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The Truth About Mormons and Mitt Romney

via MittRomney.com

Mitt Romney is the front runner for the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 elections, by many accounts. That is, if some Christian pastors don’t convince their congregations that it’s unacceptable to vote for a Mormon and persist in perpetuating fictions about the Mormon faith.

I, personally, know quite a bit about the Mormon faith. Though I am not a practicing Mormon, having left the church as a teenager, my entire family is Mormon and I grew up in the faith. Allow me to clear up some common misconceptions about being Mormon, as we focus on Romney’s campaign:

  • Mormons do not practice polygamy. They did practice polygamy prior to Utah becoming a state in 1896.  The federal government required Utah to include a ban on polygamy in its state constitution in order to become part of the union, which had the effect of breaking up families, with husbands abandoning wives and children en masse.  Many Mormons felt this was unfair, wrong and immoral. These people broke off from the Mormon church and created their own factions that are not associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today.  They are the ones who practice polygamy today. Watch Sister Wives on TLC for a modern-day picture of polygamy. Other people who practiced polygamy?  Abraham and pretty much everyone else in the Bible.
  • Mormons ARE Christians. The church is titled The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – note the Jesus Christ part of the title. The first Article of Faith, one of the primary beliefs of the Mormon religion, is “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” Which, as you can see is nearly identical to many Christian faiths belief in the Godhead.
  • Mormons believe in an Eternal Family. Mormons are exceptional parents and the foundation of their lifestyle is the family. Like Catholics, Mormons tend to have a lot of children. Not so much because they have to, but because they like to. The family is the center of their lives. They focus on their families in an obsessive sort of way that is really very beautiful. Displayed in the living rooms of my grandmothers, my mother and many Mormons I know is the saying, “No success in life can compensate for failure in the home.”  
  • Mormons believe in, and use, various forms of birth control. They are instructed to have only as many children as they can emotionally and financially care for.
  • Mormons believe in modern-day prophets, rather like the Pope. It is usually a kind elderly man who has been in the LDS administration for many years. They believe he is ordained and called of God. They believe that there are Holy Men that live today and speak to their members about what God wants of them. Their members follow righteously. When one of them dies, another is called of God.
  • Mormons believe, like many religions, that God speaks to people through the Holy Spirit. They believe the Holy Spirit guides their actions, keeping them safe, directing them in the ways they should go.
  • Mormonism is a completely volunteer religion. Bishops (equivalent to Pastors), Youth Leaders, Finance Advisors, nursery workers, everyone is a volunteer. No one gets paid for their service. They also do not get to choose their jobs. They are “called” by God to serve where they are needed and they comply. These jobs are temporary, usually for a year or several.
  • Mormons contribute billions of dollars to international and national Aid. They donate money, food, clothing and medicine around the world. They do it because service is a foundation of their religion. Women make quilts for infants, maxi pads for girls and women, hats and many other things. Once a month on Sundays Mormons fast and the money they would have spent on food, they donate to the poor.
  • Mormons do have a gender-divide like many Christian religions. However, they also have a history of gender-equality. Prior to obtaining statehood, women had the right to vote in Utah. This too, was outlawed by the federal government when they became a state.
  • Mothers generally are encouraged to stay at home with their children. This is considered right and good, not because they are not considered smart enough to compete in the marketplace, but because of the vital importance they place on children and the family. Women pursue the raising of their children with an equivalent ambition to any woman’s profession.
  • Mormons, including Mormon women, are highly educated. They achieve university degrees in order to better educate their children and to provide for their families should their husbands become unemployed or in case they are widowed or if they choose to work outside the home or become work-at-home-mothers and many do.
  • Mormons have a long history of serving in the military. My grandfather, father, sister-in-law, cousins and brother have had careers in military service.
  • Mormons have a strict code of accountability. Mormons believe in tithing, church attendance, moral conduct, healthy behavior, kindness to others, and fiscal responsibility. They are accountable both to the church and to each other.
  • Mormons wear special underwear. However, as I pointed out to my non-Mormon husband, his white undershirt and boxer-briefs are nearly identical, save the all-white color, to what Mormon men wear. If  you wear Spanx or any type of shapewear, your special underwear is far more confining and restrictive than the loose, breathable white cotton or polyester undergarments Mormon women wear. These garments serve to keep Mormons modest, as well as having other special religious meaning to them.
  • Mormons never, ever give up on each other. You can leave the church and 50 years later they will still ask you to come back.
  • Mormons take care of their own. If a Mormon is out of work or going through a poverty spell they are supplied with food, money, clothing, employment, counseling services and anything else they might need.
  • Mormons are not a cult. Any religion made up of millions of people can’t be considered a cult. They are extraordinarily organized. Not given to whimsy.
  • Mormons believe in self-sufficiency. If you were in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina you’d have wanted to find some Mormons. As a tenet of the religion they are advised to keep a storage of food, water and money. They keep survival tools, as well as items to cook, keep warm, travel, and hunt with. They keep 72 hour survival kits. They are extremely active in Boy Scouts. It is common sense. They also believe in the Last Days and intend to survive them, which motivates this tenet.
  • Mormons believe in niceness and politeness. Really, you’re not going to find nicer neighbors, nicer people to work with, kinder friends. If you have a baby, Mormons will bring you meals for two weeks. If someone dies, same thing. If you have sickness in your family, you will have help.
  • Mormons are evangelical, meaning they are encouraged to serve Missions and convert others.They believe they have the Truth and they want everyone to have it too. Boys of 19 and girls of 21 (because older girls rarely date younger boys) are encouraged to go around the world, learning another language, spreading the word of God. Only young adults who have lived under the strictest of moral conduct are eligible to go and those who do go are encouraged to pay for it themselves. It is a great sacrifice. They put off college for two years to do it. It is a great coming of age experience, a great time of growth and very difficult for some. Retired adults are also encouraged to participate in this experience.
  • Mormons hate for people to go to hell. They have three Kingdoms of Heaven to prevent this from happening. The Celestial Kingdom is for those who have lived Holy, Eternal Marriages and kept their Covenants to God; the Telestial is for those who have been Holy but, have not accepted the Mormon faith – even after death; and the Terrestial for those who have been murderers and terrible sinners; Outer Darkness, Mormon’s version of Hell, is reserved only for those who, after death, having been given the chance to accept the truth of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior still choose to reject it. It is one of the most compassionate versions of salvation I’ve ever heard of. Everyone gets a chance after death. They baptize people by proxy after death to account for all of those who were born before Jesus came to earth and those who never had the chance to accept or hear of Jesus during this life.
  • Mormons believe in the Bible as the Word of God. They also believe in the Constitution as inspired by God. They also believe in the Book of Mormon as the Word of God. I, personally, believe all inspiration comes from God — thus, the Holy Spirit.

If you’re not going to vote for Mitt Romney, that’s fine. I’m a Democrat, so I most likely will not. But don’t not vote for him because you’re ignorant about Mormons.

Tracee Sioux is a Law of Attraction Coach at www.traceesioux.com.  She is the author of Love Distortion: Belle, Battered Codependent and Other Love Stories. Contact her at traceesioux@gmail.com.

13 replies
  1. Matt McHugh says:

    You’re omitting the most conspicuously bizarre aspects of Mormon faith (i.e., Joseph Smith and his golden tablets, Jesus visiting North America, and its inherent racism toward non-whites) that brand it as a fabrication rivaled in modern America perhaps only by Scientology. Don’t get me wrong, all religions are, at their core, human-generated fictions, but without much weight of history behind it, Mormonism comes off as particularly delusional.

  2. Tracee Sioux says:

    @Matt, the Book of Mormon was written when a group of people inhabited what is now America prior to white people ever coming here. How could it be racist to non-whites again?

    The Bible and all historical texts are full of all kinds of “isms.”

  3. Jezreel says:

    This is really an eye-opener, I only knew small things about mormons before. With this, I begin to understand more about them. We have some similarities with them in terms of faith and religious practices.

  4. Waverley@uncleaimedfunsnewyork says:

    The church is becoming a part of the American and international mainstream. However, it consciously and intentionally retains its identity as a “peculiar people” set apart from the world by what it believes is its unique relationship with God.

  5. James says:

    Mormonism is not Christian, because they do not preach the Jesus of the Bible. The Jesus that they preach is a made up Jesus. The Bible is very clear that Jesus is God. The mormons do not believe this fact. Therefore they cannot be “Christian”. The book of mormon has had to be revised because of all of the grammatical errors and if read in it’s original condition any educated iindividual could see that Joe smith authored it and NOT God.

  6. Tracee says:

    Evidently you do not understand that Christ was a Jewish Rabbi and therefore also not a Christian. Mormons do not need your permission to declare themselves Christian. Nor does anyone else. Joseph Smith found a document authored by others, which he found buried after he had a vision telling him where it was. The Bible itself was authored by a variety of prophets and it too is full of grammatical errors because it is translated and language itself evolves and changes over time. The Bible is not authored by Christ himself, nor God himself. Look up the definition of “Inspired.” Whether you choose to believe the Book of Mormon as Inspired by God is your business. Whether Mormons determine that they are Christians because they claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior is theirs entirely. I guess we’ll find out if Jesus himself determines whether or not Mormons – or you, for that matter – make the cut when we all die and find out on the other side.

  7. Marlowe says:

    The author left out the part of Mormonism where no women are ever permitted to have any position in Church administration that places her in a position of authority over men. Women are discriminated against in the both the doctrine and the culture of the LDS Church.

    Mitt Romney, while holding a “volunteer” position as an LDS Church leader told a woman who was at risk of dying from complications in an eight-week pregnancy, that she should not have an abortion because his job was to be concerned about the fetus, not the woman, who was the mother of four. He told another Church member, a divorced woman who became pregnant out of wedlock, that she might be ex-communicated by the LDS Church if she failed to obey his instruction (order?) to put up her child for adoption.

  8. Tracee says:

    The first part of the above comment is true – men hold the authority in the LDS Church. (I might point out though that this is true for the majority of world religions, including most dominations of Christianity.)

    The second part is heresay and I’d bet money it is not true. Women and girls have children out of wedlock all the time, including Mormon women, but they are NOT excommunicated by the LDS church if they don’t put their babies up for adoption. It’s a ridiculous accusation.

    Also, bishops and other leaders do give counsel to members regarding moral grey areas like abortion when the mother’s life is at risk. However, It is heresay what Romney’s counsel might have been in this matter, if it is a real matter and not fiction put out to make him look bad during an election. However, I do know other families who have faced this sad situation who have been counseled to have the abortion. Ultimately it’s a couple’s choice in these situations. Mormons are very concerned about the mother, as well as the unborn.

  9. janet says:

    Ok i was raised mormon and stopped going 2 church when i was a teen, i was also adopted as well as 1 brother and 1 sister. The other 2 were biological children. The 2 biological children both went 2 collage, the 3 adopted kids were never offerd that chance. Things were always different 4 us. My dad died 7 years ago, my mom has health issues. The 2 biological children decided it was up 2 them 2 controll everything, we kno nothing about our moms care, how much is being spent or whats being spent of her money. When we ask 2 see the records or ask about her care were told its none of our buisness. My brother is in the high priesthood and my sisters husband was a bishop for many years. I just found out on fb my niece had a baby a few days ago. I had no idea she was even pregnant. They dont like 2 be associated with us cuz we chose not 2 practice. Now this has been this way all my life. My mom broke her hip a few weeks ago at church. My brother and sister never called 2 tell me. They did call my sister at 830 at night, after visiting hours were up so she could tell my brother and me. Now u say they are loving and forgiving and dont judge, ive never known a mormon that was any different then my family. They are very good at judging, they practice very hard at it. All cuz we chose 2 not practice the faith.

  10. Tracee Sioux says:

    Sounds like a personal family problem. My family, and I would dare say, most Mormons do not behave this way toward their family members. I know of an evangelical family who has issues like this. Families are families – some suck. MY Mormon family accepts the gay cousins, the imprisoned cousins and the divorced cousins and the out of wedlock family cousins. They don’t “agree” with all of these lifestyles, but the love is true.

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