Mitt Romney is running for Senate; here are the Mormons currently serving in Congress

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  • Disco Vega Modesto, CA
    Feb. 22, 2018 9:09 a.m.

    I worked for Mitt....I wouldn't vote for him if you paid me. He's liberal through and through...attacked Trump...not good for America....run away from this wolf in sheeps clothing

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2018 2:05 p.m.

    So we understand those peaceful native Americans. "Human skeletons from as early as the Woodland Period (250 B.C. to A.D. 900) show occasional marks of violence, but conflict intensified during and after the thirteenth century, by which time farmers were well established in the Plains. After 1250, villages were often destroyed by fire, and human skeletons regularly show marks of violence, scalping, and other mutilations.
    Warfare was most intense along the Missouri River in the present-day Dakotas, where ancestors of the Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras were at war with each other, and towns inhabited by as many as 1,000 people were often fortified with ditch and palisade defenses.
    Excavations at the Crow Creek site, an ancestral Arikara town dated to 1325, revealed the bodies of 486 people–men, women, and children, essentially the town's entire population–in a mass grave. These individuals had been scalped a
    archeological and documentary evidence show great changes in tribal territories resulting from war before and after white contact."
    Douglas B. Bamforth University of Colorado at Boulder

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2018 1:50 p.m.

    "displacing a peaceful people with a self-righteous Christian nation."

    Disphoria abounds. Do you realize how many native American peoples were displaced by these same native groups. How many slaves they took from other tribes. Any recollection how barbaric the Utes and other tribes were to the Goshutes.

    Caucasians did concur and replace natives. But to give them some fairy tale Disneyland romantic wash is delusional.

  • Watcher1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 20, 2018 1:06 p.m.

    Here we go with all the criticism of the NRA and private ownership of weapons. I recently heard of a huge traffic pileup back east that killed several people . . . so let's all destroy our vehicles, right? Or, we could mandate that the government require the confiscation and/or destruction of all vehicles--because after all, the government can fix ANYTHING, right? If there's any problem in society, all we need is more laws and more government, and it will all go away, right? Am I echoing the proper liberal stance here?

  • Vincent Mrykalo Lawrence, KS
    Feb. 19, 2018 8:38 p.m.

    Not that it matters.

  • Vincent Mrykalo Lawrence, KS
    Feb. 19, 2018 8:33 p.m.

    Get ready for Mitt to run against Trump, 'cause that's why he's running for senate.

  • AZ Eagle ,
    Feb. 19, 2018 8:21 p.m.

    After reading through the comments, I realized there are some people who hate America. They find fault with everything that displeases them. When they run out of criticisms for what's happening today, they go to the past and criticize everything that has happened since 1776.

    I look at things differently. In this world, there are 195 different nations. Consider them to be like different organizations that a person can join. If someone doesn't like living in America, they are free to check out the other 194 nations. There is a perfect nation for everybody, or at least one where a person feels the most comfortable.

    Going through life while being miserable is not the way to live. Everyone needs to go to a place that makes them feel happy. It's out there, just find it.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2018 4:46 p.m.

    Religion first and politics second, let us all be kind and hopeful. We have political rock star living here and every other state would beg him to live in their state, and speak on principle.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2018 4:43 p.m.

    Utah is capitol of the USA, as is Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and many other red states. Mitt is going to shine in the senate. Let us all be positive. Who else to showcase red states winning every day?

  • AZ Eagle ,
    Feb. 19, 2018 4:22 p.m.

    A friend told me, "You know, I almost joined the Mormon Church, but Mitt Romney talked me out of it."

    I was surprised to hear him say that, so I asked him how Mitt talked him out of joining the Church.

    "Well," he said, "Mitt says wants open borders with more criminals and higher taxes. I told him that Hades already has all of those things. I told him that I want a place like Heaven where the walls and gates are guarded by angels, there are no criminals and no taxes."

  • VTM Nauvoo, IL
    Feb. 19, 2018 4:04 p.m.

    The LDS church specifically teaches a gospel of peace. Peace that is possible through obedience ... and it is impossible to become hateful when you have charity....it has been interesting to see people on this thread talking about gun control in the wake of "two of our members shot in Florida"... asking that Mormon members not be "held hostage" by the likes of the nRa.
    I would challenge anyone who believes that guns are a root cause of violence to look at what makes people want to kill others. It's not because they have a gun.

    If our members of congress would focus on gospel principles, then there would be fewer deaths... not just from 'gun violence'.... but we would have lower deaths in war (love thy neighbor) because we wouldn't go to war as often, we would have less hate speech from both political parties, and our children would be accepting of one another and not create an environment where children would feel ostracized to the point of violence.

    That is the answer. But talking about Mormon politicians destroying freedoms is not only un-american, but not something God does. Instead teaching about love and being an 'example of the believers' is more fitting.

  • moresureword Maple Grove, MN
    Feb. 19, 2018 3:00 p.m.

    keyboarder - College Station, TX, you responded to me, in part:

    "I'm sorry that you believe [God] had no hand in establishing this nation . ... I'm honestly confused why you deny any and all inspiration of the U.S. founding fathers . ... We must look beyond 1776 at God's hand in this nation to judge whether he directed the establishment of the U.S. The particular wrongs that you mention have been recognized and largely reconciled over the years. These things have improved because of God's hand in the U.S. government and its leaders, not despite them."

    The god of America builts walls to divide human beings, engages in terrorism with a claim to be fighting terrorism, and is doing less and less for the tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free, as promised by its alleged statue of liberty.

  • keyboarder College Station, TX
    Feb. 19, 2018 1:51 p.m.

    @moresureword I would agree that "God is no respecter of persons" and that he is displeased when we suppress and persecute others, but I'm sorry that you believe he had no hand in establishing this nation, in the details of the Constitution or Declaration of Independence and the miracles that occurred during the American Revolution.

    I see from your reference to Revelations and other statements that you have some belief in God and the Bible. When compared to all of God's other dealings in the past, including His choice of imperfect prophets, I'm honestly confused why you deny any and all inspiration of the U.S. founding fathers just because they were people of their own time, raised with certain biases, and had faults like the rest of us. God has always called on imperfect people to do his work, at the same time commanding them to repent from their sins.

    We must look beyond 1776 at God's hand in this nation to judge whether he directed the establishment of the U.S. The particular wrongs that you mention have been recognized and largely reconciled over the years. These things have improved because of God's hand in the U.S. government and its leaders, not despite them.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 19, 2018 11:49 a.m.

    The one I like best is Chris Stewart but I like Rob Bishop at times.

  • ricp24 Buffalo, NY
    Feb. 19, 2018 11:41 a.m.

    That Mitt Romney is a “good Mormon” is pretty much a given based on those who know him and have spoken out in his support. If there was anything to the contrary the DNC , the Obama campaign and the mainstream media would have shouted it from the rooftops in 2012.

    But to use the logic that “… Mormons are conservative; Mitt Romney is Mormon and is therefore a conservative ...” is quite a stretch. That Romney is a registered Republican is a matter of record but an examination of his political philosophy shows him to be a Progressive. A Progressive, like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schummer, Elizabeth Warren, et al and as such should make this as plain as his Mormon background when running for office. Again, Romney seems to be a good man and if he wants to devote his senior years to public service wonderful! But let’s ask him to be honest and admit he will be a Left-of-Center Republican who, like John McCain, will support Progressive ideology and programs and then let people decide if this is what they want representing them in Washington.

  • Lilly Munster , 00
    Feb. 19, 2018 11:16 a.m.

    Thank you for providing a complete list of those who are hostile to full human rights for ALL Americans; women, the entire LGBT community, and Black Americans.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 19, 2018 10:12 a.m.

    @ Keyboarder -

    I liked your post in response to @kolob1. The only reason I replied to him was because he said that the Church was a "business" and he mentioned nothing else, as in, the LDS church is ONLY a business and nothing more or less. That is a flat-out lie and it needed to be refuted.

    Totally agree with you, though, that money and power is a wonderful thing if it is used wisely; to bless the lives of everyone including the powerless and the poor. I eagerly look forward when Christ comes again and rights every wrong. He's going to be busy for a while and I, personally, am ready for it.

  • moresureword Maple Grove, MN
    Feb. 19, 2018 10:10 a.m.

    keyboarder - College Station, TX, you responded to me:

    "@moresureword The negative aspects of government that you point out are real. ... But despite all of those disheartening realities, we believe that God directed a strong foundation and superior scaffolding for the United States government. Despite individual sins and imperfections, the founding fathers really were inspired by Heaven. ... [W]e have faith in good that the U.S. represents!"

    The idea that our founding fathers were inspired, although rooted in Mormon theology, is faulty. Our founding fathers were "merchants of the earth," as addressed by John in the Book of Revelation, who denied rights to women, blacks and Native Americans in the name of God, who has and wants nothing to do with inequality.

  • keyboarder College Station, TX
    Feb. 19, 2018 9:49 a.m.

    @moresureword The negative aspects of government that you point out are real. The LDS perspective has never been that the US government if flawless or without wrongs. The persecution of the Mormons in the 1800's is sufficient evidence of this. Further, the Book of Mormon contains repeated examples of government corruption, and doctrine outlined in D&C 121:39 affirms that "We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion." Even more generally we believe that while God has a plan and purpose for us, part of that includes letting evil (i.e. Satan) influence the world.

    But despite all of those disheartening realities, we believe that God directed a strong foundation and superior scaffolding for the United States government. Despite individual sins and imperfections, the founding fathers really were inspired by Heaven. Simply imagine how much more good has come of the U.S. than if the old-world rulers had continued their reign. Neither God nor LDS members condone the evil, but we have faith in good that the U.S. represents!

  • moresureword Maple Grove, MN
    Feb. 19, 2018 9:04 a.m.

    “12 members of Congress ... are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ... Sen. Orrin Hatch announced his retirement early this year after 40 years in the Senate."

    The governments of Earth have never created peace or equality in our world. Whether Mormon, Christian, Muslim or otherwise, the heads of state, presidents of nations, and political leaders of all kinds have failed us. Although politicians claim to serve the best interests of the people, in reality, their use of political power is generally motivated by self-protection and the support of special interests groups.

    These governments serve themselves or cause others to serve them. The religionists who claim that our Creator condones, ordains or blesses the United States of America are condoning an unrighteous government. America never was "great." Consider, for example, what we did to the indigenous people we mistreated after taking over their lands, displacing a peaceful people with a self-righteous Christian nation.

  • keyboarder College Station, TX
    Feb. 19, 2018 8:24 a.m.

    kolob1's assertion that the Church is a business perhaps arises from the facts that the Church is a large, well-defined organization with significant influence on its members including political officials; that it has significant financial interests, etc.

    So what's wrong with that? Even if "business" is not a preferred term, we don't necessarily need to defend against nor "deny it". The modern world is not influenced (for good or bad) only by small, poorly funded groups. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with being large or having influence. To kolob1 I say that I would rather have more influence (and even money) in the hands of good people and organizations like the Church than in dirty business, confused governments, drug cartels, sexual exploitation (human enslavement, pornography), etc. I cheer on organizations like the Church which balance the influence of Wall Street and government with a strong moral foundation and humanitarian purpose!

    For those of us who believe that God leads the Church, God is in no way limited to small, individual churches on the corner. Thank Heaven for divine power that can influence and move the world to be better in whatever ways are best!

  • Mario McCash Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2018 7:48 a.m.

    I think it’s a little sad or disappointing that all the LDS members of Congress are only in the Intermountain west (the Mormon belt), states that border Utah. And with just one exception, are all Republicans.

    Note how interesting it was that a question was posed to Mitt about whether good Mormons can be democrats. The issue really is how or why such a question could be made in the first place. The answer is obvious and kudos to Mitt that he answered correctly & powerfully. I admired his response. Nice if only most LDS thought like Mitt on that issue.

    Now if only Mitt could back off on his support of Trump...

    And please, LDS members should not support Mitt only because he is a High Priest. Support him because you honestly agree with his views & positions, which for now includes endorsing the Trump Administration/presidency (as Mitt does).

    Does good LDS really support Trump and can look in the mirror with a straight face?

    To support Trump is to be hypocritical to the faith as Trump is the faith’s opposite and deep down we all really know that but won’t admit it due to party allegiance. Let’s drop the litmus tests of abortion & LBGT stuff. There’s more to life than that

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 18, 2018 5:57 p.m.

    @ kolob1 - Sandy, UT - Feb. 17, 2018 9:13 a.m. - "Are the Mormons in Congress conservative NRA members first and Mormons second? Their conservative far right stance defies the D & C and refutes Brigham Young's United Order concept. Today's Mormons are all about the dollar and political power. Even Democrats Mormons voted for Romney for President. The LDS Church is a business and don't try to deny it."

    (my comments continued)

    5th - Mormonism is not a "business". The first Article of Faith in Mormonism says "We believe in God the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost."

    That's a pretty strange business mission statement, don't you think?

    In short, I do deny your claim that the LDS religion is a business. You obviously have an axe to grind against the LDS church. Believe what you want, even if it is false. You have that right, but I also have the right to refute your false claims.

    Good day.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 18, 2018 5:50 p.m.

    @ kolob1 - Sandy, UT - Feb. 17, 2018 9:13 a.m. - "Are the Mormons in Congress conservative NRA members first and Mormons second? Their conservative far right stance defies the D & C and refutes Brigham Young's United Order concept. Today's Mormons are all about the dollar and political power. Even Democrats Mormons voted for Romney for President. The LDS Church is a business and don't try to deny it."

    1st, the supposed "far right" stance you claim LDS members of Congress goes against the Doctrine & Covenants is false. The D&C says that America is a country founded by God. It also says the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God. It says those and many other things about being loyal to one's country AND to God. In short, it is not "anti-Mormon" to be "patriotic".

    2nd, the United Order, or the Law of Consecration, was not instituted by Brigham Young, but by God. You don't believe that but what you do believe is false.

    3rd, Mormons today are not "all about the dollar". I went to Stake Conference today and we talked about Jesus, not money.

    4th, political power is not evil if it's used righteously.

    5th, see my next post...

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Feb. 18, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    @ docport1 - , Feb. 16, 2018 10:28 p.m. - "I hope our Mormon members of Congress will not be held hostage by the NRA and the Republican party line and take action on sensible and necessary gun control restrictions. Two of our members shot in Florida is two too many."

    While I am sad over the recent Florida high school shooting, more gun control is not the answer and here's why:

    a loaded gun doesn't shoot itself. You can take a gun, load it with bullets, take off the safety and put the gun down and leave it there and you know what happens? Nothing. Absolutely.....nothing.

    You take away guns, killers then use knives. You take away knives, they use a bat. Take away bats, they use a brick. Take away bricks, they use a rock. Take away rocks, they use their fists. You can't "legislate" evil into obedience and any Mormon who understands their religion understands that.

    Focus on giving more love to the downtrodden when they are downtrodden, not passing more useless laws.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 17, 2018 9:56 a.m.

    Of all the Mormon representatives in office only Senator Flake has chose integrity of his principles and religious believe over his ambition for office. It pretty much demonstrates that most elected officials aspire to self and party interests, private wealth, power and influence over duty and patriotism. As Mormonism teaches the nation would be better off with a good king if it could acquire one. Of course Trump wants the position. And strangely enough there are sufficient voters who think he is right for the position to keep him in office. Go figure.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    Are the Mormons in Congress conservative NRA members first and Mormons second?
    Their conservative far right stance defies the D & C and refutes Brigham Young's United Order concept. Today's Mormons are all about the dollar and political power. Even Democrats Mormons voted for Romney for President. The LDS Church is a business and don't try to deny it.

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 17, 2018 7:40 a.m.

    Senator Flake will be missed. He certainly has exhibited a singular profile in courage in standing up to Trump. I wish more of the LDS delegation would show the same resolution.

  • Joemamma W Jordan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    If I recall when Hatch ran for POTUS back in 2000 he said on public television that he was not Mormon... I will find that video and post it??

    Unless he converted soon after??

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2018 2:23 a.m.

    At least Harry Reid has gone away. I'm so glad I no longer have to confront the cognitive dissonance of a top Democrat also being Mormon!

  • docport1 ,
    Feb. 16, 2018 10:28 p.m.

    I hope our Mormon members of Congress will not be held hostage by the NRA and the Republican party line and take action on sensible and necessary gun control restrictions. Two of our members shot in Florida is two too many.