Non mormons, too, look forward to election day and beyond.
This article seemed to start out walking down the middle of the aisle and then
slide off to one side and stay there for the rest of the article. That is to
bad because there was a lot more of interest that could have been said from the
other side of the aisle, it was a bit unbalanced.
It's sad to see that so many uninformed Americans are swayed so easily and
taken by a candidate's race, gender and religion and so little
consideration is given to a candidate's knowledge of and adherence to the
Constitution. I call these people the "high school constituency";
totally oblivious to qualification and totally motivated by popularity. These
are bad voters and are more dangerous to freedom than the unqualified candidates
they vote for.
It appears that the primary enthusiasm for a Mormon president is to provide
additional appearances of normalcy to a much maligned religion and make it more
appealing to the American public. The hope is that people will look at Mitt
Romney and see him as "missionary in chief" in drawing more converts to
the LDS church. It certainly would be a public relations coup to achieve a
coveted position denied to Joseph Smith. Also, a Romney presidency would go a
long way at erasing the anti-American attitude of the early church when it moved
West to set itself up as a separate, theocratic state.
Romney does not represent what I want the world to know about Mormons. Build a
fortune on imposing debt and then killing the company, taking the money and
putting people on the street. Giving undue preferences to those who already
have. His god is money. By their works.... He is too secretive. I'm telling
you, he is the wolf in sheep's clothing. My religion is different than
this, or says it is.
I hope when this election is over our Gospel Doctrine and Priesthood classes
will become less of a "Pep Rally For Romney". When Romney
became a candidate, many were ecstatic over the good exposure Romney brings to
the Church. When I mentioned that Harry Reid holds the highest elected position
a Mormon has ever held, most of the class moaned and started trashing Harry
Reid.It is very difficult to be an active Mormon in Utah if one is
not a Right Wing Republican.
Even though I'm voting for Romney, I can't stand those who get up and
bare their testimony and tell us how important it is to vote for a righteous
leader. One women even said it is a difference between "right and
To me, perhaps more than any other election, this election is really about a
choice between living by correct moral and economic principles or not! Incorrect
moral or economic principles are always destructive and we can not escape the
consequences of our choices.
I just wish that Romney were a better representative for the Church. The
dishonesty he showed throughout the campaign for President does not well show
what Church members are supposed to be and how Church members are supposed to
act. I kept hoping that he's pull one more change, and become what he
should be. Sadly he didn't.
That's a nice picture of the President and First Lady.
â€śYou canâ€™t help but feel a little sense of pride and
acceptanceâ€ťThis is a very real and honest comment. As being
LDS myself, while not a Romney supporter, I get this feeling. Call coming out
from the shadows, or breaking the glass ceiling, it is a very real event in out
history as LDS to be "accepted" by main stream America.Which
is why I also find it amazing the deriding comments I hear about blacks and
minorties supporting Obama. From slavary, to hope after the civil war, to the
closing the door during reconstruction through Jim Crowe laws, to not being
allowed to serve in the same units in the military, and the assination of
MLK.... to have an multiration person being voted in by at least 50% of the
nation helped another portion of Americans "feel a little sense of pride and
acceptance".It hasn't been all a road of roses - for
either. But to have 47% say they accept either man for who they are... not bad
at all. A lot of progress has been made for both.
We have an African-American and a Mormon as the major party's candidates,
yet this election has not been about race or religion. Overwhelming people are
making their decisions based on leadership and policy issues. Isn't that
the acceptance that both Mormons and African-Americans have always wanted?
I'm a Mormon and will be voting for Romney - NOT because he is Mormon
(although that certainly doesn't bother me. It wouldn't bother me if
he was some other religion either.) I am voting for him because his political
beliefs more closely line up wth mine than Liberal ones do. I am voting for
cutting our deficit, helping the economy, helping businesses create jobs, and so
forth. I am tired of the road Obama has us on - runaway spending (5-6 trillion
added in debt), a stagnant economy, Obamacare, a growing welfare state where
people believe that government should take the place of individual
responsibility and self-reliance, weakest foreign policy ever, etc. etc. Oh
yeah, and I'm disgusted at Obama's outright lies and coverup about
Libya. Anyway, Romney is the right choice in this election.
Non-Utahns and Non-Mormons look at this possible Romney Presidency in a
different way.Not everyone wants Mitt Romney and his family's
extensive religious baggage brought into the White House.Our ancestors
left their homelands and came to America to escape stifling, overbearing,
sometimes lethal religion and it's frightening practices.Let's
hope Mr. Romney will consider........... hard working, honest, kind, generous,
the poor, foreign, Latino, African American, free thinking, women and their
needs, struggling families, those in need of health care, non-denominational
Americans....Le's hope he has told the truth(this is a big one), and
he will not favor the rich, big banking, big corporations.Many, many of us
fear the debts he owes to Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas Casino owner, and the many
other shadowing individuals who financed his campaign and expect legislative
favors.........should he be elected, that is.
"it is absolutely amazing that we are having a presidential election between
a Mormon candidate and a bi-racial candidate.â€ťâ€śWho would
have ever guessed this one?â€ť she asked. â€śThe only thing that would
have made it better is if one of them had been a woman, too.â€ťMia Love or Gladys Knight? Get all three in one.
Yes, I feel some pride for Harry Reid, but I wouldn't want him to be
president. Neither would I want Jon Huntsman. If Mitt Romney was not Mormon,
Romney would still carry Utah. Being Mormon is just Mitt gravy on top.
I have been a member of the church all my life. It's neat that a Mormon is
potentially going to serve as the President of the United States, but that fact
is far down my list of concerns. I am excited because we have someone who is
qualified to run the country again. It has been a long time and at least three
Presidents since I have felt this way about a candidate.
Interesting article. Some really good comments. Some not so good comments by
"sound bite" spewing Kool-Aid drinkers." Neither candidate is either
as good or as bad as the hype. I'm a Romney guy -- not becuase we share the
same faith. I'm not a Reid guy -- not because we share the same faith.I just hope you all exercise your precous right and vote your conscience
today...and that whoever wins will have your respect.
"I know a lot of Mormons who donâ€™t like Romney's politics, but
they feel a sense of kinship or sympathy with Romney because heâ€™s part of
the tribe," Bowman said.------------I must admit
that I find this a bit baffling.As I understand it (and I certainly
don't claim complete knowledge or authority of LDS doctrine), given the
concept of a Heavenly Father who loves each and every one of his children on
this and every other of his innumerable worlds, the sense of tribal kinship for
a practicing member of the LDS church ought to be all encompassing and
universal.In other words, according to LDS doctrine, everyone,
everywhere and everywhen is already part of the tribe. Membership in the
church, or not, doesn't affect that.
Whether you like Obama or not, it was an amazing day in history when he was
elected president. Monumental. Now, it may be another amazing day in history if
a Mormon is elected president. It could go either way, for sure. But, still,
amazing history is taking place now in the United States. I did vote for Romney,
I hope he wins, things seem to be a toss-up now.
Agency is one of our greatest gifts. And because of that, I have never been able
to figure out why anyone, let alone a member of the Church, would want to belong
to a political party.Political parties are for politicians, not for
voters. And unless your state is one of those with open primaries, by belonging
to a political party, you are telling the elected officials in your state that
you are not interested in having a choice. Just because someone
belongs to your particular party does not mean that a candidate of the other
party might not really be a better choice, but you have limited your options.Every election we have should be open and fair, and each citizen of this
country should have the unfettered ability to vote for any candidate they
choose, regardless of party affiliation.And one more thing about not
belonging to a political party...if the politicians don't know who will
vote on what, chances are they will make a more concerted effort to actually put
intelligent bills up for a vote, or intelligent people up for election.No guarantee, though. It is, after all, politics. ;-)
Very good article with a variety of opinions on LDS reaction to a Romney win.
These also reflect the variety from my family and friends.From my
tribe, Conservative Evangelicals will be very excited for his win on both
political and religious levels. We'll have our fiscal leader and we can
discuss Mormonism 24/7.We want our LDS family and friends to be in
the heaven that we believe in, as much as they want us with them in theirs. I
hope this greater visibilty will propel the dialogue to a better understanding
of both perspectives. Our mutual concern for our eternal souls is what's
at stake. These posts also prove that few LDS understand what the issues of
concern are for Biblical believers.Ultimately, God is in control and
we will still be faithful soldiers regardless of who resides at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue. It's who resides in our Father's eternal
Kingdom that matters.
C'mon Mormons! Let's join hands and face our new "same old"
fallen world. It's a new day, but our world needs healing. It needs
Jesus, not acrimony, accusation and skepticism. It needs truth, not politics
and division.Let's look deep into God's Word, at the
Beginning Word, the Word Who is God. Let's share The Truth with all who
are searching.That's what we are called to. This world is only
the preamble. Let's get on the same side now and put our resources to what
has eternal consequences. It's a new day in America with the same
divisions, brokenness and pain... Time for you to come into the fold!