As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am intrigued when someone of my faith enters the public square at such a level -- as this brings much attention to what Mormons believe. When Mitt Romney ran for President in 2008, I will confess, that I did not get behind his campaign. This time however, I am willing to take a closer look at both the man and the politician.
Terrie Lynn Bittner, over at LDS Blogs, has this to say about Mitt Romney's Mormonism and how his religious background could potentially affect his politics:
"Much has been made of his religious background and many wonder what impact his religion might have on his term of office if he’s elected. In this article, we’ll look at his religious background and how his experiences as a Mormon (the nickname for people who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) might affect his political leadership. We’ll also examine whether or not his presidency would give power to the Mormons, as some have speculated. Since this is a religion blog, not a political one, this article is meant only to inform readers about the religious background of Mitt Romney."
You can read the entire article HERE.
Because Mitt Romney is a Mormon, of course I am intrigued. Contrary to public rumor, I don't believe the majority of members of the LDS faith are going to vote for Romney, or any other candidate, on the basis of religion, alone. But I do believe that how he lives his religion, coupled with his political views, will have a powerful influence on how many members feel about his candidacy -- and ultimately choose whether or not to get behind the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
As many of you are probably aware, Jon Huntsman is being scrutinized for his recent remarks about his Mormonism. For many members of the LDS Church, what he has said about it hasn't gone over too well. Or perhaps it's more of what he hasn't said about his faith that has some a bit concerned? Either way, both Romney and Huntsman are Mormons - and that alone causes me to want to learn more about both of them. Does this mean that I hold them to a higher standard than other candidates? Perhaps. Fair? Not sure.
When it comes right down to it, I will vote for the man or woman whom I believe will best serve our country, at this time -- with honor. I want to know that my President is a God fearing person, and will rely on prayer and inspiration to lead this country. If my 2012 candidate happens to be a Mormon -- cool.
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