Experts consider whether 'Mormon moment' over or not

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  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Nov. 16, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 4:58 p.m.

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

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    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.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    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.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    @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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 6:49 a.m.

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

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 6:24 a.m.

    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...

  • Swedish reader Stockholm, Sweden
    Nov. 13, 2012 2:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Nov. 12, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Nov. 12, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    Just getting started

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Nov. 12, 2012 7:07 p.m.


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


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

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    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.

  • Captain Green Heber City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    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.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    RE: Ldsironrodder: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:
    for I am God, and there is none else. …That unto me every knee shall bow, every
    tongue shall swear (Is 45:22-23) .

    …every knee shall soon bow, and every mouth confess the name of Jesus Christ as
    Lord.(Phil 2:10—11)
    Paul takes the O.T. passage and in clear terms of the majesty and the oneness
    of God and applies it directly to Jesus, who he refers to as Lord).

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 12, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    While many LDS members acted as Jesus would like us to, I am still putting out fires from some fellow LDS members who felt that it was right and justified to say terrible and racist things on social media and out loud at members of my non-LDS extended family. It is not OK.

    I feel the Lord will hold us accountable for all the people we bring to and drive away from the Gospel with our self righteousness and pride in the name of politics. The Gospel is not political but some chose to make it so, very sad.

  • liberate Sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. Do these so called "experts" have nothing more to talk about than this drivel? Life goes on, world problems exist, problems in our nation exist. Let's focus on finding solutions rather than sitting around debating the "Mormon Moment".

  • ldsironrodder New Haven, OH
    Nov. 12, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    The "Mormon Moment" may be ending, but the return of Jesus Christ is just beginning. While some may revere the name of a political figure, every knee shall soon bow, and every mouth confess the name of Jesus Christ as Lord.

  • sleepless_slc sandy, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:56 p.m.

    Things that need to be done..
    An LDS president of the united states ( who upholds the values of the church, unlike the previous guy)
    A women president
    Then the circle will be complete.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    There never was a "mormon moment".

    It was a media creation.

    The way I take it "Mormon mMoment" is just when a there is a leap ni public awarenessw and recognition of mormons and mormonism.

    So there is not "the mormon moment" just a mormon moment.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Mormon Moment is over. The extra missionaries will not flood the streets after a Romney win since he lost. However there will be less member attrition in that age range since so many more will become missionaries.

  • Wee One Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    Personally I believe The "Mormon Moment" has actually gained much momentum with the election but it isn't about politics. It is about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not be ashamed, scared or shy about our beliefs. Do we really think that the calling of missionaries now at 18 for a young man and 19 for a young woman is by any chance a mere coincidence. More people than ever know about us and we are now in a position to let people know what it means to be a Latter Day Saint. We have the opportunity to open our mouths about the Restoration more now than ever.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Nov. 12, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    Mr. Romney decided to run for President despite being a Mormon. I am very glad he did, because that helped to dispel some myth and re-inforce some truth about the LDS church.

    I think Mr. Romney passed the test and congratulate him. He was a Republican candidate not a Mormon one.

    I think many members failed the test because they as the article says, were proud that one of their own was on the track for the presidency, and voted not for the Republican or political andidate but because he was a Mormon. Like criticizing Blacks for voting for President Obama.

    I hope that the lesson that Mr. Romney learned and I hope the Church does as well, is that when he spoke as was a moderate he was able to reach the masses.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Outside of utah, I don't think there ever was a mormon 'moment'. The nation has gotten caught up in all things Vanna White. Or Austrailian. Or Kardashian. Or Trump. Or Oat Bran. Mormonism has never risen to the level of interest of any of these. Maybe mormons should be happy about that.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    Conjecture and speculation, whether by "experts," members, or the general public, have never before nor ever will affect or reflect the actual trajectory of the church. But it's still interesting to watch the dialog.

  • Agustis Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 12, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    I strongly believe in the old adage "that truth is never so evident as when it is compared to error." All the Mormons need to do is to explain and the good will rise to the top. What we do not need is to be portrayed as right wing rich Republicans.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    "I would suggest that person tell that to the thousands of new missionaries with their papers being put in as we speak "

    Not a good example, because those new missionaries are only missionaries right now because the church changed the age requirements for it. Let's stick to just the simple fact that the church is growing (not as fast as the membership numbers would suggest since it doesn't adequately remove the inactives and those who left but didn't bother to go through the process of name removal, but it's still growing nonetheless as evidenced by the growth in number of wards and branches, which I think is the best way to measure growth since it accounts for inactivity).

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Nov. 12, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    oatmeal-aka-mush, I don't think any of us LDS think of Mitt Romney's campaign as "failed". He brought a message of a better way of doing things and he has the experience and success to back it up.
    Secondly, to refer to his campaign as the most significant contribution to world history only reflects your exaggeration of our prospective and a certain bitterness you have with the religion.

    I remember a year or so ago some comments about how no one ever heard of the LDS church outside of Utah, and that within 10 years the church would dwindle into further obscurity until it simply ceased to exist.

    I would suggest that person tell that to the thousands of new missionaries with their papers being put in as we speak :)

  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    I think Mormons (as any demographic) need to look past the fact that a Presidential candidate is "one of them" and focus on the man himself. I don't feel Romney was a very good candidate because of his flip-flops, his disparagement of "the 47%", and other reasons.

    The people who cost him the election did not vote against him because he was Mormon. I doubt very much that Latinos, young people, etc. would have held his Mormonism against him if he'd reflected their values. But he didn't.

    He lost because he simply didn't represent as a candidate (not as a Mormon) what the majority of people felt was important.

    Mormons can still see one of their own become President. (I think Jon Huntsman would have had great appeal to the demographics I've mentioned.) Romney opened the door to this possibility. But next time, you'll need a much more populist candidate to walk through that door.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    When did the LDS church seek to gain the praise of man? The Mormon Moment isn't a presidential campaign, it's the good deeds done by members all over the world--done for the simple fact that it is the right thing to do, not done to gain praise from the politically powerful or to be in the spotlight.

    When did the Church's focus become being accepted by the national media? I believe the First Presidency has always taught that the church's focus is following the teachings of Christ. This PR campaign needs to end.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    There never was a "Mormon Event." It is sad that Latter-day Saints would consider a failed political campaign the most significant contribution to world history. Can't you do better than that?