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Mormons in Mourning: Post Election Depression
A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman ^ | November 2, 2012 | Kathryn Skaggs

Posted on 12/29/2012 9:10:37 AM PST by greyfoxx39

From childhood it has been my nature to find that double rainbow in even the worst adversity I've experienced throughout my life, and like so many of you I've had my share. As an adult I am now well conditioned to find it immediately -- as I've learned that to do so I'm able to overcome a setback much quicker, press forward -- come what may. (Of note, this usually accompanies a very fast turn to Christ as part of the process.) But on occasion, life's disappointments refuse to allow such expediency and we are compelled to pause briefly -- rest on why that is -- and find the possible lessons to be learned, seemingly necessary.
So, today I want to pause from my normal, upbeat blogging style to acknowledge what I've been observing throughout my Mormon community since Mitt Romney's bid to become the first President of the United States failed: post election depression.

Like many of you hoping to celebrate the 2012 election results, I was ready to enthusiastically write that historic victory post, not only here, but also on the Washington Post:

Mitt Romney First Mormon President of the United States!

But alas, what many Mormons have been anticipating, praying for and some going so far as to fast for -- some believing it God's will -- were literally left devastated at the final election results! I know this because I've read what you think and heard what many of you are saying. And let me be quite honest here -- I've been somewhat taken back at the public displays of both anger and disappointment displayed by many members through the use of social media and on social networks -- causing me to wonder how future scripture would describe us as a people and what lessons our behaviors would teach future generations.

But please know, I'm not here to judge anyone -- I'm sincerely concerned by such outcry. Strange enough, I read an article a few days before the election suggesting that either way, a Romney win or defeat,
Mormons would not have much of a reaction . Boy did that lady have us wrong! I knew how excited we would all be if it were to have been a victory, but truly I had no idea the level of sadness and/or anger that I would witness by members I personally know and associate with. And this observation is not mine alone. I've receive a few emails from other members expressing this same concern -- which has ultimately driven this post.

I can't really say why, for sure, that my own immediate response turned to finding the positive for Mormonism, in general -- of which I wrote election night and
posted here, and then turned to give my response, as promised, whatever that was to be, to the Washington Post's On Faith Blog -- but somehow I was blessed to be given a view that enabled me to find a triple rainbow -- right away!

How grateful I am for that immediate blessing. Little did I know but that our little band of latter-day saints would collectively be so saddened by these election results. Let me just say, because I know if I don't I will be called out: but I do realize that for many of you it had little or nothing to do with the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon -- as I stand in that place -- but for many it was. And that's okay.

I'm not really sure why such extreme responses by so many members. I do realize that many believe this country is heading into some very dark days, and that by having Mitt Romney, a Republican and a Mormon, surely we could course correct this seeming downward spiral -- and with his loss such hopes have been dashed! I get this thought process and I'm sure there's much more that I'm not understanding -- or get -- but I'm still asking myself why? Why such sadness?

I found this quote by President Ezra Taft Benson responding to the popular Mormon belief that our Constitution would hang by a thread (which it likely is), and that the Elders of Israel would basically rise to save the day. I do have a concern that some of the sadness or disappointment being felt might possibly be connected to these thoughts, some feeling that Mitt Romney was the man for the job. And FYI, this 'prophecy' known as the
White Horse Prophecy, is not official doctrine of the Church.

"I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. But it will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church -- men and women who will subscribe to and abide the principles of the Constitution" (Source: CHB 28-31)
So, according to President Benson, and I don't know what other leaders have said on this topic, but it seems to me that the answer to the Constitution problem will not be solved by one powerful person in government -- but individual members.

How that happens I can't say for sure, but I do believe that education and the preaching of the gospel will have a powerful influence on society as one-by-one individuals turn to God and choose to manage their lives according to His laws. And His laws are in harmony with the "principles of the Constitution".

As we reflect on the what now question and the where do we go from here question it begins to become more clear that the results of this election are that the gates to share the gospel have been blasted wide open and we've all got a lot of work ahead of us. And indeed it may not be too far fetched to suggest that the
lowering of the missionary age requirement, prompting a significant increase in new missionary applications, was the inspired work of our beloved watchmen on the tower -- knowing full well what is ahead.

Michael Otterson, who manages Church Public Affairs, globally, just published an excellent article over at On Faith, wherein he takes a look at:
What lies ahead for Mormons...

"More visibility is not necessarily the same as increased understanding. In reality, a presidential election campaign is probably the worst time to try to educate and inform, because politics by its nature is divisive and often shrill. Many people are ready to believe the worst if it comports with their political leanings. But with the heat and divisiveness of a political campaign behind us, thoughtful Mormons can now look to the possibility of having more serious discussions with others about our faith, and especially about how our theology translates into the way we live."

Isn't that a great point?

Before we move on though, you should know that you're not alone in feeling sad or depressed. Pretty much everyone I know who was hoping that Romney would win the election, and not just Mormons, are feeling pretty blue right now. From what I've observed, there's a whole lot of chocolate going on! ; ) I just thought it might be helpful to acknowledge it and maybe even share some feelings.


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To: BillyBoy

bill, you might be told that Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was more of a charismatic pentecostal which is why the Catholics gave him such a hard time at first. And that if he prayed a bit more, he would have become the first Baptist.


21 posted on 12/29/2012 10:33:37 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (campaigned for local conservatives only)
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To: greyfoxx39
Given the response to the article in the Globe, Tagg Romney, Mitt’s son, dropped a bombshell when interviewed. It seems Mitt didn’t even WANT to be President!

I don't believe for one second that Mitt didn't want to be president. He's always wanted to be president.

What I want to know is how Mormon inc. reconciles with the Morons who worked actively to defeat Romney and supported Obama?

Harry Reid and others also contributed to the defeat of Romney, how can Mormon inc pretend that didn't happen?

22 posted on 12/29/2012 11:11:10 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: greyfoxx39
Have to be careful when interpreting prophecy. In the Bible, the Heroic Rider on the White Horse is the Lord Jesus Christ, who rides out of Heaven when he returns, in Revelation 19.

There is another, non-heroic rider on a white horse, in Revelation 6. He, unlike the rider of Revelation 19, is earthbound. He has a bow but no arrows, and a crown, a sign of power. He rides out conquering and to conquer. This rider is the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Some interpreters, and this is my view, believe that this earthbound rider is the Antichrist.


23 posted on 12/29/2012 11:59:57 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: knarf
" .. causing me to wonder how future scripture would describe us .. "

Stopped reading right there"

If I understand correctly, Mormon "scripture" is always changing.....one of their elders gets a revelation, and bingo, new scripture.

24 posted on 12/29/2012 12:06:56 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: teppe; Colofornian; Elsie; svcw; Zakeet; Tennessee Nana; aMorePerfectUnion; Godzilla; fishtank; ...
Teppe - just a little FR Netiquette: I understand that when you identify a FReeper by name --- as at 8 -- you're supposed to ping them.

No, I'm not taking sides here. In fact, I'm ducking out. Bye!

25 posted on 12/29/2012 12:13:38 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts. - Sergeant Joe Friday)
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To: teppe; Colofornian; Elsie; svcw; Zakeet; Tennessee Nana; aMorePerfectUnion; Godzilla; fishtank; ...
Teppe - just a little FR Netiquette: I understand that when you identify a FReeper by name --- as at 8 -- you're supposed to ping them.

No, I'm not taking sides here. In fact, I'm ducking out. Bye! <