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Published: Thursday, May 12 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Some folks are suggesting or saying that Huntsman is ashamed of his LDS Faith. I don't see a problem with his answer, "tough to define"; it's probably the case he just doesn't consider himself a committed member of the LDS Church. He probably has some very serious doubts, as I think he should. Religion is divisive. Let's forget about religious beliefs and know people by their fruits and their kindness. If people in your religion leaves, don't attack them for it or look down on them. It's highly likely they have worked out a very good way to live apart from any particular religion.

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

It's either "you're in or you're out" when it comes to the LDS faith. Well, what is it, Jon boy? Just answer the questions. Dare to be forthright.

California Steve
Hanford, CA

It was Reed Smoot, when offered the nomination for president a hundrend years ago if he would renounce his religion, who said: I would rather be a Deacon in my church than be President of the United States.

Think about it Jon.

Draper, Utah

I am with "Livestrong", Maybe he is being totally honest. I come from a long line of LDS faithful. Jon's father at one time came out and blasted the church for being in competion with LDS business owners...ie..retail, farming, etc.
Maybe Jon is alot like myself, always a believer until I did my homework. Found so many inconsistancies, that I no longer believe in the claims being the only one and true church.

The Jesus I know, wouldn't build a mult-billion dollar elitest shopping and high rise condo project. He would concentrate on the homeless, hungry and downtrodden in the valley of the great Salt Lake and beyond. Yes, they do humanitarian projects, but two billion dollars ???? That money originally came from faithful tithe payers !!!!!!!!

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

It sounds like he doesn't want to offend devout LDS members (including his parents) but that he isn't devout himself. I think many of us would appreciate him stating such. I am sick of politicians who are always vague. Tell us where you stand--on issues and in your personal life. (Maybe that's why Trump's approach is a bit refreshing. Say it like it is for once.)

Personally I cannot vote for JH Jr. since I never cared for him as governor. I think he is a RINO.

Redlands, CA

The "you're with us or you're against us" culture of the LDS faith creates this to be specific to what seems like this faith only. I believe this is what causes the media to drill down on people such as Mr. Huntsman. Most people still think that President Reagan was a religous person yet he attended church something like one time during his eight years as president and that was probably a photo-op.

South Jordan, UT

Well said MormonDem. I don't agree that Huntsman should be backed into a corner regarding his religion. I applaud his response and relate very well to his stance. Many of us former missionaries have moved on in our lives, from blind faith to educated and informed passive lds church members. Nothing wrong with that in my mind.

Lux et Veritas
Draper, UT

I believe Huntsman is simply being honest.

Many Mormons, while not active in the faith, still hold on to cultural practices associated with Mormonism.

For example, I grew up in the LDS Church but am not active in it now. While I don't desire organized religion in my life, I still recognize the positive social lessons and cultural associations I gleaned from my Mormon upbringing.

Am i not culturally Mormon in that sense? It's difficult to define.

South Jordan, UT

MormonDem | 11:19 a.m. May 12, 2011
Provo, UT

Why would you care about policy positions over personal issues if NO president actually sticks to their campaign promises? I guess at least you know exactly what he's not going to do but even still it would be nice to know what kind of integrity he's going to bring to whatever he does.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Many people feel this way including me. I do not define myself as LDS anymore because, as you can see by most of the comments on this board, too many people insist that you are either completely in or completely out of the Church. OK, have it your way, I'm completely out. Nonetheless I'm proud of my ancient heritage and believe most of today's Church leaders are wise and caring people who preach ethical values that are useful to both believers and non-believers. No I don't smoke, drink, or sleep around. I would be the perfect Mormon but I don't believe in the Supernatural and I don't think religious leaders should be above question. I'm not going to give money to ban Gay Marriage just because you say so. I suspect I'm not alone.

Cedar City, UT

I like how of all the interesting things that were said about him in that article, Deseret News picks this to write about. Seriously? This is what is wrong with our state.

Salt Lake City, UT

I hope he is a Catholic now.. I would vote for him.

Pete in Texas
Copperas Cove, TX

Well, I think it's become PAINFULLY obvious to me that the reason Mr. Huntsman is downplaying his tie with the church is because he thinks it'll help his campaign. It'll be interesting to see what really happens when they pin him down on his religion. Personally, I'm not sure why everyone has to know which church he belongs to. But in the end, if the press won't relent on the questions about his religious ties with the Mormon church, we'll see how steadfast he is with his answers.

Thanks for your comment California Steve. That puts things into perspective.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

The constitution is clear that you don't need a trial of your faith to run for office. So Huntsman can state what his beliefs are, or tell us that is a private issue and then focus on the politics.

Provo, Ut

This puts Hunstman in an even more difficult position than Romney. All the publicity around Romney was "Does America want a Mormon President", whereas Huntsman runs the risk of having the media exploit his crisis of faith in lieu of covering his political agenda. Ouch!

Still, he has politely indicated that he is in a crisis of faith, but would rather not discuss it with the public. While a candidates faith does matter in my opinion (only that the public ought to have the right to know), I think Huntsman has satisfied that obligation. It should be clear to the public the Mormonism will not have a tremendous influence on his policies or behavior, were he to become President.

Salt Lake City, UT

These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.

Doctrine and Covenants 76:79

I hope he does define what it means to him.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Frankly, it is difficult to define the Mormon Church at all these days.
I used to understand our teachings on the law of the land. Now, I am not sure what to believe.

Pete in Texas
Copperas Cove, TX

LOL @ Uteman! "From BLIND faith to educated and informed passive LDS church members" kind of caught my eye. I wonder how Brother Brigham would respond to that? I'm pretty sure what J. Golden Kimball would've said...... spoken like a TRUE UTE-man. =)

We the People
Sandy, UT


Your honesty is what Huntsman lacks.

I believe that a person is or is not a member of his faith. You may still hold on to certain beliefs and practices that shaped you, but you either are or are not a member of a faith. Simple.

Bountiful, UT

The two major political parties want to expand their tents and invite in folks of every stripe. Maybe that is why so many are ready for a third party. Some of us are hungry for a party united on principles. I do not wish to join a political alliance made up of the left and the right, the moral and the immoral, the patriot and the traitor. I will not support a candidate who cannot bring clarity to his identity.

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