There was an interesting NY Times article today about Mitt Romney running for president, and the fact that his campaign is making many Mormons more than a little uncomfortable.
LOGAN, Utah — In this wide valley where the twin spires of the Mormon temple dominate the landscape and some neighborhoods have a Mormon chapel every few blocks, Mitt Romney’s bid for president is both a proud sign of progress and a cause of trepidation.
Trepidation? Why, you might ask. Because the scrutiny the Church has faced the past few years has become even more intense with Romney’s candidacy. The reason for this, I believe, is that Romney actually stands a chance, although I personally do not see him getting elected, or even getting his party’s nomination. For years, Mormons were under the radar, so to speak. That is not the truth anymore. And many of the tenets of Mormonism have a hard time bearing UP under scrutiny. Of all these, perhaps the sorest spot has been polygamy.
Mr. Romney has been questioned about the Mormon definition of God, polygamy, the location of Jesus’s arrival when he returns to earth, and even a mysterious saying attributed to Joseph Smith Jr. called the “White Horse Prophecy,” which some interpret as a prediction that when the American Constitution is hanging “by a thread,” a Mormon will rescue the nation.
Mr. Romney’s tendency to gloss over Mormonism’s history and distinctive tenets has upset some fellow Mormons. Some said they cringed when Mr. Romney said on “60 Minutes,” “I can’t imagine anything more awful than polygamy.”
See, this is a HUGE problem for Romney, because the Mormon Church still BELIEVES in polygamy. They believe it WILL be lived and practiced in the Celestial Kingdom, and of course, that it could be reinstated back here on earth.
How can Romney say he will not distance himself from his religion, as he claimed in the latest debate, and yet make that statement ABOUT polygamy? That isn’t what his church believes.
Another big issue?
Another case arose when George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked Mr. Romney about a Mormon teaching that Jesus will come to the United States when he returns to reign on earth. Mr. Romney responded that the Messiah will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, “the same as the other Christian tradition.”
Mr. Grover said some of his radio listeners were astounded.
“They were just in disbelief, saying that’s not true, Jesus is coming back to Missouri,” Mr. Grover said. “It’s the L.D.S. Church’s 10th article of faith that Zion will be built upon the American continent.”
Again, Mitt, how can you say you are not distancing yourself from your religion when you are NOT espousing the true Mormon beliefs?
All interesting factors, to me. It is obvious that Mitt is attempting to put a better spin on the less savory aspects of Mormonism, and in the process is totally changing Mormon history and beliefs.
I guess the truth is, Mitt is nothing more than another politician. He will bend, twist, and spin the truth to get himself elected.