Mormons on both sides of the aisle look to Election Day — and beyond

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  • OnlytheCross Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    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!

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    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.

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    Nov. 6, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    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. ;-)

  • Gram Cracker Price, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    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.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    "I know a lot of Mormons who don’t like Romney's politics, but they feel a sense of kinship or sympathy with Romney because he’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.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    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.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    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.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    "it is absolutely amazing that we are having a presidential election between a Mormon candidate and a bi-racial candidate.”

    “Who would have ever guessed this one?” she asked. “The only thing that would have made it better is if one of them had been a woman, too.”

    Mia Love or Gladys Knight? Get all three in one.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Itsme2 SLC, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 5, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    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?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    “You can’t help but feel a little sense of pride and acceptance”

    This 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.

    Nov. 5, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    That's a nice picture of the President and First Lady.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 7:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 5, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    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.

  • The Dixie Kid Saint George, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    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 wrong".

    Nov. 5, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 12:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    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.

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    Nov. 4, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 4, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    Non mormons, too, look forward to election day and beyond.