Mitt Romney wants the world to see him as a regular politician who just happens to be LDS. J. Tyler Ballance (My View, Oct. 5) wants us to see him as an LDS man who needs support for his campaign — not only from his fellow adherents but also from the church establishment itself.

Would Mitt really ask the church to jeopardize its tax-exempt status in order to raise awareness for one single political candidate? Especially when that candidate is not looking to identify himself as singularly Mormon?

I, for one, am grateful to belong to a church that allows us to vote our conscience and doesn't take part in campaigns for any politician. I might vote for Romney. But that depends more on his stand on universal health care and the economy than his professed religious beliefs. And I think that is what Mitt would want.

Emily Simmons