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

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

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- CNN Writer/Producer

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

soundoff (2,123 Responses)
  1. Flip

    They will have plenty of time to go hungry if Romney gets elected.

    October 1, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  2. nojinx

    While you are all praying and fasting, the rest of us will go on thinking and working. Have a great day!

    October 1, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  3. El Jefe

    "I'm not going to chew on someone's backside...", she said. Yeah...I didn't think Mormons were into that sort of thing.

    October 1, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  4. TomPaine

    So making yourself hungry and asking for something a lot of times is all it takes to manipulate the great power of the universe into seeing things your way? Who knew!?

    October 1, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  5. RBSG

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

    Which is why god blesses Americans with flat-screen TV's in every room while Africans die of starvation. Because his hand is in whatever happens.

    Will she still think god loves this country if Obama wins? I doubt it.

    September 30, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • Joe

      No, His hand isn't in whatever happens. If Obama wins, and the economy crashes, and even more poeple are in poverty here, even fewer people will be able to donate to those starving people in Africa.. That would NOT be God's hand....: ) And I don't hink she is praying that Mitt will win, only that he will be seen as he is by the honest hearted. If you still want Obama, you can have him, and future generations will suffer, but you'll be able to have your agenda, that's all that matters, right?

      October 1, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • sam stone

      Oooh....the agenda....how insightful.

      October 1, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Jesus Christ

      Joe, you've got to stop hitting your head on that wall buddy...you talk in "propaganda-speak" and by now you've got to realize that people are just tired of your type of banter. Republicans are so 100 years ago...it's time for people like Romney and yourself to move to the Middle East where you can control other people with your beliefs and take away all sense of freedom. Oddly enough, here in America, we get to choose and aren't you going to be crying in Sacrament meeting when your silly Romney with the Ape-like arms (I mean look at the picture! Try a little Nair....) loses and disappears into the annuals of nothingness?

      October 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Russell's Teapot

      Agenda huh? You mean like the present agenda of the GOP, with their pledge to make certain Obama is a one term president? Well gotta hand it to them, they have been doing a fine job of fouling things up and bringing congress to a standstill...

      October 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  6. Angel Moroni

    Mitty is my MAN. I DOn't need any of your damm prayer for him. How dare you doubting my power in propping up Mitty ?

    September 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  7. Bri


    September 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    September 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • AvdBerg

      HELP ME PLEASE , Pray for me Atheism is Health for Living things!!!

      September 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • RBSG

      Prayer can't change a diaper.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:24 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!

      October 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  9. E B

    I am a Mormon. This is a funny article to post because it isn't like the LDS Church itself is behind the movement (which would be a big problem given their political neutrality). As far are judging Romney goes, his 47% remark is taken out of context by the media, and thus other Mormons. Mother Jones admitted they left out a couple minutes of tape from right after the 47 part, and Romney called on them to release the whole thing but obviously that never happened. Nor has the media reported those more recent development. For the full context you must turn to conservative media. The media doesn't report lots of things. How many anti-Obama headlines have you seen compared with anti-Romney ones? It doesn't say as much about the two men as it does about the bias of those who write about them. And why is the media portrayal of Romney so different than those of close personal accounts of Romney which all agree that he is caring, kind, friendly, helpful, compassionate, humble, honest, thrifty, and funny? Bias again. Why didn't the media report that Al-Qaida was behind the Libya attacks for over a week when the information was available (and reported in conservative media) in 24 hours? Bias.
    Read both sides for balanced coverage because it doesn't exist in one place and both sides leave stuff out. How can you make an informed opinion on any topic if you rely on only one point of view? You can't. Thanks for listening.

    September 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Politically neutral?

      I don't know of any Morman that is politically neutral. Infact I find them just the opposite, they really like politics. I'm not sure if you really know what being politically neutral really entails.

      September 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • buddyruski

      Okay let's visit all the things wrong with this statement shall we:

      "his 47% remark is taken out of context by the media"
      See, in fact, they played almost 2 straight minutes of the video and NO one in Romney's camp or the media has denied that he said it verbatim. "You didn't build that" sound familiar? THAT was taken out of context AND used as the center of the entire RNC.

      "For the full context you must turn to conservative media."
      That statement in itself is a oxymoronic. How can you go to a right-leaning media outlet for unbiased information? ESPECIALLY Fox News who has been repeatedly called out for being hypocritical and misguiding.

      "And why is the media portrayal of Romney so different than those of close personal accounts of Romney which all agree that he is caring, kind, friendly, helpful, compassionate, humble, honest, thrifty, and funny? Bias again."
      Again, you fail to realize that yes he may be those things, but only to people he deems worthy i.e. his fellow believers, millionaires, and right-wingers. The 47% percent comment shed some light on how he really feels and now everyone is trying to back track.

      Why didn't the media report that Al-Qaeda was behind the Libya attacks for over a week when the information was available (and reported in conservative media) in 24 hours? Bias.
      While you may have a point here and I agree the information should have come out sooner to the masses, most right-wing networks would have, as they have proven they will, continued to bash the Muslim community and the Islamic faith, furthering the anti-Islam propaganda that is already rampant in this country.

      "Read both sides for balanced coverage because it doesn't exist in one place and both sides leave stuff out. How can you make an informed opinion on any topic if you rely on only one point of view? You can't. Thanks for listening."
      You just said earlier that people should go to conservative media, but now you're saying you can't only go to conservative media. So where do you propose people go?

      Try making a stable argument for your case next time. It will hold more weight.

      Thank you for listening.

      September 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Brenda

      E B, I am a Mormon, too. But that isn't the point.
      I wanted to correct you: "Why didn't the media report that Al-Qaeda was behind the Libya attacks for over a week when the information was available (and reported in conservative media) in 24 hours? Bias."
      FALSE. If you had actually listened to other news sources besides FOX, you would have known NPR reported it FIRST while FOX was still blaming it over outrage on the anti-Muslim video. NPR stated it was BELIEVED to be related to Al-Qaeda, but it was not yet confirmed. Many other news stations likely held off until it was more or less confirmed. In either case, you can't make a blanket statement of the media like that without coming across bias yourself.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • davidlsadler

      "Romney called on them to release the whole thing but obviously that never happened"
      Apparently you've not been paying attention. The full tape has been released and nothing was taken 'out of context'.

      October 1, 2012 at 5:18 am |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      Sorry to break ti to you EB – but if you but look online you can find the full 47% speech. And Mother Jones did release it, along with a full transcript. But you just sounded off about it without checking, right? Sorry. "You didn't look for it/you did not know' is willful ignorance on your part.

      There's more to it, yes, and some of it worse (his view about the Palestinians and the middle east)

      October 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  10. sally

    Stuff it Howard. You're just shakin' in your boots 'cause the Rummy pirate ship is going down FAST!

    September 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Andrew

      I will be praying too... But not for a person or a religion that worships money ! Jesus taught me that !

      September 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • saywhat?

      Andrew... Are you aware that there is no paid leadership in the LDS Church? It is all a sacrifice of time.

      September 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Brenda

      Of course, saywhat? forgot to add that Seminary Teachers ARE paid.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • andy

      Brenda, Seminary teachers aren't church LEADERS. They have nothing to do with regular church meetings and are in a completely separate category than Ecclesiastical leaders.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Dick Izinya

    I would encourage ALL religious people to fast for, oh, 2 months ought to do it! 😀

    September 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Howard

      If Obama gets a second term ... ALL Americans will be fasting for 4 years ... while Obama and his cronies wash down steak and lobster with $400 bottles of wine ... followed by dessert from the Obama's personal, full time pastry chef ... and, all paid for by us hard working tax payers !!!

      September 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Patrick in Wisconsin

      Howard, go back to kindergarten.

      September 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • El Jefe

      Patrick – because of your reply to Howard's ridiciulous drivel, I will pledge to rip on Packer fans 50% less for the next two weeks (unless you're a displaced Bears fan, in which case, nevermind) : )

      October 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  12. Gary in Tampa

    Mormins are cultists. Period.

    September 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • verkleiden

      as are liberals

      September 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • all better now

      as are Glenn Beck loving tea publicans

      There you go verkleiden. I fixed your typo.

      September 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Howard


      September 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • TomPaine

      Cults usually only last through one generation; Mormonism lost its old cult status long ago–get with the 21st century.

      October 1, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • End Religion

      There is very little distinction between cult and religion. Generally, a cult worships a person as a god, whereas a religion worships a supernatural god. However it is then argued from one belief to another why one's brand of belief is not a cult. As it is used today, generally, 'cult' is used to disparage while 'religion' is applied out of consideration. But it is all the same fraud.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  13. blizzard

    This is news!?! No wonder ratings keep dropping at the network. This started from an email.Hundreds of good, bad, silly, dumb emails get sent every second. Pathetic! You can make a news story out of anything and try to make something big out of it

    September 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  14. Reality

    Only for new members of this blog:–>>


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As do M. Romney and H. Reid)

    "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney and H. Reid also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does Obama and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan and their families )

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    Some added references to "tink-erbells".


    "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

    Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

    "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

    And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

    "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

    "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

    "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

    For added information see the review at:


    September 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • ....


      September 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Reality

      Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Mormonism:

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      Added details available upon written request.

      A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

      e.g. Taoism

      "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

      Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

      September 30, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • LinSea

      Has anyone ever informed you that computers can do more than cut and paste the same message over and over and over.....? You hate religion. Everyone gets it.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Reality

      Only for the new members of this blog:

      As a good student, you have read the reiterations of the "fems" (flaws, errors, muck and stench of religion. Therefore the seeds have been planted in rich soil. Go therefore and preach the truth to all nations, reiterating as you go amongst the lost, bred, born and brainwashed souls of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as Rational Thinking makes its triumphant return all because of you!!!!

      October 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  15. Voxhumana

    Another huge organized religion trying to force their ways on an unsuspecting public. Get your religion out of my government.

    September 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Brenda

      Would it be wrong to say "amen" to your comment? lol

      September 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  16. Bunk Moreland

    How would someone from Price, UT know anything about the state of the country? If things are crappy in Price, why not blame Governor Herbert?

    September 30, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Brenda

      Bunk... have you ever BEEN to Price? LOL It's ALWAYS BAD.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  17. pbernasc

    Yeah, UFO God from the far away planet will use his brain waves to skew the debate in Romney 's favor, because without that, Romney won't make it ever. SO who is "skewing the poll results" now .. The Kenyan God of Liberal Media bias?

    Religious people of any kind or all stupid

    September 30, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • verkleiden

      You sir ARE a dope!

      September 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • all better now

      Actually it's Scientology that believes the alien spiel. Mormons believe a man "transcribed" golden tablets he found in upstate new york written in an ancient language with his face in a hat while someone else wrote down what he said, and that's how the Book of Mormon was written. Oh, and no one other then this man who founded the church ever saw these tablets.

      September 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Bri


      September 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • LinSea

      @all better now, your statement is very incorrect. There are affidavits of eleven others who both saw and handled the plates.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • End Religion

      @LinSea: don't forget the rest... many of the eleven were later ex-communicated. A couple died before that, but some recanted. An ex mormon leader claims he was told by one "witness" that they were "persuaded" to sign against their better judgement. If you can't see through the scam of Mormonism its only because you don't want to. It is clear to see.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  18. Trumper101

    For the truth on LDS...visit mormonthink.com

    September 30, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • Reality

      Mormonism will slowly fade from society as will contemporary Christianity and Islam because of the obvious problems with the founders of these religions especially their angelic/satanic hallucinations and related prophecies. "Pretty and ugly wingie thingies"/"horn-blowing thingies" simply do/did not exist.

      September 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  19. myway

    Luckily their are not enough US mormons to get Romney elected...

    September 30, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • verkleiden

      nor are there enough of those on the dole to get Obama elected

      September 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Patrick in Wisconsin

      Verk, look at swing state polls and electoral math. Mitt's screwed BIG TIME.

      September 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Brenda

      And not all Mormons plan on voting for him anyway.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  20. olvera_m

    How do they justify all of Romney's lies and flip flops? Is that a part of their faith too? or how about his investments in Chinese oil? And how he got rich off of ruining peoples lives, is that what being a "christian" means to them? Obama just does his job, and before he worked, helping his community, also Obama hasn't lied to America, cuz he doesn't have too. The lies about him come from crazy people but they have no proof to back it up, It's the gOp that slows economic recovery so why would people support them

    September 30, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Catherine

      I don't justify Romney's lies and flip flops. I think he is a complete hypocrite. His actions don't match up to his faith and he seems pretty clueless about the real world. I am LDS but i'm English and i honestly can't stand Mitt Romney and hope he loses, Obama is by far a better candidate. Many members of the Church want him as President because he is a Mormon, but just because he is a Mormon does not necessarily make him a good leader/candidate for president or lead a county. They should be voting for a person based on the politics and if you look at Romeny's politics they're shockingly bad.

      September 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • verkleiden

      in the exact same way they ignore Obamas lies and flip flops... oh thats right Obama is "evolving" WHAT A JOKE!

      September 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
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