Are Mormons primed for persecution in this election season?

If Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, LDS Apostle David A. Bednar purportedly said in February, his church would face persecution "more intense than any yet experienced in our lifetime."

An account of Bednar’s remarks that surfaced from an unknown person in an audience of Mormon students at Dixie State College in southern Utah rapidly spread across the Mormon blogosphere and email lists.

By April, the summary had been distributed so widely that LDS Church education officials felt compelled to issue a disavowal, saying it was "distorted and inaccurate and should not be used, repeated, or passed on to others."

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