Yeah, I'm sure you have probably heard about it right? It's been a topic of discussion as of late within the republican debates and as the candidates have been seeking support across the country.
I think while most people don't want to make religion a major issue in a presidential race, a Mormon president would be a new thing for this county and the world. The media has touched on Romney being a Mormon, but they haven't done a good job of explaining what that will actually mean or what that could possibility effect if he is elected.
First off, Mormon is a nickname, the name church members use most often is: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LDS is another short name, which I'll use from here on out.
While I can't tell you how deeply Romney understands or believes LDS doctrine and ideas, what I can do is help a little bit in clarifying some of the viewpoints LDS have about America. Most of these views are influenced by the scriptures we believe in, which are the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenant's. Some of these idea's, doctrine's and viewpoints you may find very similar to the general populace. Others you may find somewhat new to you and unique to the LDS perspective.
I would like to clarify again that I do not know exactly what Romney personally believes. In the church there are various ideas and people, while we seek for unity; liberty of thought with political and religious freedoms are held in very high regard. The overlaying idea or policy in the church is to teach people correct principles and let them govern themselves (an idea Joseph Smith preached). And the church does not endorse one party or platform. Plus, Nowadays more LDS live outside the U.S. than inside. So, keep that in mind as these are points that I picked to share about, and are taken from my point of view as well.
Here are some things I want to point out.
First, the Founding Fathers were divinely inspired in the creating of the United States of America; which various individual's and groups were inspired to prepare for. Such times as the the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Exploring Era and the Revolutionary War were inspired to happen or used to usher in the final dispensation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is what started the restoration period focusing around Joseph Smith and others, and is to continue as the gospel goes throughout all the world till the coming of Christ again.
Second, the constitution was inspired by God to protect and move the world towards freedom and prosperity. It should be supported. It will be part of the law to be followed throughout the world after the second coming of Christ, including freedom of speech and religion. Even though Christ will reign over the whole earth, in his kingdom people will be permitted to believe what they choose under the law.
Third, the future of America is mostly very bright. A bit before and leading up to the second coming of Jesus, a new city and a world capital will be built called Zion, the New Jerusalem. This will be a powerful and peace loving place that is protected and blessed.
Check back soon for my other points!
This is the first in a three-part series.