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Published: Sunday, June 17 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Jeremy Parker
Petersburg, Alaska

You forgot the fourth group of homeschoolers. They love and adore pure knowledge and the corresponding wisdom it brings. They know well that wisdom cannot be given freely without the corresponding knowledge, but that through obedience the profits of that wisdom can be utilized even to those who do not yet posses it (that is exactly why we have a representative republic and not a democracy). The homeschoolers desperately want others to accept these truths but are leery of casting pearls before those who will mock and trample them under foot. They see the writing on the wall and understand prophecy and know what lies ahead. Consequently they are excited in both a positive and negative way knowing that as darkness descends the light shines all the more brilliantly.


"Accepting and valuing each other throughout our society might be one of the greatest collective human goals.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that was one of the things accomplished by this year’s election?"

Like accepting and valuing gay marriage, aka equal rights? If that's what this election needs to accomplish, aka accepting and valuing each other, than only Obama and Ron Paul currently fit that bill.


"The Athlete" (The Follower)
"This athlete is like church members who value the church for its positive results - better health, longer life, lower divorce rates, etc."

There are also, sometimes, negative results. Can't blame anyone for pursuing something they deem as positive though. Whatever keeps you happy and grounded.

"The Student" (The Missionary)
"This is like church members who love the unique and enlightening doctrines of the church - from our surprising view of the hereafter to our belief in a premortal life - and look forward to the time when more people will discover and appreciate these doctrines as we do."

As stated in the article, more exposure can lead to increased criticism or increased acceptance. Fortunately there have been many changes throughout the years that help with mainstream acceptance.

"The Unpopular Kid" (The Misunderstood)
"This is like church members who feel persecuted and unfairly treated by media or by other churches and simply want to be accepted as a legitimate and valued part of the Judeo-Christian tradition and of the diverse religious mix in the country."

LDS is Christian. No doubt about it. Just a another testament, an American one.

West Valley City, UT

"Accepting and valuing each other throughout our society might be one of the greatest collective human goals."

As a parent, I read this a little differently than LValfre. I accept and greatly value each of my children. That said, I cannot say the same about some of their behaviors.

Disagreement alone does not equal nonacceptance or devaluing. Accepting and valuing does not mean that a person has to accept or embrace words, actions, or ideas that are against his or her values or beliefs. It simply means that each person agrees to respect the others' right to his or her feelings on the matter. Wisegeek

mclean, VA

It is interesting that Mormons are much more interested in a Mormon President than Protestants would be in a Protestant President, or Catholics in a Catholic one.....or even Jews in a Jewish one.
I think the Eyres have identified three separate groups that are keenly interested for three different reasons.
I would have called the third group "Bullied Kids." We do get bullied quite a bit as a church....by the media and by other churches. If you take most articles about the church and substitute "Jew" whenever "Mormon" is used, you have something so politically incorrect and bigoted that no one would say it!
Maybe we need a Mormon anti-defamation league! But most bullied kids get over it, and we will too.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

dr. bridell,

I disagree. First, Protestants would not be excited because nearly all of our presidents have been Protestants. Nothing new there.

As to Catholics, I was living in a very Catholic area when JFK was elected. His picture was everywhere, in nearly every business in town. Catholics (including my family) were thrilled to have a Catholic president.


I was in attendance the other evening with a group of LDS interested in getting the US leaders back to following the Constitution, non-LDS were invited they just didn't show up. I had a question about WHY in the world would Mitt Romney want to be POTUS at this time in the history of our country. It makes absolutely no sense as to why he wants to do this. Sure he may understand the economics of things better than O. I am afraid that he will be in way over his head and when the dollar collapses which it will in the next few months( years) he will be blamed and then we as a church will be blamed.

I am all for getting the socialist O out but Romney what do you really hope to get done. Too many things are on the table that you can't change so get wise and realize what you are doing.

Cardston, Alberta

Mitt has done this before (2008) so I have every confidence he is not going into this with blinders. His background makes him eminently more qualified than any candidate in a long time. But the bigger question is :if not Mitt, then who? No one out there comes to mind among the list of those with qualifications and experience. And given any you can name, we are right back with Mitt being the most qualified.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

Reasonable americans believe the best thing for the country is to be excited to elect a person who will put the country's best interests before anything else. For that reason I believe after the presidential election in Nov. Mr. Romney will not be elected to office of the POTUS.

Clearfield, UT

I am a devout and active Latter-day Saint. I am not exited at the idea of a Romney presidency, since he will be in the limelight and will be the example by which my Church is judged. I do NOT want my Church judged by Romney's example.

Cedar Hills, UT

@Furry1993 - Romney has demonstrated his unwavering loyalty and commitment to his wife, his children, his religion, his country, and his businesses. His work ethic and focus on problem solving is eclipsed by no one you could mention. Everything he touches turns to gold, and Democrats have to dishonestly distort his record to make it appear otherwise. There is no evidence whatsoever of proclivities toward promiscuity, addiction, cheating others, anger, or selfishness.

As a devout and active Latter-day Saint, I am very excited at the idea of a Romney presidency, especially since he will be in the limelight and will be the example by which my Church is judged. I believe honest people will look favorably upon our church if they look at Romney as an imperfect but striving member. I worry much more about the poor example set by sanctimonious members who tear down that which is good - including their own members - for political gain.

David in New Mexico
Rio Rancho, NM

As an active Mormon, I don't look forward to a Romney presidency.

Why? Because Romney is a polictian first and a Mormon second.

Like most politicians, Romney has already shown that politics trump principles. His political manuevering has already been a source of personal embarrassment to me. I've had to explain his position to my conservative non-Mormon friends on numerous occasions.

My fear is that his undisciplined brand of political Mormonism will do more to confuse than clarify when it comes to educating the public on what it truly means to be Mormon.

South Jordan, UT

If Mormons were more accepting of others, then others might be more accepting of them. I'm not suggesting that the LDS Church change any of their doctrines, but I am encouraging them to adopt a more 'live and let live' attitude toward those with whom they disagree. You and I may not see eye to eye on a bevy of religious and lifestyle values, but that doesn't mean we should try to use the law to force each other to live according to our beliefs.

Salt Lake City, UT

I must agree with the other posters Furry and David, while I don't know Mitt Romney as a person, I don't agree with his politics and I am an active LDS member. His policies of regressive taxation and anit-public education are very contrary to what I would want. I believe in the Constitutuion that there should be on religious test to hold office and we great enormous entanglements when we mix religion and politics. We drive many people away from the LDS church when we create the impression that it is a Republican only church. Believe it or not there are many good people that are Democrats, James E. Faust, for example.


Then there is the possibility that Mitt Romney is just another politician, and he just might make the church look bad, especially if there is a scandal within the White House.

Phoenix, AZ

his article's conclusion parallels tobacco advertisements that champion image over truth. The good news is that with increased public exposure and scrutiny and the assistance of the internet search more people are doing research and finding a path through the smoke and mirrors of the image makers and gaining access to the truth.

Cedar Hills, UT

@jotab - your post is so full of fallacies it would be difficult to counter them all in one comment. If I have a choice between pro-public education and pro-high quality education, I'll take the high quality education every time. That's what Romney wants as well, but if being in about 20th place worldwide in math and science is good enough for you, the public education you love so much is obviously serving you well.

Who has even suggested that Romney or any other candidate be prohibited from running, or be given any kind of legal preferential status, because of religion? Who has suggested that Romney intermingle his religion and governmental administration? It's Romney who has to remind everyone, over and over, that he's not running for Pastor-in-Chief. He didn't mix religion with his governance of Massachusetts, so please drop the dishonest red herring.

I've never heard of a single person being driven from our church because of an impression that we're a "Republican only church." Have you heard of Harry Reid? Should Romney switch parties, or sit out, to avoid offending your diversified political sensibilities?

Eureka, UT

It might be great for the church to have Mitt Romney as a candidate but I don't think it would be the same for the church if he were president. He would then represent to the world the church. I think there would be many members of the church that wouldn't like his policies and not want to be represented that way. I think it would also call into question some of the practices of the church they just don't talk about in public and it would make it hard for the church to communicate. I'm not talking about issues like polygamy or the church's position on blacks but about their general administrative policies or fiscal policies which are done in secret without any public input that members just accept on faith. Most people who aren't LDS won't do that. Why because most churches aren't that secretive.

Here, UT

Mormons see Mitt as saving the Constitution. I see him as holding the scissors, preparing to cut the last thread.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Ultimate allegiance is to who –
Would he represent his Church, or his Country when it all came to a defining moment?

Hint; Senator Harry Reid [also LDS} is on record for voting numerous times against his Party’s recommendations….and he’s the Speaker of the Senate.

I don’t see Mitt’s integrity that well honed, or defined.

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