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Mormons on Cusp of New Powerful Era
The Hill ^ | July 23, 2012 | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 07/23/2012 9:33:15 AM PDT by greyfoxx39

Next year could be a banner one for Mormons in the nation’s capital, with their numbers and influence likely to grow whether or not Mitt Romney is elected president.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) could raise the number of Mormons in the upper chamber to seven, should he and Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) win in November.

Depending on who controls the Senate, it will have either have a Mormon Senate majority leader in Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or a Mormon president pro tempore and Finance Committee Chairman in Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

And if Romney wins the White House, not only will the United States have its first Mormon president but a number of prominent Mormon Republicans might be selected for plum administration positions.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, especially in a Republican administration, to see members of my faith well represented,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a rising Tea Party star who is Mormon, told The Hill.

“I don’t think that Mormons will be necessarily any more or any less represented in a Romney administration than they would in others…. But sometimes people tend to hire other people that they know, that they’ve worked with in the past.”

There are currently 14 Mormons in Congress: Sens. Reid, Hatch, Heller, Lee, Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Reps. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Those numbers are likely to grow some in the fall.

Flake, who traveled with Romney during the Iowa caucuses, is the frontrunner in both his primary and general election, though another Mormon, businessman Wil Cardon (R), is giving him headaches in the primary. Heller is locked in a tight race with Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.).

Flake’s old House seat will be filled by a Mormon, either former Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) or former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams (R). Chris Stewart, a Mormon Republican, is considered a lock for a newly-created House seat in Utah. Mia Love, the African-American mayor of a small Utah town and a highly touted recruit running against Matheson, is also Mormon.

On top of that, if Romney wins the presidency there are a number of Mormon Republicans who are in line to gain political power.

Chief among them is former Utah governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt (R), a close Romney ally who has been tapped to head Romney’s transition team. He has been mentioned as a possible White House chief of staff.

A number of prominent Mormons have been major Romney donors — the types of people who often wind up getting offered ambassadorships.

These include Bill Marriott, a longtime family friend of Romney’s, and Kevin Rollins, a former partner of Romney’s at Bain & Company. JetBlue founder David Neeleman and Credit Suisse banking division CEO Eric Varvel, both Mormons, are on Romney’s finance team.

“A lot of these folks are very dear friends of his — they’ve known each other for decades now,” Hatch said. “I know every one of them and I don’t know of one of them that wants anything from their donations.”

But Hatch, who was an early Romney backer in 2008 and received Romney’s support in his contested Senate primary this year, said there was a natural tendency for anyone to bring along people they know and trust.

“Let’s face it, you do tend to want to bring some people with you that you know very well, that’s just a natural thing. I don’t care who it is, people all feel the same way,” Sen. Hatch said.

“Should Romney win and bring some of his people into the government, there will be a lot of people who are devout Mormons in positions of power,” said Paul Hatch, a longtime Republican strategist who grew up Mormon in Utah.

“As far as ambassadorships, Romney really does have a very strong donor base among Mormons that he’s cultivated since he ran in 1994 against Ted Kennedy for Senate.”

President Obama has appointed Mormons to serve in his administration, including former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. (R), who served as his ambassador to China. He also tapped Larry Echo Hawk, a former assistant secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Sen. Mike Lee noted that President Reagan named a number of Mormons to top positions, including Lee’s father, Rex, who was Reagan’s first solicitor general.

“While he was there he happened to hire one or two people who happened to be members of the Mormon faith, but that was not a conscious decision of ‘I’ve got to get more Mormons here,’ ” he said.

One of them was Terry Crapo, the brother of Sen. Crapo, who Rex Lee picked to be his deputy but died of leukemia before he could take the job.

“They had gone to [Brigham Young University] together,” Sen. Lee said. “It wasn’t about Mormonism — he was just one of the people he knew, an exceptionally bright lawyer.”

Paul Hatch, who ran Leavitt’s gubernatorial campaign and is now a consultant for Love’s campaign, said that devout Mormons tended to spend more time involved in church activities than those in other religions. He cited the church’s policy of having lay clergymen rather than full-time ministers as a reason.

“For a lot of people the Mormon Church becomes the center of their life. It’s more than going to Temple on Saturday or Mass on Sunday for an hour. People’s social circles are centered on their religious experience, particularly in Utah,” Paul Hatch said.

While Romney had a highly active life outside the church, he had also been heavily involved in its operations in Massachusetts, he added.

“Mormons are often who Mormons know — that’s who they’ve worked with, who they’ve built trust with, and the natural result is they’d bring in some of those people as staffers and assistants.”


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The benefits of governing of the US will go from aiding Obama's "people" to aiding Romney's "people" who make up less that 3% of US populace.

Utah is already a theocracy.

“The Almighty has established this kingdom with order and laws and every thing pertaining thereto…[so] that when the nations shall be convulsed, we may stand forth as saviours…and finally redeem a ruined world, not only in a religious but in a political point of view.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 9, p. 342, April 13, 1862) John Taylor, LDS Prophet and church president.

1 posted on 07/23/2012 9:33:25 AM PDT by greyfoxx39
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To: greyfoxx39

I have been reading articles later about a membership exodus of Mormons.

Once Romney wins the election I expect him to do for Mormonisme kinda what Obama has done for black causes: Set it back a few decades.


2 posted on 07/23/2012 9:39:19 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: greyfoxx39

bigot.


3 posted on 07/23/2012 9:42:45 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: greyfoxx39


...the presidential campaign of Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith in 1844: “Challenging Democrat James Polk and Whig Henry Clay, Smith prophesied that if the U.S. Congress did not accede to his demands that ‘they shall be broken up as a government and God shall damn them.’

Smith viewed capturing the presidency as part of the mission of the church.

4 posted on 07/23/2012 9:56:13 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: cuban leaf
Once Romney wins the election I expect him to do for Mormonisme kinda what Obama has done for black causes: Set it back a few decades.

I dunno, evil has a funny way of staying a float.

5 posted on 07/23/2012 9:57:00 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: pgkdan
bigot


The Doctrine and Covenants

Section 132

Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded 12 July 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant, and also the plurality of wives (see History of the Church, 5:501–7). Although the revelation was recorded in 1843, it is evident from the historical records that the doctrines and principles involved in this revelation had been known by the Prophet since 1831.

1–6, Exaltation is gained through the new and everlasting covenant; 7–14, The terms and conditions of that covenant are set forth; 15–20, Celestial marriage and a continuation of the family unit enable men to become gods; 21–25, The strait and narrow way leads to eternal lives; 26–27, The law is given relative to blasphemy against the Holy Ghost; 28–39, Promises of eternal increase and exaltation are made to prophets and Saints in all ages; 40–47, Joseph Smith is given the power to bind and seal on earth and in heaven; 48–50, The Lord seals upon him his exaltation; 51–57, Emma Smith is counseled to be faithful and true; 58–66, Laws governing the plurality of wives are set forth.

 


 

 16Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in amarriage; but are appointed angels in bheaven, which angels are ministering cservants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.

 17For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are aangels of God forever and ever.

 18And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that acovenant is not by me or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are not joined by me, saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they are out of the world it cannot be received there, because the angels and the gods are appointed there, by whom they cannot pass; they cannot, therefore, inherit my glory; for my house is a house of order, saith the Lord God.

 19And again, verily I say unto you, if a man amarry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and beverlasting covenant, and it is csealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of dpromise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the ekeys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit fthrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s gBook of Life, that he shall commit no hmurder whereby to shed innocent iblood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their jexaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the kseeds forever and ever.

 20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from aeverlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be bgods, because they have call power, and the angels are subject unto them.

 21Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my alaw ye cannot attain to this glory.

 22For astrait is the gate, and narrow the bway that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the clives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me.

 23But if ye receive me in the world, then shall ye know me, and shall receive your exaltation; that awhere I am ye shall be also.

 24This is aeternal lives—to bknow the only wise and true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he hath csent. I am he. Receive ye, therefore, my law.

 25aBroad is the gate, and wide the way that leadeth to the bdeaths; and many there are that go in thereat, because they creceive me not, neither do they abide in my law.


6 posted on 07/23/2012 9:57:46 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: dragonblustar

Yeah, and in the end it will appear to be winning before God settles it once and for all.


7 posted on 07/23/2012 9:59:54 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Elsie
Smith viewed capturing the presidency as part of the mission of the church.

He viewed the presidency like an under age girl.... Couldn't wait to get his hands on it.

8 posted on 07/23/2012 10:00:18 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: cuban leaf

I agree.


9 posted on 07/23/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: greyfoxx39
OMG!

"The 'MORMONS' are coming; the Mormons are coming!"

Hide the children; get out your "magic underwear" or whatever that is everyone keeps bringing up about some of Mormonism quirks.

Oh, and did you know that "Mormons" were responsible for a "Massacre" (Mountain Meadows) ah, never mind it happened once and it was 155 years ago...!

When someone can show me where Mormons call for Global Hegemony and "Forced Conversions" until there is but "One" religion (Mormonism) and any of their members advance "Honor Killings," "Death for Apostasy...or even criticizing the Book of Mormons or Joseph Smith," or advocate the Constitution being replaced by the tenets of Mormonism; etc. then, I'll begin to be "concerned."

10 posted on 07/23/2012 10:02:31 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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The lds-org denies that Jesus is the Creator, that everything was created THROUGH Him, BY Him and FOR Him.

They deny that Jesus created even the angels out of nothing.

They do NOT teach the truth about Jesus.

11 posted on 07/23/2012 10:02:58 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: cuban leaf
Once Romney wins the election I expect him to do for Mormonisme kinda what Obama has done for black causes: Set it back a few decades.

Perhaps in membership numbers in the US. The mormon missionary program is worldwide.

The point of this post is that trading Romney for Obama will just be trading masters...the power will shift to 12 old white men in Salt Lake City. Mitt and most of his fellow temple-worthy co-religionists have taken this oath in ceremonies in mormon temples:

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 the 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 and for the establishment of Zion.

13 posted on 07/23/2012 10:06:13 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Jim Robinson re Romney: "He’s a cartoonish fraud. A caricature in progress." Dittos)
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They deny that Jesus created even the angels out of nothing.

I guess the Jews also deny it but for some reason there's not as much fear and loathing about them. There are also probably other "Christian" denominations who exlicitly or implicitly deny this would be my guess.

14 posted on 07/23/2012 10:07:16 AM PDT by bkepley
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Well, the muslims had a chance and blew it. Might as well give the Mormons a shot.


15 posted on 07/23/2012 10:08:22 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Elsie
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded 12 July 1843,

1843?

Did you forget to include the "Mountain Meadows Massacre" (1857)?

Gee, I don't suppose you can come up with any examples of Mormons who follow, advance and preach Smith's words and tenets (LITERALLY) today?

No doubt you have some quotes by Mitt Romney which shows he support Smith's declarations and adheres thereto?

16 posted on 07/23/2012 10:08:52 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet
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To: pgkdan
bigot.

Bigotry is 52,000 mormon missionaries going out every day worldwide knocking on the doors of Christians and proclaiming their Christian faith is bogus, and the only way to gain salvation is to be baptized and confirmed mormon and to take part in rituals in mormon temples.

17 posted on 07/23/2012 10:09:01 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (Jim Robinson re Romney: "He’s a cartoonish fraud. A caricature in progress." Dittos)
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To: greyfoxx39

Same kind of attack the Left used to launch against the Moral Majority three decades ago.

“You don’t want to live under a dictatorship of religious zealots, do you? They’ll take away your Budweiser, your porn and your condoms...”


18 posted on 07/23/2012 10:11:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: pgkdan
That’s easier isn't it...
19 posted on 07/23/2012 10:12:10 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
Conservative Vermont Vet:
" Oh, and did you know that "Mormons" were responsible for a "Massacre" (Mountain Meadows) ah, never mind it happened once and it was 155 years ago...!"

So after accusing EVERYONE of being antiMormon,
YOU celebrate the Meadow Mountain Massacre, making light
of it. Do tell.

It was an atrocity like 911.
Yet YOUR CANDIDATE supports the 911 Victory Mosque.

Is there also a Meadow Mountain Massacre Victory Mosque?

20 posted on 07/23/2012 10:13:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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