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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. JG

    The BREWERY AND THE MEDICINAL POT will have to be shipped to CHAcago.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • pockets

      The thought of having a Moron in the White House is absolutely frightening. I keep thinking of Warren Jeffs.....eeewwwwwwww

      November 3, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  2. Rod

    Never knew Mormons lied as much as they do until I had the misfortune to hear Mitt Romney on more than Fifteen occasions blurting them out as if they were spiritual Hymns. Quackery and lying at its Worse.. What this man and his merry band of followers world like to do to these United States of America is Unthinkable

    November 3, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  3. Reality

    The citizens of Massachusetts survived and I am sure we will too.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  4. Jetman

    Why don't you post what a "Black White House Would Look Like"
    CNN you disgust me.!!!

    November 3, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Claire

      One is a race, the other a religion - not the same thing, FYI

      November 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • MCR

      One's race is a fact of birth, one's religion (particularly in the US) a choice. It is therefore representative of one's ethics, logic and decision making abilities, and so should be discussed like any other belief a person has.

      November 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Claire

      Jetman is asking what a Mormon WH would look like in comparison to a Black WH, and I'm saying he's comparing two incomparable things. What Jetman is getting at is that a Black WH would have fried chicken, Beyonce music, etc., all the racist stereotypes. Ha ha, so clever, Jetman! Never mind that Obama's mother was a white woman from Kansas. It was she who took him on an odyssey to Indonesia and an unconventional lifestyle. Obama CHOSE another life for himself; he came from the opposite of a privileged background. The comments I've read about him these last four years have been nothing short of disgusting.

      November 4, 2012 at 9:06 am |
  5. John

    Obama has already won, go to 538 Blog and thank yourself for saving America!

    November 3, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • B. Lammo Man

      Obama already won! Wow, I guess I won't bother voting then. If some vapid blogger said it on the interwebs, it must be true! Thanks pal, you saved me some time standing in line!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  6. arkmark

    One thing I can see is it the white house christmas tree won't be filled with ornaments decorated with communist icons

    November 3, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Armand

      No crosses either... But the Mormons should put a revolver on the spires of their Temples.

      Google Carthage Jail Joseph Smith Gun if you want to know about the violence of Mormons

      And the movie September Dawn on youtube with Jon Voight (a romney supporter)

      November 3, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Randy

      Just curious how Carthage Jail relates to Mormon Violence when Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered while awaiting trial by an angry, non-Mormon mob...

      November 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  7. Sigideba

    As an athiest, I just have to comment that this article is crazy and full of assumptions and extremes. I question the integrity of the author.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • ssc

      I do not understand why you believe it to be quakery . The article is fair and correct assumptions of an everyday Mormon life. Just because you do not believe in the faith and teachings and have not done your research does not make it incorrect or extreme.

      November 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  8. Bob

    Not very subtle media bias putting an article only tangentially related to the election on the front of the home page to remind everyone that Romney is a Mormon.

    I realize it is very hard for the media to be unbiased in this election as Obama does all of his negotiating via the press. A Romney presidency with collaboation around the conference table where it should be would provide much less drama for the press to cover but potentially progress for the country

    November 3, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • TheMagusNYC

      Really, it is quite interesting, in that the David Barton gang of hard core GOPers, believe ours to be a Christian Nation. It's no small matter to have a former bishop in the WH, and would do much for the worldwide outreach.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  9. John

    The basic tenet of the Mormon faith is LYING FOR THE LORD, a Mitt is a MASTER at this!

    November 3, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • JG

      HARRY REID IS HIS LEADER.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • LinSea

      It is so sad to see someone's mind twisted by bigotry and hatred, John. I feel very sorry for you.

      November 4, 2012 at 3:19 am |
  10. dd

    There wouldn't be any semen of the oval office carpet.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Armand

      Because both Mitt and Ann are frigid.

      Tagg should come out of the closet.. either that or go back to making babies the old fashioned icky way

      He has more test tube babies than Michael Jackson.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • pockets

      Are you sure of this? How would you know? Your just 'assuming now aren't you? Is it the scared 'bloomer's' that Willard wears to keep away from 'temptation'. Women must cringe when they hear about temptation. They must feel like broodmares.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • James

      Good mormon girls swallow

      November 3, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  11. Concerned in Cleveland.

    It will be a very Green white house. Lots of bicycles.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  12. B. Lammo Man

    Your readership is a little stupider for having read this article. Non-news. Quackery. Idiotic. More of CNN's smear campaign against the candidate who isn't a CNN customer. Typical.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • TheMagusNYC

      It's no more of a smear to note the impact of one's strong faith traditions than to note one happens not to favor the opposite gender.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • B. Lammo Man

      "It's no more of a smear to note the impact of one's strong faith traditions"? To note the impact, it would have to happen, to predict the impact is fortune telling bigotry. And I haven't a clue to your meaning of "one happens not to favor the opposite gender" statement.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  13. lin

    "....since faithful Mormons don't do alchohol?"

    Who 'does' alcohol? I only know people that drink it.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  14. DFBowman

    Propaganda at its best. All dressed up to look pretty. Notice she had to squeeze the women take care of the children crap in there. Ravitz you are a pure BIGOT.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • LRT

      Where do you get that? I know a few Mormons who told me they were wondering the same thing. It's not bigoted to ask these questions. ???

      November 3, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • TheMagusNYC

      The only shameful thing about reference to one's faith traditions, is the equivocation of Christian terminology, which only serves to confuse potential converts.

      November 3, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  15. Mike500

    A Mormon White House would be far better than the Muslim one we have now.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Isaac

      You really this stupid or just pretending?

      November 3, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Isaac: Anyone who makes such a statement like the one Mike made is truly stupid.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Concerned in Cleveland.

      Islam is the enemy of Freedom and all Womankind, therefore, so is Obama.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Concerned: OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM!!!! HOW MANY FUCKING TIMES DOES THAT NEED STATED BEFORE YOU DUMB ASSES FINALLY CLUE IN???

      November 3, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • GM1953

      I don't think Obama is muslim, although his sympathies sure are with muslims. I don't believe he's anything. Just a fraud. Posing as a christian to win elections

      November 3, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Tim Benson

      Muslim could never support gay marriage.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Claire

      Truth, what's going on here is people making up their own facts, then strongly believing them. They want to believe Obama is a Muslim, therefore he must be. You can't fight this. You just have to hope enough Americans are seeing reality as it is, not as they want it to be.

      November 4, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  16. Armand

    Romney would fire everyone and replace them with a Mormon starting with Bernanke. In Utah *every* political office is helf by a Mormon and every management position in government employment is held by a Mormon.

    Google Conservatives Wonder Why Romney Picked Obamacare-Loving Mike Leavitt To Lead Transition Team

    November 3, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • B. Lammo Man

      When you put "Google" in front of something it means you are just making it up, like "Google Conservatives", meaning "I don't know any conservatives, don't talk to them, so let me google "conservative" so I can spell it correctly.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  17. Dan

    This is a last ditch effort to try and scare people to not vote for Romney, in my mind it just proves how worthless CNN really is.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Armand

      How does Mitt Romney get away with laundering billions of unreported income in the Caymans through a bank owned by his church?

      November 3, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • B. Lammo Man

      Armand, don't play with your food. Time for your meds now, then nappy time. Later you can watch cartoons.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  18. Rocket

    Hopefully a Mormon president will be better than the Muslim president we have now

    November 3, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Armand

      How many polygamist uncles married to 13 year old girls does Mitt have down in Mexico, just like Warren Jeffs.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Isaac

      Deerrp muslim president deerppp!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Rocket: You're just another idiot...Obama is no more a Muslim than Billy Graham is.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • RW

      HAHA Rocket....people are STILL talking about that, all these years later?!?! WOW....why the need to hang onto that silly notion?

      November 3, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • GM1953

      Armond, are you forgetting Obama's father was a polygamist?

      November 3, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  19. chuckterzella

    As I understand it (and it's a pretty hard religion to figure out, I'll grant you), that Mormons, from the Stakes on up through the First Quorum of the Seventy, the Quorum of the Twelve and the First Presidency...geez, it really is confusing...are taught to obey. An elder obeys a bishop, the bishop obeys the Stake president and so on up the religious 'chain of command', as it were. The point is, growing up in this kind of structure, I don't think, for all his experience in the 'real world', Mitt Romney has any basic understanding of people either questioning or disagreeing with authority.

    Boyd Packer (an LDS Apostle) said in his 1981 speech "The Mantle Is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect,” said this: “There is a temptation for the writer or teacher of church history to want to tell everything, whether it is worthy or faith-promoting or not. Some things that are true are not very useful.”

    And this is I think the reason Mitt Romney feels so comfortable saying anything, even if it's patently false, to get elected. He's just not used to working in a society where the leadership is questioned. If he feels his becoming president is somehow 'pre-destined' (and he does act that way sometimes) then lying to achieve that goal is completely and utterly acceptable for the greater good. Pointing out the lie is not "faith-promoting". While this may be fine for Mormons in the theological sense (although it scares the *blank* outta me), it does not serve the country as whole well at all.

    There are many demonstrable instances where the LDS church has done a complete about-face in it's teachings; abandoning polygamy in order to gain statehood and avoid the threat of the US government’s seizure of Mormon lands in the late 19th century and finally allowing Blacks into the church in the latter part of the 20th are two that come immediately to mind. These changes were, according to the church, not just pragmatic reactions to real world demands but 'divinely inspired revelations'...

    Or, to put it more bluntly as Yale Professor and LDS member Harold Bloom did in his 1992 piece “The American Religion”: …the Mormons, if they are at all faithful to the most crucial teachings of Joseph Smith or Brigham Young, no more believe in American democracy than they do in historical Christianity or in Western monogamy.”

    So, are Mitt Romney’s multiple ’policy morphs’ simply those of a politician ready to do and say anything to get elected or are they a more troubling and ingrained personality trait that is the result of his theological indoctrination? And if it’s the latter, given such a strong belief in the teachings of his church, should he win on Tuesday, who will actually be deciding the policies of his Administration?

    To quote the LDS Prophet Ezra Taft Benson, “Those who would take prophets out of politics would take God out of government.”

    November 3, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • Armand

      Google Lying for the Lord on youtube it shows Mormons being instructed to lie.

      November 3, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • remnant

      I'm sick thinking about a mormon bishop probably in line to be the living prophet someday .. BECOMING PRESIDENT ..Disobeying his god in utah .. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN ...People in America are so lame when it comes to understanding this religion of gods gods and more gods ..Alll Mormon men are in line to be gods ..Joseph smith is above Jesus in their lexicon of beliefs ...which Doctor Walter Martin called a "maze of mormonism" ..it is a cult in a cult ..wake up ..

      November 3, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  20. scoobydoo

    dark and secretive, like the mormon church.

    November 3, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • LinSea

      The church is "dark and secretive," huh? Then why are tens of thousands of missionaries sent all over the world? Talks and sermons given by the church leadership are posted on the church's website, free for anyone to read, listen to, or watch; the Book of Mormon and all of our scriptures and the magazines the church publishes are also available for free on the church website. Today is Sunday. There are thousands of Mormon chapels throughout North and South America and all over the world. You can go to the church website or your local phone directory to find a chapel near you. You are most certainly invited to walk into one of those chapels and attend Sunday services; there will be a sign right by the front door that says, "Visitors Welcome."

      November 4, 2012 at 3:32 am |
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