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With or without Romney, D.C. a surprising Mormon stronghold

May 14, 2012
source: CNN

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MR says: This article is making its way around all the national media outlets--have you read it?

A few hundred Mormons filed into a chapel just outside the Washington Beltway one recent Sunday to hear a somewhat unusual presentation: an Obama administration official recounting his conversion to Mormonism.

“I have never in my life had a more powerful experience than that spiritual moment when the spirit of Christ testified to me that the Book of Mormon is true,” Larry Echo Hawk told the audience, which stretched back through the spacious sanctuary and into a gymnasium in the rear.

Echo Hawk’s tear-stained testimonial stands out for a couple of reasons: The White House normally doesn’t dispatch senior staff to bare their souls, and Mormons hew heavily Republican. It’s not every day a top Democrat speaks from a pulpit owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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traveler said...

11:13 AM
on May 15, 2012

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Living within 70 miles of the DC Temple, it's not hard to find a mess of us running around!Most of us are 'country folk' though and stay as far away as possible from living there. There are those that commute and one would be suprised at the positions,both government and private sector, that the Saints hold in DC. The article didn't even scratch the surface.What is interesting about the article is the 'fair and balanced' stance it takes in its' portrait of the Saints. Very fair and favorable towards us. Not something I would expect from CNN at all.The curiosity,questions and interest we are getting in this region have provided many opportunites to repudiate the anti propoganda against the Church.And it's only just beginning. A lot has been said about Brother Romney openig those doors, but a lot of credit must go to Glenn Beck when he was with FOX NEWS, and to the Saints who quietly 'took up the cross' and saw the opportunies opening up as a result; and clearing the path for Brother Romney. Our own experiences have been 90% positive; even to getting clergy from other faiths to support Romney and in some cases even reading books from LDS authors!Regardless of the election outcome, the focus on the Saints will not go away now, for good or ill.How we take advantage of it; it's on our heads whether we act,or not.
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