Lying for the Lord–Will Mitt Romney Do It?

This is the most important question that must be asked of Mitt Romney. When the phone rings, and on one line he has the vice president, and on the other line he has Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson, which call does he take?

Is he prepared to lead our country, and take that on OVER the wishes of his church? We need to know.

In the above-noted video, which the Church tried to have repressed, an apostle instructs Mormon missionaries how to “lie for the Lord,” or “answer the question he should have asked.”

Lying for the Lord is a very common Mormon concept. They’ve been doing it for years.

“My duty as a member of the Council of the Twelve is to protect what is most unique about the LDS church, namely the authority of priesthood, testimony regarding the restoration of the gospel, and the divine mission of the Savior. Everything may be sacrificed in order to maintain the integrity of those essential facts. Thus, if Mormon Enigma reveals information that is detrimental to the reputation of Joseph Smith, then it is necessary to try to limit its influence and that of its authors.” — Apostle Dallin Oaks, footnote 28, Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon, Introduction p. xliii

And my favorite little quote from Boyd K. Packer:

“There is a temptation for the writer or the 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.” –Boyd K. Packer

Millet’s video says, “We will never provide meat when milk will do.” And the video gives the proof that this IS a tenet.

From the Mormon Wiki.

One Mormon blogger writes, “When I was a missionary, the church’s official Missionary Guide instructed missionaries to avoid providing direct answers or solutions to investigators’ questions or concerns.” On his mission, he “fell back on rhetorical tricks or even outright denials.” He writes on:

“I wonder if it might be fair to say that, while individual responses to such questions by particular missionaries are not instances of sophistry, the system which puts missionaries in the line of rhetorical fire without providing them with the information necessary to craft meaningful answers to legitimate questions about the church is a form of collective sophistry?” [5]

Mitt Romney has served a Mormon mission. And so the question must be asked. Mitt Romney, where do you stand? What comes first? Church or country? And are you lying if we ask you which comes first and you say “The Country?” Are you “Lying for the Lord” there? What a conundrum.

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Natalie R. Collins is an author and editor with more than 30 years writing experience. She has published books with St. Martin's Press, Penguin Putnam, Thompson Gale, and Binary Press Publications. She lives with her family in Utah, where she delights in writing about the unique and fascinating Mormon culture.
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2 Responses to Lying for the Lord–Will Mitt Romney Do It?

  1. Elaine says:

    Well, Mitt has already been caught deferring to church authority. He was asked if he believes that “America is the new ‘Promised Land'”, in a radio interview back in March in Alabama. The interviewer asked for a yes or no answer. Instead of answering yes or no, according to a CNN report at the time, Mitt’s answer was, “You’re gonna have to go to the church and ask what they think about that.” The CNN report said that he went on to say that the Bile says that Israel is the Promised Land which, of course, the Bible believing Christians in the south wanted to hear. But first he deferred to the church, and then gave what I consder to be a non-answer answer.

    As I wrote when I blogged about this, the interviewer wasn’t asing Mitt what the church thinks. He was asking what Mitt thinks. Which Mitt was apparently not anxious to share. I believe that this does not bode well for the country if the unthinkable happens and he wins the general election in November.

    Generally, I’m not that wild about the practice of asking political leaders and wanna-be leaders about their religious beliefs. However, when the leader shows a pattern of deferring to his church authorities on religious issues rather than frankly saying what he thinks, no matter what the denomination or religion, I think it’s time to start asking questions and to start worrying about whether or not he will defer to his church leaders concerning non-religious issues, as well.

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