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Time magazine explores 'The Mormon in Mitt'

October 02, 2012
source: Deseret News

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Time magazine takes an in-depth look at "The Mormon in Mitt" this week in a 2,800-word story that attempts to explore how growing up as an active, practicing, believing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has impacted Mitt Romney's life and possible presidential policies.

The Time magazine website makes full articles available only to subscribers, although a one-week temporary access is available.

"Observers have long sought clues to Romney's character and worldview in his Mormonism," Jon Meacham writes in the cover story for the magazine's Oct. 8 issue. "There is the optimistic salesmanship, the blindingly pure family values, the can-do spirit. In many ways, Romney is Reagan with children who speak to him, a cheerful leader who has a mystical appreciation of the role America is meant to play in history.

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grizzly said...

09:37 AM
on Oct 04, 2012

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I liked the debate. Mitt, called obama a liar and as he should. it's time for a leader who can guide this country out of the mess it's in.

bridget said...

12:44 PM
on Oct 09, 2012

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Okay. Why is no one pointing out that Mitt Romney needs to be a better Mormon? And, I might as well say it, a real Mormon? I read some rant by Tricia Erickson that Romney would have to answer to the prophet if he were in office. Would that this were the case! Would that everyone answered to the prophet, because then they might actually listen to something the Lord had to say instead of supporting abortion and furthering the homosexual agenda. No one seems to understand that Romney has failed to stand by the Lord, and when you do that, you're not really a Mormon. I don't care how many membership records you have. So give me a break! Romney is not a good example of what it means to be Mormon, because a real Mormon would go with the Lord every single time.

juanitohblanco said...

06:11 PM
on Oct 14, 2012

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Hi Bridget, In repsonse to your comment, I just wanted you to know that I personally know that Mitt Romney is an awesome member of the "Mormon" fatih. He has donated an unlimited amount of his personal time in his callings (e.g., Bishop, Sunday School Teacher, etc.) for the "Mormon" church, and for those not of our faith. As members of the church we believe in following the prophet as they did in ancient times. Our prophet is called of God through revalation. Although a prophet voice adds a wonderful spiritual plethera to any President, as has done many leaders of other faiths, a prophet would not tell the President of The United States how to run his affairs. The church honors a "separation of church and state". A persons faith (e.g., moral values) can enhance a person choices spiritually and temporally; to do good will to all men and women. The "Mormon" faith teaches such values as are also found also in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. One of my favorite scriptures is John 3:16-17. Although each of us has our personal burdent to carry in life (e.g., someone who is prone to addiction but refrain from useing, or the unwed mother, or the person who suffers with same-sex attraction). The Savior teaches us in the NT that we must have charity in our hearts, be kind to each other, don't judge or categorize one another, giving the benefit of the doubt; or even being quiet to feel the Spirit of God in our life's; accepting someone's differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impluse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped; or refusing to take advantage of another's weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. The "Mormon" faith believes in free agency; using free agency wisely and in harmony with the precepts of The Lord Jesus Christ will help us to do such things as be loving and tolerance, like the Savior did when He lived on the earth. One of my other favorite examples in the NT is how the Savior didn't condemn the woman in sin, he forgave her and asked to go and sin no more (e.g., easier said than done for us to do). Regardless of anyones agenda in life; and there are many, I believe there is always room to love our neighbor as ourself, even if they don't believe the same way we do. Being compassionate of the unbelievers opens the door to the considerations of the heart, and will bridge a gap of misunderstanding with compassionate service to a person. Some people "get it" now, some later and some never get to get it on earth. In conclusion, I've always believed the Savior expects us to love and He loved; to do our best to see one another the way He sees us inspite of all our flaws. Oh, if you only knew Mitt Romney, I promise you that you would change your opinion about him. Mitt is not a boaster, and would be the last person to tell you of all the good he has done. Mitt is a man of character who deeply loves God and his fellowmen and women. I hope this will be of some help to you. Oh, by the way, just because I am a "Mormon" I don't vote for someone just because they are "Mormon". In this case, because of all the wonderful things I have about Mitt Romney, even though I'm not a declared "Republican", I most recently decided, I will be voting for him. Mitt will be a wonderful truth telling President for America. God bless you, Bridget in all you do. You seem to firmly love the Lord. -- Juanito
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