When Mitt Romney rules the world from the exact replica of the Oval Office hidden inside the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Tidal Basin will turn into a giant baptismal font and the cry will go out: We are all Mormons now!
I think I got your attention.
To be clear this is not what Mormons talk about; not at all. Some overzealous denigrators of the Mormon faith would have you believe that Romney’s intentions are nefarious and theologically gratuitous – the Oval Office replica joke above is an actual and laughable accusation from these same authors.
Laying aside these humorous tangents, I thought you might be interested to know what Mormons actually talk about as Mitt Romney gears up to take on President Obama in the upcoming Presidential election.
“I can’t believe he’s going to be the nominee”
Many Mormons are still in a bit of a shock over the current turn of events. The nasty primary infighting turned many Republicans off and Mormon voters were no exception. Going into the primary season many Mormons still had a bad taste in their mouths over Governor Huckabee’s insertion of doctrinal differences into the political fray in 2007. We expected serious religious mudslinging from day one.
Thankfully, tensions between Mormonism and traditional Christendom remained mostly on the periphery and were never instigated by the opposing candidates themselves. Indeed, most of the attacks on the Mormon faith came (and continue to originate) from the Left.
As Mormons mill around for Sunday worship we mostly avoid discussion of Romney’s run for the Presidency. We discuss it one-on-one but never from the pulpit. The LDS Church is deeply sensitive to charges of bias and makes a point of staying politically neutral in regards to party and candidates. With rare exceptions (Proposition 8) the Church will not involve itself in political ballot issues.
Mormons do steer decidedly to the conservative side of things with 64% identifying themselves as Republican or Republican-leaning. Conservative principles of self-reliance, family values, and entrepreneurial thinking keep us squarely on the GOP side of things for the moment.