Mormon in the White House

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July 30, 2012
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I have been asked to write about Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.

You should know, the LDS Church has a fairly firm political neutrality stance, you can see more about it in this video. And I think our website here does as well.

Yes, a member of the LDS church is running for president. This is seen as a boon for the Church as it has increased awareness of our beliefs and general existence. At times it seems that the media cannot leave Romney’s religion alone, as if it matters more than his policies or goals. Generally we welcome this attention, even though it too often seems that they are missing the mark. I like that mormonnewsroom.com, a church-run site for church news has started a series of blogs titled “Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right” where they highlight mainstream media attention that gets the story straight. It’s a great way to weed through the deluge and get the accurate details.

No, we do not, as members, have to vote for him, agree with him or support him. Though many may choose to do so. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and many others probably won’t.┬áThe Church does not endorse any political candidates. Nor will the Church organization exert any influence over the politics or policies of Romney.

Yes, Romney is a Mormon, a Christian, and a Politician.

No, this is not the first time that a Mormon has run for President. The Prophet Joseph Smith announced his candidacy for President in 1844 as an independent but was killed in July of that year.

If you do not like Romney, but you still like Mormons, that’s fine, maybe you will like Yeah Samake, the LDS candidate running for president of Mali.

 

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5 Responses to “Mormon in the White House”

  1. Glenn Thigpen

    My biggest concern is that a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will someday win the presidency of the United States. I believe that will only happen when such an one alters his or her path far enough away from the principles of the faith to become acceptable to mainstream American immorality.

    Glenn

  2. Kassie

    Glenn- What is it that makes you concerned? I am interested in your viewpoint. Perhaps I misunderstood your point. Are you saying that an LDS president can not serve both the Church and the country? Kassie

  3. Glenn Thigpen

    Kassie, I just do not think that the the majority of people in the United States are ready to vote for a member of the Church that hews pretty closely to the morals and ethics that part and parcel of the LDS faith. The country as a whole is more comfortable with people with ambiguous morals.

    Glenn

  4. Kassie

    Well I totally agree with you there! It is so sad that our society has become so ambiguous in terms of morality that we wouldn’t elect a president who espouses the traditional American values our founding fathers started this country with. What a sad statement on our country…..

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