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19 August 2012

A Glimpse Into Mitt Romney’s Mormon Faith

August 19, 2012

New York Times

Mitt Romney often keeps his activities as a devout adherent of the Mormon faith at some distance from the press, but on Sunday his campaign aides let a pool reporter attend services near his vacation home in Wolfeboro, N.H. The report by the pool reporter, McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed, contains some interesting observations of the Romney family and the service, as excerpted below, as filed:

Good Sunday morning.

“Following an hourlong drive from their Concord, NH hotel, your pool arrived in Mitt Romney’s Wolfeboro neighborhood at about 9:00 am. After getting swept, we joined the Romney motorcade at 9:50 and are en route to a Mormon church service nearby. Campaign aides say reporters will be allowed into the service with the governor. We haven’t seen him yet.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/a-glimpse-into-mitt-romneys-mormon-faith/

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Romney Attends Mormon Services, Media Attends Too

August 19, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek

Mitt Romney today revealed a side of his life he’s rarely shown publicly when he attended Mormon religious services near his New Hampshire home in full view of the media.

Romney, 65, is the first Mormon to clinch the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party, and he doesn’t speak often to voters about his faith in any great detail.

His church attendance was on display today in large part because his campaign on Aug. 6 started allowing what’s called a protective pool of reporters to follow every movement he makes, whether by plane or by motor vehicle. While cameras weren’t allowed inside the church in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, a small group of reporters were allowed to attend and take notes.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-19/romney-attends-mormon-services-with-media-in-attendance

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Mitt Romney and President Obama take a break from the campaign trail to attend Sunday service

August 19, 2012

New York Daily News

Ann Romney joined an impromptu choir of women at the front of the church in singing “Because I Have Been Given Much,” and after the service wrapped up her husband shook hands with congregants around him.

Romney is a devout member of the Mormon church and has been a church leader, but has said little about his faith publicly since kicking off his presidential campaign.

Romney’s reticence on his religion is calculated not to provoke a key part of the Republican base, evangelical Christians, who generally hold skeptical attitudes toward Mormonism.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mitt-romney-president-obama-a-break-campaign-trail-attend-sunday-service-article-1.1139827

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Mitt at prayer: Mormon reporter covers his trip to Mormon church service–UPDATED

August 19, 2012

Patheos

After a second hymn, “He died, the great redeemer died,” young men clad in white shirts and ties passed out the sacrament — small pieces of white bread and cups of water that symbolize the flesh and blood of Jesus, similar to Catholic communion. Taking the sacrament is a sign of repentance for sins committed in the past and a commitment to follow the commandments in the future.

Romney, Ann (wearing a long pink patterned skirt and a white blouse) and everyone in Tagg’s family took the sacrament. At one point, the boy passing out the bread moved in before Gov. Romney got to take it, and Tagg signaled for him to return so he could partake.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2012/08/mitt-at-prayer-mormon-reporter-covers-his-trip-to-mormon-church-service/

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Mitt Romney takes a break to attend church, press in tow

Chicago Tribune (Illinois)

Romney, dressed in a blue suit, joined nearly 100 other congregants in singing hymns. Young men in white shirts and ties passed out the sacrament, small pieces of white bread and cups of water that symbolize the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. Each of the Romneys took the sacrament.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-la-pn-mitt-romney-takes-a-break-to-attend-church-press-in-tow-20120819,0,7766493.story

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I Went To Church With Mitt Romney This Morning

August 19, 2012

BuzzFeed

After a couple of hymns, including one titled “He Died, the Great Redeemer Died,” a gaggle of teenage boys in white shirts and ties walked down the aisles passing out trays of bread and water that symbolize the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. When one of the boys accidentally moved on before the tray got to Romney, Tagg gestured for him to return. The candidate quietly partook in the ordinance, which represents repentance for past sins and a renewed commitment to avoid them in the future. It’s a key tenet of Mormonism — this notion of constant spiritual course-correction — and a campaign aide would later tell me that, wherever Romney finds himself on Sundays, he tries to attend a Mormon Sacrament meeting.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/i-went-to-church-with-mitt-romney-this-morning

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Scripture, Song and Six Grandchildren: Romneys Open Church Doors to Press

August 19, 2012

New York Times

After the closing prayer, which asked for God’s guidance through the rest of the day, Mr. Romney wiped his eyes. He then headed to Sunday school, which was not open to reporters. Roughly a half-hour before the final class ended, Mr. and Mrs. Romney emerged from church with another woman from the congregation, who seemed startled by the cameras awaiting the Romneys.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/us/politics/romneys-at-church-scripture-songs-and-six-grandchildren.html

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Mitt Romney takes a break, attends church, visits with family before next week’s convention

August 19, 2012

Washington Post

Mitt Romney is attending church Sunday and relaxing with family as he prepares for a campaign sprint towards next week’s Republican convention in Florida.

The presidential candidate attended the Mormon church in Wolfeboro, N.H., with his wife, Ann. Their son Tagg, his wife, Jen, and several of their young children joined them.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romney-takes-a-break-attends-church-visits-with-family-before-next-weeks-convention/2012/08/19/db0fdb16-ea0a-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html

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Romney takes a break from campaign, attends church

August 19, 2012

Boston Globe (Massachusetts)

Mitt Romney is attending church Sunday and relaxing with family as he prepares for a campaign sprint towards next week’s Republican convention in Florida.

The presidential candidate attended the Mormon church in Wolfeboro, N.H., with his wife, Ann. Their son Tagg, his wife, Jen, and several of their young children joined them.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2012/president/candidates/romney/2012/08/19/romney-takes-break-from-campaign-attends-church/GlqutT3miXpk6Yt9Lozo4I/story.html

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Why race is still a problem for Mormons

August 19, 2012

Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minnesota)

In a June 1978 letter, the first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proclaimed that “all worthy male members of the Church may be ordained to the priesthood without regard for race or color.”

Men of African descent could now hold the priesthood, the power and authority exercised by all male members of the church in good standing. Such a statement was necessary, because until then, blacks were relegated to a very second-class status within the church.

The revelation may have lifted the ban, but it neither repudiated it nor apologized for it. “It doesn’t make a particle of difference,” the Mormon apostle Bruce R. McConkie proclaimed a few months later, “what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June of this year, 1978.”

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/166693426.html?refer=y

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Mormon Mitt Romney: The enigma

August 19, 2012

Daily News and Analysis

The fresh-faced bishop looked out at his congregation from the pulpit of the new chapel in the well-heeled Boston suburb of Belmont and began his Sunday morning sermon.

“Where much is given, much is required,” he told those in the pews in front of him, emphasising the need to apply the scriptures in their homes, with their neighbours and at their work.

The year was 1985 and the bishop was a 38-year-old Mitt Romney. He and his wife Ann were raising a brood of five boys aged under 16 and he had just founded Bain Capital, a new player in the emerging world of private equity.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_mormon-mitt-romney-the-enigma_1729948

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Profile: Trying to see into the heart of Mitt Romney

August 19, 2012

Chicago Daily Herald (Illinois)

But some of the influences that helped make Romney the man he is are apparent. His father, for one. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which, for believers, is considered as much a way of life as it is a religion. Romney, who rarely talks about his faith in public, grew up steeped in the Mormon tradition, which emphasizes family, service, industriousness, tenaciousness and humility.

There is no paid hierarchy in the Mormon faith and male church members serve as lay leaders. Romney spent about 14 years as a bishop and stake president, an ecclesiastical leader who oversaw a dozen congregations and thousands of worshippers in New England. Though he had a demanding business career and was raising five boys, Romney devoted up to 25 hours a week to church duties — giving sermons, visiting the sick and counseling members about everything from work to marriage. He once described himself as a “true-blue through and through” believer, though he has taken pains to declare that the teachings of the church would not influence his obligations as president.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120819/news/708199926/

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Slate’s explainer: Mormons vs. Catholics

August 19, 2012

Bradenton Herald (Florida)

Mormon mistrust of the Roman Catholic Church came to a head with the 1958 publication of Bruce R. McConkie’s encyclopedia-like Mormon Doctrine, which was not an official LDS publication, though McConkie was a low-ranking church leader. McConkie’s entry for Catholicism simply referred readers to another entry called “Church of the Devil,” which explicitly identified the Roman Catholic Church as being “most abominable above all other churches.”

McConkie’s book so upset the Catholic bishop of Salt Lake City that he visited the LDS church president in tears, which convinced the LDS leader to rein in anti-Catholic sentiment. Derogatory references to the Catholic Church were removed from later editions of Mormon Doctrine (which is now out of print), and Mormon-Catholic relations in Utah became much friendlier in the 1960s and thereafter.

http://www.bradenton.com/2012/08/19/4162375/slates-explainer-mormons-vs-catholics.html

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Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket reflects religious shift

August 19, 2012

USA Today

Mormons see themselves as Christian and many scholars, but not all evangelicals, agree.

There’s history to this. Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the early 1800s, “announced he had been called to set Christianity straight,” says Robert Millet, professor of religion at Brigham Young University. Smith preached that the historic churches — their bishops, priests and pastors — had lost their divine authority and he offered a radically different vision of God, Jesus and the path to salvation.

Today, Millet says, “Mormons and Catholics are side by side with evangelicals in sharing very conservative beliefs in the traditional family, and in the idea that there are absolute truths and moral values.”

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-08-19/romney-ryan-ticket-religious-shift/57147738/1

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Romney-Ryan ticket reflects religious shift

August 19, 2012

Tucson Citizen (Arizona)

The groups stand together in opposing abortion, same-sex marriage, and a provision in Obama’s health care law. It requires employers, including faith-based institutions, to provide or facilitate employee insurance coverage for contraception. When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called the rule an affront to religious liberty, Mormons were right with them, Millet says.

The Bishop John Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City says “we have a healthy relationship and work closely on issues of compassion.”

http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-news/2012/08/19/romney-ryan-ticket-reflects-religious-shift/

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For Romney: Coffee is a Mormon no-no, but coffee ice cream OK

August 19, 2012

East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

Mitt Romney joins other observant Mormons in shunning alcohol and coffee. He apparently draws the line at ice cream.

The Republican presidential candidate ordered coffee ice cream at Millie’s restaurant in Nantucket Saturday when he bought treats for his staff and mingled with diners. His aides selected flavors including vanilla, rocky road, butter pecan and birthday cake ice cream.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/politics/article_da7c6d68-ea4b-11e1-9e8f-001a4bcf887a.html

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Romney takes a break from campaign, attends church

August 19, 2012

Bismark Tribune (North Dakota)

Mitt Romney is attending church Sunday and relaxing with family as he prepares for a campaign sprint towards next week’s Republican convention in Florida.

The presidential candidate attended the Mormon church in Wolfeboro, N.H., with his wife, Ann. Their son Tagg, his wife, Jen, and several of their young children joined them.

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/national/romney-takes-a-break-from-campaign-attends-church/article_c1faaf0e-62f7-543c-8a57-9898bea9234f.html

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The Profit

August 19, 2012

Auburn Journal (California)

In 1970, the Cougar Club at Brigham Young University (an all male – all white club, because blacks were excluded from the Mormon Church) at BYU was buzzing with the rumor that the Club president, Willard Romney, would become the first Mormon president of the United States.

Brigham Young University was destined to spawn the man who would fulfill the prophecies of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith Jr. regarding the White Horse.

http://my.auburnjournal.com/detail/216079.html

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For The First Time, No WASPs This Election

August 19, 2012

NPR

WERTHEIMER: Now, the first Catholic president was Kennedy in 1960. There are two Catholics on the tickets this time around – Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. But Romney is the first Mormon ever to make it to the place he’s made it to. Is that important?

PROTHERO: I think so. And I think we’re in for a conversation now in this election, both about what Mormonism is all about. I think Governor Romney isn’t really keen on talking about that ’cause he knows it’s controversial. But I think we’re going to have more conversation about what kind of impact do Mormon beliefs and practices have on ones politics.

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/19/159194196/for-the-first-time-no-wasps-this-election

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Utah’s Old Cove Fort offers glimpse of pioneer life

August 19, 2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)

When Utah was being settled, little Cove Creek became a logical stopping point along a major overland trail from Salt Lake City to California. It had been in use for many years before Mormon leader Brigham Young decided it was a likely spot for a better-equipped wayside, though not for a large population because water was limited. In 1867, the church leader asked Ira Hinckley to establish such a facility.

Leaving his family at home in Coalville, Utah, Hinckley traveled to the site, where a wooden palisade-style fort stood abandoned. He marked out a new structure in the form of a square measuring 100 feet on each side. Workers and craftsmen – church members from established communities – helped build the new fort. Sheltered in the old palisade, work crews labored from April to November 1867.

http://www.lvrj.com/living/utah-s-old-cove-fort-offers-glimpse-of-pioneer-life-166681146.html?ref=146

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Romney takes a break from campaign, attends church

August 19, 2012

Associated Press

Mitt Romney is attending church Sunday and relaxing with family as he prepares for a campaign sprint towards next week’s Republican convention in Florida.
The presidential candidate attended the Mormon church in Wolfeboro, N.H., with his wife, Ann. Their son Tagg, his wife, Jen, and several of their young children joined them.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iyKx-TEdaVHXlwDyXz9lQQagTsAA?docId=5145df7b228e48eba15f27ef11394188

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TRIB TALK

August 19, 2012

Columbia Daily Tribune (Missouri)

“I enjoyed today’s little bit about Mitt Romney and Tom Cruise and scientology. I found it curious, though, that the Book of Mormon is capitalized and ‘scientology’ isn’t. It seems to me that ‘scientology’ is a proper noun. The word ‘English’ is capitalized, ‘Mitt’ is capitalized, but ‘scientology’ isn’t capitalized. I quite enjoy the cuteness of the issue. I personally do scientology and find it curious people criticize scientology who haven’t even read a book — haven’t a clue, but that’s neither here nor there. It should be capitalized, huh? Why not? I can’t figure it.”

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2012/aug/19/talk081912/

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Volunteers From The Church of Latter Day Saints Give Erica’s House a Facelift

August 20, 2012

Pacific News Center (Guam)

Erica’s House got a fresh make-over Saturday from a group of roughly 80 volunteers from the island’s Church of Latter Day Saints.

Nearly 60 youth and 20 adult volunteers gathered at Erica’s House Saturday afternoon and despite the bad weather, they managed to do some painting, plant some flowers, and spruce up the out-door playground used by the children.

The Mormon youth were participating in an annual 3-day island-wide youth conference which included a community service project.

http://www.pacificnewscenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26474:ericas-house-gets-facelift-from-church-of-latter-day-saints-volunteers-&catid=45:guam-news&Itemid=156

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30 Seconds: Liberals and conservatives are here, oh my

August 19, 2012

Times Reporter (Ohio)

Before you Republicans get on the Rev. Wright smear campaign, just a fact about Brigham Young, one of the founders of the Mormon church. He had 57 wives and 53 children and bragged about never having stepped in a school building. The other founder, Joseph Smith, was murdered by a mob in Pittsburgh.

http://www.timesreporter.com/opinion/x1260724238/30-Seconds-Liberals-and-conservatives-are-here-oh-my

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