Mitt Romney rarely uses the word Mormon. Instead, he talks about "my faith" or uses similar phrases to describe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
But in his acceptance speech delivered at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, the Republican nominee for president used the word outright. And in the process, he also directly addressed the question of whether some Americans — those unfamiliar with Mormonism — might find his faith unusual or unfamiliar.
"We were Mormons, and growing up in Michigan that might have seemed unusual or out of place," the candidate said. "But I really don't remember it that way. My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to."
— Sally Buzbee
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