Sunday, July 08, 2007

Is Mitt Romney honest about his religion?

Mitt Romney recently said, "I must admit I can't imagine anything more awful than polygamy" (Source: Mitt Romney, Mormon presidential candidate for the Republican party, Time magazine, page 20, May 18, 2007. Watch a short video clip here. Watch a longer video clip here.

Mormon scripture states in the Doctrine and Covenants section 132: "I [the Mormon Jesus] reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant [of plural marriage, i.e. polygamy]; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory" (vs. 4) … "They [virgin girls given as polygamous wives to the male] are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, … and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified" (vs. 63).

As this last verse explains, polygamy is a divine practice in heaven, and yet Romney considers what "his Lord" demands as "awful." Does he think he will spend eternity in an awful state of existence as a god practicing polygamy? If so, would he want to go to the highest degree of glory in the Mormon heaven where polygamy is a necessary practice? Does he really feel that way, or is he trying to appeal to the American public as someone who won't legalize polygamy if he were president?

Then there is the problem that Mormonism is not like other mainstream religions. For example, in a secret Mormon temple rite Romney has done the following. In a group of fellow Mormons in a private theater-like room Romney stood during his first visit to the temple (and does so every subsequent visit) and did the following:

[a Mormon director said,] "All arise. (All patrons stand [including Romney].) Each of you bring your right arm to the square."

"You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar, that you do accept the Law of Consecration as contained in this, (The Officiator holds up a copy of the [Mormon] Doctrine and Covenants again.), the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, in that you do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth [Mormonism] and for the establishment of Zion [the future Mormon Kingdom]."

"Each of you bow your head and say 'yes."

PATRONS [including Romney]: "Yes."

[Officator]: "That will do." (All patrons sit down.)

Source. For more information on the LDS temple ceremony and actual audio see

I will leave it to my reader to put two and two together here linking Romney's swearing cult-like allegiance to building up Mormonism with ALL his time, talent, and earthly blessings and what that would mean if he were to become U.S. President.

On the Charlie Rose show Romney is confronted with the Mormon doctrine that Jesus will return to Missouri and his God was fathered by another God; to watch the entire interview click here. After calling a core Mormon doctrine (polygamy) awful in front of Mike Wallace Romney said to the interviewer on the Charlie Rose show that she didn't get those doctrines right when she said his god has a material body; but his own scripture states that "God has a body of flesh and bone" (D&C 130: 22). Every Mormon knows this! And if one studies the Mormon scriptures (the Doctrine and Covenants) they will learn that Missouri is in fact exactly where Jesus will allegedly return to earth, see here for evidence.

Romney was a high up leader in the LDS church, so there's no way he didn't know this. It would be like an interviewer saying to Billy Graham, "don't you believe Jesus rose from the dead and also believe in one God," and Graham saying to the interviewer that they didn't get those doctrines right.

In the video clip here, put together by some Evangelical Christians, they demonstrate that when Romney says the interviewer didn't get the doctrine right, she in fact did get it right and they spend over a half hour showing that is exactly what Mormon doctrine says.

Ok, maybe I'm being too harsh on Romney and being to nit picky? Maybe he misunderstood the questions. But if that were the case why do we have him in this clip here stating again that Mormons believe that Jesus will return to Jerusalem rather than Missouri when that clearly isn't the case!?

Look, what we have here is a clear pattern of deception. He is more than just dodging the questions, that I could accept as most politicians do this. But to deny and lie about what you know to be true is unethical. Perhaps he is embarrassed by Mormon doctrines, or he thinks he will lose votes if he is honest and forthcoming, which I can understand. But if he really believes Mormonism is true then he believes that it is the "spirit" that will convict of its truthfulness. Therefore, he should be honest and forthcoming unafraid of losing votes for he, as a Mormon, should believe the spirit will witness to the public that God is an exalted man fathered by another God, Jesus is going to fly down from the sky and land in Missouri rather than Jerusalem, and polygamy is an eternal doctrine.

So why isn't Romney honest and forthcoming about his beliefs? Perhaps Romney has been taking lessons from this guy.

Let me make one thing clear, I am not anti-Mormon; some of my friends and family are Mormon. This is about telling the truth. I am a former Mormon missionary so I know the tactics the church uses to withhold information and not offer full-disclosure. I am not protesting a Mormon candidate for president, I am protesting deception and hiding the truth.

For more videos on Romney see here. If you would like to learn more about Mormonism see my website here.

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