from around the globe. A church that prefers to keep private became very public.

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“Without question there has been an increase in interest in the Church over the past several years,” church spokesman Michael Purdy told CNN. “Although there have been exceptions, this attention has given people the opportunity to know who we are and what we believe.”

It also meant more publicity for aspects of the church that many Mormons would prefer not dwell on, like the church’s onetime practice of polygamy (the church banned the practice more than 100 years ago) and its denial of the priesthood to black members until the late 1970s.

But even the uncomfortable questions were good for the church, said Richard Bushman, a Mormon scholar who has served as a local Mormon leader.

“So long as those objections and criticisms were kept under wraps, they just sort of festered there,” Bushman said. “Getting them out in the open where people could speak candidly, that in a way clears the atmosphere.”

Coverage of Mormonism also led to some level of misinformation. One example: On the TV show “The View,” on October 18, 2012, Whoopi Goldberg asked Ann Romney, Mitt Romney’s wife, about how she would relate to soldiers.

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“As first lady, if you get the job, it’s going to entail a lot of things, and one of those things is going to be talking to the mothers whose children are coming home in bags, you know, from wars,” Goldberg said. “Now, I know - I believe that your religion doesn’t allow you to go fight.”

Goldberg was wrong. Mormons are actually known to enlist in the military at higher levels than others. “No, that's not correct,” Ann Romney told Goldberg. “We have many, many members of our faith that are serving in armed services.”

Purdy, the church spokesman, says such exchanges were ultimately beneficial.

“A good deal of misinformation has been replaced with a more accurate picture of the Church, its doctrines, and its members across the world,” Purdy said. “That is a good thing for all involved and we look forward to these opportunities continuing.”

But with Romney’s loss, interest in Mormonism is expected to dwindle. Joanna Brooks, a well known Mormon blogger and author says it’s only a matter of time until that interest returns.

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“There have been many Mormon moments, and there will be many more to come,” she said. “Mormonism remains a vibrant and distinctive force on the American religious landscape, and as a young religion with a new global reach, the Mormon story is still unfolding.”

The last Mormon moment, she said, was a good one: “This is a moment in which the nation proved that it was capable of having a discussion about candidates and platforms without openly subjecting either candidate to a religious test.”

Though Romney’s faith garnered plenty of coverage - from Time’s cover story “The Mormon Identity,” to New York Magazine’s “Where is the Mormonism in Mitt Romney?,” - neither the campaigns nor outside groups made much, if any, mention of it.

Romney’s bid seemed to improve relations between Mormons and evangelical Christians, many of whom have long seen the LDS Church as a cult. In May, Romney spoke at Liberty University, founded by Jerry Falwell.

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Weeks before the election, too, the Rev. Billy Graham met with Romney for the first time and removed “Mormonism” from a section of his website devoted to cults.

“The Billy Graham business, for me that was symbolic that evangelicals instead of just dismissing Mormonism, (they) now need to talk a little more about what they mean,” Bushman said.

According to exit polls on Tuesday, 79% of white evangelical Christians voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. That’s an even higher share of the white evangelical vote than John McCain got in 2008, when he was the Republican presidential nominee.

“From the point of view of religious tolerance and acceptance, there were some really positive trends,” Green said. “It does suggest that the path towards greater religious tolerance has continued.”

Green raised the subject with his students after Tuesday’s election. At the end of the conversation, Green said one non-Mormon student’s comment encapsulated the strides Mormonism made in the last year.

“They aren’t any stranger,” the student joked, “than anyone else.”

– CNN’s Allison Brennan contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics

soundoff (1,823 Responses)
  1. samsjmail

    I don't really see how Mormonism is any more of a cult than any other Christian sect, or any other religion for that matter. They're all ridiculous and require you to believe in magic.

    My Totem Pole, in His Devine Wisdon, said to leave the final judgement to Him.

    November 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs. `

      November 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      @ Atheism is not healthy for children and other...blah, blah, blah...

      FVK *FF you troll!!!

      November 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • samsjmail

      You're absolutely correct.

      One time I prayed for rain, and GUESS WHAT? It actually rained two weeks later.

      Do we need further proof of God's presence?

      November 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Huebert

      @JC

      I like how you censored the "o" in your fvck off.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  3. Paul

    Da maged cars, collapsed houses, piles of sand half-a-story high. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is on display all throughout the Rockaways, a thin peninsula belonging to the New York City borough of Queens.

    Fortunately, so are the efforts of thousands of good-hearted volunteers who’ve descended on the community by train, bus, car and foot. Many of these volunteers are part of Mormon Helping Hands, a community service program that mobilizes members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their neighbors to provide community service to areas in need.

    In an eight-minute video posted yesterday, filmmaker Joshua Brown docu ments the ways in which Helping Hands is giving residents of the Rockaways a hand during a period of acute pain and frustration. The video is featured on the Washington Post’s Under God blog and has already received more than 10,000 “likes” on Facebook.

    Mormon Helping Hands :: Hurricane Sandy :: Rockaways, NY from Joshua Brown on Vimeo.

    The Post's blog quotes Michael Otterson, head of church public affairs, as saying, “neither the video nor the effort was coordinated by the national church, but the effort represents the way wards and stakes may choose to provide assistance.”

    According to the New York Daily News, Helping Hands has won “rave reviews” from the Rockaways community. Islamic and Catholic charities as well as other volunteer organizations have also joined the effort and have been able to deliver food and supplies to residents faster than government agencies.

    “They came in with droves and droves of people,” resident Randy Nelson said. “They were really incredible.”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865566710/Mormon-Helping-Hands-Hurricane-Sandy-outreach-video-going-viral.html

    November 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      So tell us, how long of a proslytizing spiel do they have while they help you? Also, does their "help" include books of mormon or bibles?

      November 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Christianity is a mental disease- FACT

      This still does not change the facts about the foundation of your church lacking integrity. It is a made up cult period....family values and being nice do not change the deception and fraud of the core of your religion. Yoru great White Horse FAILED.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Christianity is a mental disease- FACT

      |The Book of Mormon bibles were great for starting fires to warm soem hands

      November 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • unverknow

      Paul, do you REALLY think your church is the only church or organization that helps people out? I mean, why are you bragging about what your church does? Did you help out yourself? Were you there? Was the Red Cross? Was FEMA? Do you know how many people donate to a charitable organization or gather a group of people together to help when help is needed in this world?

      November 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Paul

      @Hawaii. No.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL

    And they have scattered back to Salt Lake City to blog no more. Their prophecy failure fresh on their minds. I do find it QUITE funny how the Mormons have stopped blogging. lol

    November 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  5. unverknow

    I love watching the Mormons run when someone gets on here that knows all of the LDS beliefs and can prove how crazy they are! It's great fun to watch them (mormons) silenced by educated people.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Great White Horse Prophecy FAIL

      Oh wait but they have good family values....classic mindless programmed response.....you see this in Salt Lake...lived with it in Vegas and Tucson which has a large Mormon population...it is like you pull a string on a Mormon doll.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  6. TR

    What I find so funny about some of these comments is how mean, rude and disrepectful some people are. Some have a real talent at it! Too bad we can't turn it around toward something productive.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • TR

      Oh, boy... I did it. Here it comes. Can you feel it? The hailstorm of rude replies.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • Wesurvive

      You're right TR, mormons are unbelievably rude. It's good to see that someone else sees their true colors! Thank you!

      November 14, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • TR

      Wesurvive,

      The humor keeps flowing. "I know you are but what am I?" Really?

      November 14, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Kathrnown

      @TR...so, are you just trolling this board in the attempt to start another fight with someone that sees your mormon cult for what it is? I think it's sad that you mormons don't just find peace in your belief. Why not try NOT caring what other people think, and go about your daily lives. Psychologically it's been said that people that spend so much time defending something, don't genuinely believe in it...they are so upset that people are attacking the very thing they doubt themselves. Perhaps you ought to do some soul-searching yourself, grow up and let people voice their opinions. The Middle East is alive and well for people that feel the government needs to be run by a Theocracy. Your romney lost, let it go.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Backatcha

      PSYCHOlogists can say whatever they want. They're a unique breed, just like everybody else.

      November 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • godFreeNow

      That's right...mormons don't believe that they should go to psychologists because once they (mormons) start talking about how they are going to become a god or goddess, the psychologist would put them on a HUGE dose of anti-psychotics. I guess any form of science, in the eyes of a mormon, contradicts their beliefs; how convenient.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • rocketscientist

      "That's right...mormons don't believe that they should go to psychologists because once they (mormons) start talking about how they are going to become a god or goddess, the psychologist would put them on a HUGE dose of anti-psychotics. I guess any form of science, in the eyes of a mormon, contradicts their beliefs; how convenient."

      More stupid lies from another stupid bigot. Fact: BYU has an accredited psychology program. Fact #2, Mormons aren't adverse to taking anti-depressants (unlike Scientologists). Obviously, they're being prescribed these drugs from psychiatrists. As for science contradicting their beliefs, well, science pretty much contradicts a lot of religious beliefs, so let's not single the Mormons out on that. That said, like other faiths, including Catholicism and the mainstream Protestant faiths, the Mormons aren't anti-science. I know several Mormon doctors, scientists, engineers, psychologists. I even visited an engineering school building at BYU when I was there for their homecoming game a couple of years back.

      Add this to the stupid lies like "Mormons don't read the bible," "Mormons are polygamists," and all the other stupid crap. You guys seem pretty desperate to draw attention to yourselves here. Why? Something missing in your life, i.e. lack of a significant relationship, job problems, loneliness, or some other emotional issue? Why not get some professional help, say, from a psychologist or psychiatrist, like a lot of Mormons and other people do, instead of making cowardly fools of yourselves online. What happened to your self-respect? I mean, obviously your consciences are compromised to say such things about innocent people who have done no harm to you whatsoever, but I'd think you'd at least have something called personal dignity.

      This whole trolling thing is just pathetic. Grow up. Getting your kicks by ticking whole groups of people off online is nothing more than a screaming cry for help and you know it (or you should).

      Dr. H (non-Mormon for the record)

      November 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  7. Rev. William Keller

    It is a cult born out of satan's mind to lead souls to hell with a false gospel...for every supposed "Chrisitan leader" who said it was find to vote for a 5th generation high priest of a cult that worhsips satan and leads souls to hell with a false gospel..they should be SHUNNED..they are nothing but modern day Judas' selling out the Lord for temporal politics..Ralph Reed..DeMoss..Graham..Jeremiah....all dishonored themselves and the faith by saying it was OK to help mainstream a cult leading souls to hell...

    November 14, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Not true

      5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

      Love your brother, don't shun people.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  8. JPOD_213

    As a former Mormon and current moderate Christian, I can say that I believe God's will has been done in this election. @Jenny Porter, I too was afraid for the "Mormon Moment". Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of Mormons, it's the clique and exclusivity that they parade that turns me away (not to mention the pagan ceremonies). The idea that there would be more in-roads for the corporation of the LDS church into the puppetry of the goverment sickend me. That said, I got on my knees and prayed for God's will be done in this election with the subtext that I sure hope it is Obama. If only for the man's character, veracity and leadership. In my humble opinion......

    November 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Hewey not Louie

      How would you know that your god's will wasn't done? And for that matter, if your god is omnipotent, how could its will not be done? Don't think too far past that or you won't be a believer any more.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      It's not god's will that god's will should always prevail.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Jenny Porter

      Thank you JPOD, I appreciate your words of wisdom and kindness. Yes, I know there are MANY people that are relieved to know that the LDS church has forever lost its chance to gain the seat of the powers that be, here in America, the land of the truly free.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  9. On StreetWise

    God answer prayer!

    November 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Hewey not Louie

      When? Never has yet.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Well, the white house prophecy will never come true. The mormons cult have been exposed

    November 13, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Kev

      What are you talking about?

      November 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Andtherearemoreofus

      @ kev...as a mormon, you know EXACTLY what MaryM is talking about...or are you going to still insist that you're just a curious by-stander that knows MANY good mormons?

      "You will see the Const*tution of the United States almost destroyed," the diary entry quotes Smith as saying. "It will hang like a thread as fine as a silk fiber."

      Not only will the Mormons save the Const*tution, under the prediction, but the prophecy goes further, insinuating that Mormons will control the government.

      "Power will be given to the White Horse to rebuke the nations afar off, and you obey it, for the laws go forth from Zion," the prophecy says.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • mike hunt

      This statement is true if Obama is the last president ever elected. As dictator in chief, he may be. But otherwise it still remains to be seen.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • reallife47

      @ mike...so if romney had won he would also have been dictator-in-chief or just a crazy cultist leading the country to hell like all republitards do?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Kev

      What does that have to.do about Romney being elected president? In fact, what does have to do about any LDS in the White House? The quotes weren't really specific. The church didn't side with either one in the electing, not to mention, there were a number of LDS who picked Obama, including myself.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Hewey not Louie

      Religion is for quacks, and MaryM sure reads like a duck.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  11. Jonah

    If you haven't seen the latest YouTube phenomenon, you're missing out. These videos include teenage boys and a One Direction song. It's a no-brainer why they’ve gone viral.

    But the best part is, the young men didn't make the video to achieve YouTube fame. In fact, the only audience they had in mind was the young women from their church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their mission was to make sure every young woman knew that she was beautiful.

    When Jayme Bowden was assigned to work with the young women in the Mesa Arizona Citrus Heights Stake, she knew she wanted to start a music-video tradition she had learned about years before in a previous LDS stake. Each year the young men would create a music video that would be played for the young women at the LDS stake girls camp.

    "My old (LDS) stake used to do it and I just thought it was so clever," Bowden said. "I saw how much the girls loved it because the young men are a big influence on these girls."

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865566595/Young-men-in-Mesa-Ariz-tell-girls-theyre-beautiful-through-music-video.html

    November 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Kaly57

      O.M.G Jonah, like, I was like, totally immersed, like in the total, like beauty of those, like, special spirits, and like I thought, oh, my, gosh, I will join the mormon church, like right now! OMG!!!

      ROFL!!! Stop your ridiculous proselytizing now! You people are ancient mythology already!!!

      November 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • End Religion

      Jonah with another LDS press release...

      November 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Hewey not Louie

      Jonah, you lie. If it was such a big phenom, we all would already know about it. Maybe it got a brief blip in popularity but so do cute puppy vids. Pretty much on par with those.

      Your cult is still a cult, but don't feel bad. So is every other religion.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  12. Gospel Juggernaut

    Oh, Jenny! On which floor is your residence in the "Great and Spacious Building"? You and all other antagonists of aith have long been seen and known and your days of revelry shall run your season. BUT it will all be for naught. We weep for your ignorance (as you have so abundantly displayed). You choose a path of anger and hatred toward those who choose a profound faith in God. Leave us be! We are harmless. Yet, to what do you follow? You seek to divide and force through mockery and ridicule. I have to ask...Which way would God want this to be?

    November 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Which God?

      gospels' juggernuts. You mention god several times. WHICH god are you refering to?

      November 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Kaly57

      @ gospel jug, you're really a nut job aren't you? You really make your church sound like a cult with your high-and-mighty-mumbo-jumbo as you condemn yet another human being with your hysterical megalomania.

      Bye bye mormon cult.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Gospel Jugs!

      (•)(•)
      can i see me some mormon boobies?

      November 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • Hewey not Louie

      Nah, GJug, the Magic Underwear hides all the good parts.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  13. art

    The White Horse Prophecy has been proven false. Thank you, Jesus. You still love America.

    November 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • D

      What is the White House Prophecy?

      November 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Jonah

      Refers to Prophesies in Revelations 6 and 19.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Which God?

      Jeebus had nothing to do with it. Nor did goD.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  14. A sheep trying to follow

    Mormons aren't the only people being persecuted for believing they are gods. Jesus Christ, a very knowledgeable scriptorian, referred to Psalms 82:6 when he was about to be stoned to death by the Jews (John 10:22-42). Mormons are in good company.

    November 13, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • art

      Uh, yeah.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Which God?

      So, sheep, you are following the other sheep off the cliff? You want to be a follower? You can't truly think for yourself? Sad. You have an addictive personality. Once you grab hold of the "special feeling" of belonging to a group, you can't let go, can you? Yes, you are a sheep. Just one of the flock, and not so special after all. Pathetic.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Kev

      So, Which god, what has been your experience with this "spiritual feeling"?

      November 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • End Religion

      Religion is a manmade club like any other, with rules and perks to make the club feel special from other clubs. The club gets together periodically to reinforce the delusions of members. Many branches of this club have dues which most call a tithe.

      You've chosen the club that aligns best with your own fantasy concerning how to minimize your fears in life. You and others in the club are afraid so you've made up a god that soothes you by making decisions for you, helping you feel less alone in the universe, and promising you life everlasting. The various club gods offer perks to induce membership such as seeing dead relatives, virginal sex partners, planets to rule or even one's own god status.

      The Jesus you believe in never existed, was and is king of nothing. The bible is a collection of stolen, modified, pre-fabricated myth and forgeries about a non-existent deity. You don't have to be afraid. You do not need religion.

      Deal with the lack of afterlife by celebrating life and family in the here and now. Be responsible for your own decisions. Be kind to the earth and others on it. Forge a path with determination, or "go with the flow" and let life determine the course if you're the lazy type. Either way, you don't need a god or a club for any of that.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • rocketscientist

      "Be kind to the earth and others on it. "

      So, I suppose you consider the many mean-spirited and bigoted anti-Mormon and (religious in general) comments you made here "kind?"

      Sorry, but I don't. My (largely non-religious) father didn't raise me to be a bigot because bigots, by their very nature, are unkind.

      Dr. H

      November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  15. TR

    So the church has 50K+ missionaries trying to tell everybody about the church and eventually get people into the temple to experience what some take out of context. Somehow from this the church gets branded with the stigma: "A church that prefers to keep private..." How much more do you want? There is a difference between "secret" and "sacred." Please be kind to what some consider sacred.

    November 13, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Kaly57

      When you are vetted for the position of President of the United States of America, NOTHING is sacred enough to be secret. Guess the rest of America agreed.

      Sacred is another word for archaic.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • TR

      Kaly57,

      Wow. You have a great point. And you have strengthened the posts of the many anti-mormons to which I now -in part- agree. If America doesn't respect sacred things anymore, and will not allow the President of the United States worship God through the sacred nature of his chosen religion, maybe it was God's will to not have a Mormon in the White House. Matt 7:6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in a honest and respectful way.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  16. Andtherearemoreofus

    So mormons, you can see how people feel about your "religion" now. Did you really think that Romney was a good example of charity and kindness with his 47% remark? What about his son saying he was going to PUNCH Obama, the President of the United States of America? Really? We know that you mormons are nothing but insecure, brainwashed bullies and now that all of your prayers and fasting and Propheting (profiteering) did nothing for you, surely you can look through a mirror darkly....

    November 13, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  17. dezep

    Incredulous to witness the sheer torturous disbelief and utter devastation of Mitt and Ann Romney – the exalted ones of the grand 2nd Anointing.
    The great Mormon God clearly wasn't listening to the prayers of all these self-proclaimed exalted ones in Salt Lake and obviously caught unawares, when the secret film crew descended upon the great abomination and whited sepulchre of the Salt Lake Temple.
    Roll up folks and watch the great Mormon Celestial Show – all gentile nations welcome, no Temple Recommends and NO Money required for entry. Bow your heads and say YES. That will do!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1WpFoYstmQ&w=640&h=390]

    November 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • End Religion

      nice vid, thx!

      November 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • marijuanaken

      http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.chamberland

      November 13, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Dave

      You may mock and disagree with another's religious practices. Please understand that we believe they have a biblical source (see Revelations 7:14-17 among other scriptures).

      November 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • say what

      Just goes to show that some people will believe anything.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • End Religion

      the bible is not a source, it is a known pack of lies.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  18. Jonah

    I am a castrated, paid mormon slave.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  19. dezep

    Here is the hidden truth about Mitt Romney's Mormon Church. The important part of Mormonism that they don't want anyone outside of the Mormon Temples to know about. This is the reason why Mitt Romney did not want to discuss his religion. This is what he did NOT tell Bill Graham about, when he went to visit him for his endorsement just before the election. Billy Graham and all the American voting public were deceived by Romney and here is the evidence to prove it. Judge for yourselves.
    The following undercover video was filmed secretly in a Mormon Temple in Utah, earlier this year:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VrsFEiTpsQ&w=640&h=390]

    Or take a look at a shorter version of the Mormon Temple Ceremonies filmed secretly in the Salt Lake Temple, Utah, this year.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6udew9axmdM&w=640&h=390]

    November 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Abinadi

      OMG!!! HOW DARE YOU SHOW OUR SACRED TRUTHS??? HOW DARE SOMEONE BREAK OUR SACRED LAWS AND FILM THIS???????

      November 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Jenny Porter

      This is amazing! This is exactly what my husband John and I experienced in the temple when we went through for our endowments and then temple marriage. If anybody with a sane mind, sees this and DOESN'T leave the cult called the mormon church, then they are simply insane. Me, John and our daughters, Elizabeth and Anna are so grateful to see this on here. Most people we talk to about how troubling and cultish the temple ceremonies are, don't believe us! Now there is REAL proof! Aren't you glad that Romney didn't win...
      Now you know mormons worship more than one god...Michael helped create the earth with Jesus and God and the Heavenly Mother???

      November 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • The Mockingjay

      I won't bother to tell you you are going to hell. You already know it and I am sure you are already there. Wickedness never was happiness.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • The Mockingjay

      I am sure you were hoping to shock, but I am just sad. I knew someone like you once. She rebelled against the church and took up drugs and bad friends. She spent her life trying to prove that we were all wrong (the scriptures call it "kicking against the pri cks) but in the end, she proved that we were right. She died miserable and all alone. Her so called friends abandoned her.

      I am not your enemy. I wish you only happiness, but I know there is none the way you are going.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • End Religion

      lol@mockingjay

      I knew someone like you once. She joined the Mormon church and took up drugs and bad friends. She spent her life trying to prove that non-believers were all wrong but in the end, she proved that we were right. She died miserable and all alone with but one thick book. Her so called friends abandoned her.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Jenny Porter

      @ the mockingbird...you are the EXACT reason me and my family left the church. Your hateful judgements, condemnations and self-righteousness make anyone want to vomit. So many mormons are like you; uneducated, cruel and bigoted. For your information, my family is in that "one percent" that seems to be so unpopular right now, so I'd hardly worry about me or my family going off and doing drugs out of sheer depression from leaving your cult.
      Thank you mockingturd, for reminding me why I'm so grateful for leaving the mormon church.

      November 13, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      So JayBird, are you saying that the video is a fake? Looks like you are only attacking Jenny but not the video. Does the video accurately show mormon rituals?

      November 13, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • The Mockingjay

      Jenny, I can tell you are miserable by your comments. You are miserable and you blame me, the church and everyone around you unless they agree with your point of view. You will never be able to leave the church alone and you will be bitter and angry for all eternity. You have made your own hell and until you repent and ask for forgiveness you will not leave. Is it worth it?

      November 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Which God?

      @mockingjay Yep, another handle that is self descriptive. We do mock you, mockingjay, for mocking birds do parrot that which they are. They are also known pests to other birds, and you are a pest, as well as your religion being pestilential.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • OTOH

      " You will never be able to leave the church alone"

      Mormons like Mockingjay like to parrot the self-righteous little ditty about those who escape their clutches – "They leave the church, but they can't leave it alone." Yes, many are scarred and bitter about the lies that they have been told to believe. Me, I'm grateful to them for exposing this stuff... and if you didn't mock reality, Mockingjay, you might see it.

      November 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • OTOH

      The Mockingjay
      "I won't bother to tell you you are going to hell."

      Well, you just did, you self-righteous prig. I'll bet the term "asshat" originated from Joseph Smith's chapeau caper!

      November 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Abinadi
      If your religion is "The Truth", then you've nothing to fear from public airings of your rituals.
      Why is it OK to watch video of Catholics engaging in their cannibalistic rituals, but not Mormons doing their masonic song and dance?

      November 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Kev

      Doc, there's a difference between fear and disgust.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • coryseeg1

      If anyone really believes that Abinadi's post reflects comments of a real Mormon, then you still really don't know anything about our religion. Using the profanity "OMG" and then pretending to say that the film violates "our laws" is plainly ridiculous to anyone who knows better. Real Mormons know that taking the name of the Lord in vain is violating His laws. It is something we roundly, and clearly, denounce. Any Mormon who truly cared about the sacred nature of the Temple, and understood its purpose, would never use such a profanity in a post speaking in favor the Temple. I'm sorry that so many are so easily deceived.

      November 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @coryseeg1
      Abi has been a Mormon apologist on this blog for quite some time.
      He is of the opinion that young Mormons who spend their college funds to go on a mission instead of going to school are doing a very good thing.
      He doesn't understand how people could be upset by statements from leading mormons like:
      "if a dest.itute family is faced with the decision of paying their ti.thing or eating, they should pay their t.ithing." (Lynn Robbins, General Conference, April 2005).
      I think he believes he is a good voice for the LDS.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Kaly57

      @coryseeg1...if you're still a mormon, it looks like YOU are the one that's so easily deceived. LOL! You even attack your own mormons because YOU say that they can't say OMG, which could mean Oh My Gosh. I know many mormon teenagers (poor things) that twitter that all the time.
      @mockingturd, (Jenny got you named right) you really are nothing but a soulless bully. Anybody can see that and anybody can KNOW why Jenny and her family are very grateful to be rid of you and your mormon kind! The funny part is that you never get it do you?

      November 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Abinadi

      I just tuned in and noticed the imposter using my handle. No, that was not a real mormon – just a creep pretending to be me!

      November 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Abinadi

      I'm much more of a creep than that, anyway.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • End Religion

      More secret Masonic, er, I mean Mormon rituals.

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO2EHksUoSY&w=640&h=390]

      November 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  20. Jenny Porter

    I hope pastmorm doesn't mind me reposting this comment, it rang SO true for me and so many members of my family and friends:

    So, the past few months, I've been really concerned about a mormon in the White House because of my background with the mormon church (7th generation...ancestor even mentioned in the D&C) and how horrible I know it to truly be.

    No more of CNN (which obviously supported Romnesia, the big hairy ape). No more fighting with a bunch of mormon propagandists. All that matters is that not only did creepy conservatrolls LOSE last night, but the mormon church lost the money it donated to stop gay marriage in Maryland and Maine. LOL! ON top of that, how many members are going to be questioning their religion now? After all that fasting and prayer, surely God would have seen the light and created a win for Romney, the chosen of the mormons and God himself. LOL! NOT!
    So, no more of these boards. And NO more of cnn. In 4 years mormonism will be a skeleton of what it was. All of the things that have come out about it's REAL temple beliefs and godhood, etc, will hit Americans and they will put it up there with the likes of David Koresh. Younger generations are already leaving the church (I've been able to help 7 out of 13 of my nieces and nephews see the light of freedom) and as technology takes over, even more will leave behind the dinosaur led by a bunch of smelly, old, pathetic men, that is the mormon church. BYE LOSERS!!!!!

    November 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • mike hunt

      if you were ever LDS, or at least paid half way attention in an LDS church, you would know that God does not interfear with man's free will.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • reallife47

      @ mike, well, god sure doesn't interfere with your bad spelling! However, thank you for proving how mentally challenged most mormon cultists are. THAT is why the mormon church has members.

      November 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • mike hunt

      @reallife47 If understanding the nature of God makes me mentally challenged, then so be it. Or perhaps as such the intellectual scholar on the subject of religion that you obviously are, please explain how my statement proves how Mormons are mentally challenged, particularly since I didn’t mention Mormons at all in my statement.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • I wonder

      mike hunt,

      Did your parents really name you that??? (oh my, I sure hope it's a pseudonym)

      November 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • mikehuntisdumb

      @ mikey huntless...so yeah, you did mention the lds (mormon church) in your post and if you can't remember that, then you're not only a typically dumb mormon, but you're illiterate as well. Mormons are mentally challenged because they are told not to read anything that is "of the world," they don't even have a museum of natural history...just mormon propaganda museums and mom and pop gun museums (yes ladies and gentlemen, besides romnesia, most mormons are white-trash, gun toting hicks.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • End Religion

      It's the same trick in every cult. Gotta keep those cultists in the dark and stupid, otherwise they'd leave.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
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