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Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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A Scientist
Provo, UT

"Coming out of obscurity"?


Trying to establish their theocracy?

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Congrats to Romney for bringing positive press to the LDS Church. He's almost undone all the negative press we've gotten from Harry Reid.

MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Scientist,
I'm pretty sure if you are from Provo, you realize the church is already established. It's all over the world. People, however, are still ignorant to its doctrine. Due to recent events that is slowly changing. Ergo, "coming out of obscurity." I think it is funny when people make comments like this, thinking they have made such an astute observation, like they have realized something that no one else has yet. Of course the church tries to grow its members, it's a church. But you are mistaken if you think that Mitt is doing what he is doing for the church.

Salt Lake City, UT

Why, oh, why does Marriott (and the Deseret News!) continue to publicize his "holy undergarments" story? Doesn't he realize that it and others like it are the source of all the "magic underwear" headlines we have to endure? Even if that story is a sincere conclusion on his part, it's a private thing and not something to be tossed out to the wolfish press ... again!

Hayden, ID

A Scientist: Establishing a theocracy? No, but millions hope he can reestablish the constitution, individual freedoms and revitalize our economy. Our future and our grandchildren’s future depend on Romney winning this election. Go see 2016!

Mesa, AZ

Freedom of religion or freedom from religion is a key precept that founded our country. Latter-day Saints claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, letting them worship how, where, or what they may. It is un-American to be non-inclusive or intolerant.

Henderson, NV

A Scientist: The term “out of obscurity” was used by Jesus Christ in referring to the restoration of His church and in laying out instructions for His prophets in these latter days:

D&C 1: 30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness…”

Pretty sure He can use whatever phraseology He wishes!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Mitt is entitled to run his campaign however he (and maybe his donors) wish, but it certainly has not been his choice to "spotlight" his faith. In fact, his beliefs are really no one's business - if you believe the Constitution. If anyone has been the chief "spotlighters" of Mormonism this year, it has been those second-rate GOP opponents like Perry and Cain. Nevertheless, Mitt now becomes the Church's best-known face, surpassing Donny Osmund and Steve Young.

The Taxman
Los Angeles, CA

I for one am very vexed by the way Romney is conducting himself and his campaign. As a result of his dirty campaigning, willingness to stoop to any level necessary to be elected, and his campaign's total disregard for the truth, at least half the country holds this Mormon "leader" in very low regard. How good is that for our religion? I'll be glad when this is over so I can stop cringing.

Ontario, OR

I love that Harry Reid and Mitt Romney are two of many faces of Mormonism. The Church has affirmed and reaffirmed its political neutrality; it is a worldwide church, where people of all nations, kindreds, tongues, [and political philosophies] are welcome. Romney's candidacy has brought attention to the LDS faith, but it's a mistake to assume that all Mormons are aligned with his politics. He's a candidate who happens to be LDS, not the LDS Church's candidate.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Irrespective of whether or not you support Mitt (and good members can and do disagree politically) there is no doubt that the Romney candidacy has put the church in the national spotlight.

It is my personal belief that this will overall be good but that there will be some negatives as well. I fear that folks outside the church will not be able to distinguish between what Mitt puts forward as part of his platform and what the church teaches. The former may be "informed" by church doctrine but is unlikely to fully reflect it (not that a political candidate should fully reflect a religious institution).

I do not know Mitt personally. But I have friends who have known him. It appears he is a good man. I am pleased that a good member would take up a torch once borne by Joseph Smith.

Jennifer in San Diego

I'm not a social scientist by any means, but I don't think Romney is helping the Church. LDS people are known to be honest and frugal, two things Romney is not. He changes his opinions with the wind it seems. It looks like no matter what the issue is there is video evidence of him taking one side and then the other when it is politically expedient. He lives a lavish lifestyle that most people in America cannot even begin to imagine and pretends to be a regular ol' Joe. He hedges about his faith all the time. He uses vague terms like "my faith" and does not even really say LDS or Mormon, whereas Ryan is constantly saying, Catholic, Catholic, Catholic. All the Mormons I know (a whole handful) like Romney and hope he wins, but the non-Mormon Republicans I know don't like him at all. They think he is slippery and two-faced. They hate Obama more than they like Romney, so he'll still get their votes, but they are voting for whom they hate less, not whom they love more.

Chris from Rose Park

@Jennifer in San Diego

You're not completely right to say that non-Mormon Republicans are voting for Romney just because they hate Obama more. I know some non religious people in upstate New York that like Romney and will vote for him because of who he is and not just because they hate Obama more.

The Taxman
Los Angeles, CA

I couldn't agree with Jennifer in San Diego more. Plus, I think his dishonesty is embarrassing and hurts our church (and the image of Christians in general).

Hamilton, IL

@jennifer in San Diego
I'm just wondering how you know that Mitt is not frugal and honest. Are you now his judge? Maybe he has millions because he is frugal. His honesty is between him and his God. And since when is having money bad. Do you know how much he gives to charity? Do you know how he lives his life? Until you walk in his shoes, you have no right to judge him or anyone for that matter.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The claim that a stake president is "equivalent to a bishop" is not workable. To begin with, it only works if the type of bishop was described. If they mean Catholic bishops they are just wrong. The typical stake president presids over maybe 10 wards and branches in a stake with less than 5,000 members. The typical Catholic bishop presides over 100 congregations in a dioceses with over 100,000 Catholics. The Boston Archdiocese had 1.8 million Catholics in 2006, down from a high of 2.1 million in 2002. In 2010 the Archdiocese of Atlanta had 850,000 Catholics, the Diocese of Salt Lake City in 2010 had 250,000 Catholics, up from 120,000 in 2002. The diocese of Las Vegas has 544,000 Catholics. Thus, Catholic bishops preside over about 100 times the number of people as LDS stake presidents. There are Catholic parishes with over 10,000 members.

Ogden, UT

I am a devout, observant Latter-day Saint.

I do NOT want my church judged by a mendacious, manipulative politician like Mitt Romney. The proper role models are people who give of themselves without publicity or notice, like the unnamed and unidentified volunteers referenced in stories like the one in this newspaper entitled "Saratoga Springs makes a call for more volunteers Monday in flood-damaged neighborhood" and other similar stories across the world. These are the people who should be the "face" and the example of the LDS Church; not showboats like Mitt.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

It is funny how obvious it is to tell what party a person has long since espoused by the comments and accusations they make.

Provo, UT

Am I the only one who is bothered by the fact that it appears the testimony meeting Romney attended was turned into something like a rally for Romney? Whether you plan to vote for Romney or not, that was inappropriate. It appears that Bill Marriott got that ball rolling. Apparently he forgot what testimony meeting is for.

Jennifer in San Diego

Cris, I don't mean that rich does not equal frugal. My family is not super rich like the Romney family but we make more than I would say 99.9% of this country. So please do not think that I believe wealth is bad. I'm pretty fond of it. I'll even take back the frugal statement if it makes you happy. He may be frugal in his own Richie Rich way.

But how do I know Romney is not honest? Well, if someone tells me he's a vegetarian and I catch him at McDonalds eating a hamburger, it's not judgmental to call him a liar; it's a fact. And I don't have to walk in his shoes to know he's a liar.

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