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Published: Monday, Nov. 12 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

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Captain Green
Heber City, UT

Romney lost because he didn't promise "free stuff" like Obama did. Which just proved that a principled man cannot be elected any longer, sadly for America. At least the world got to see what a really good and decent man looks like. That helped the LDS Church a lot. BTW, for the author, our religion is not a young one... it goes back to Adam & Eve.

Soul
Salt Lake City, UT

It was more than a "mormon moment", only time will tell the impact of the 2012 presidential race on the LDS faith or people in general.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Oatmeal

Nobody I know thinks the Romney campaign was our most significant contribution to world history. Odd that you would even offer that.

Hutterite,

There certainly was significant interest in the LDS community here and in other areas we have friends and family. Perhaps less so in Utah.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Just getting started

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

Prediction: The last four years, America shot its self in the foot for not giving ear to Romney. This time America has shot its leg off by not electing Mitt Romney - as the next four years will reveal.

Swedish reader
Stockholm, Sweden

It is not uncommon for Europeans to not know the difference between Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and (sometimes) even the Amish. It is very helpful for members here to be able to point to a well known person, such as Mitt Romney or Brandon Flowers, and say "He's also a member of my Church". That way the person you're talking to replaces his/her mental image of a fanatic in 19th century clothing (and that is, unfortunately, the way some people think of us) with the image of a normal person doing a normal job in a normal way, whether that job is in politics, entertainment, or any other area.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

I don't know of another group that is so obsessed with their public image, and so occupied with attention seeking, than the LDS Church and its members...

raybies
Layton, UT

My whole life has been a Mormon Moment... still alive, still kicking... so no, the moment's not over for me. :)

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Captain Green
"Romney lost because he didn't promise "free stuff" like Obama did."

Nonsense, he promised a shiny new 20% across the board tax cut without ever showing the math as to how he'd pay for it. Now you conservatives are angry about the fiscal cliff because, surprise surprise deficit reduction (what the fiscal cliff is since it cuts the deficit in half) actually affects you, and now suddenly you want no part of it. You all are definitely looking for free stuff and that is absolutely what Romney promised.

DonO
Draper, UT

The "fascination" with the Mormon Church is over but the Romney candidacy did help move the Church out of the "oddity" column and into the mainstream. That said, IMHO the Church can fulfill its mission much better without the glare of a attention on a Mormon in the white House. So Romney has done the Church two large favors: He won the nomination then lost the election.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Captain Green" it is worse than that. Romney told people that they had to work to get out of poverty. People don't like to hear that, they would rather hear that they can't do it on their own.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

What exactly is a mormon moment and who are these experts ?

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

I think it was good that the Church was pretty much ignored during the final phase of Romney's candidacy. His campaign in general, and he in particular, was viewed by many as being "mendacious". Given Romney's church leadership role, what did his mendacious approach, plus his clearly patrician attitude, affect the non Mormon view of the Church? There were even some who questioned Romney's moral character stemming from certain campaign distortions.

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