Dear Mormon Friends, It’s Time to Go “All-In” for Mitt

Well, we’ve encouraged evangelicals to support Gov. Romney since 2005.

Today, we talk directly to our Mormon friends via Mitt Romney Central.  Our letter begins:

Nancy and I started Evangelicals for Mitt in 2006 with one simple idea: To enlist the mighty machinery of evangelical activism behind the single best candidate for President of the United States, Mitt Romney. Even then we could see the need for a man of Mitt’s unique talents and now – with labor participation the lowest in 30 years and with the most sluggish recovery since the Great Depression – the need is even greater.

We were more idealistic back in those days. Convinced of Mitt’s merits, we saw our task as relatively easy. Introduce Mitt to evangelicals, deal with the relatively easy questions about theology and politics, and then watch him win social conservatives on his way to the White House. Of course politics is never easy, and there are always competitors for the same set of voters. First Mike Huckabee won enough evangelicals to hand John McCain the nomination in 2008, then Rick Santorum swept southern conservatives and challenged Mitt for the evangelical vote in 2012.

But now, all that is past. Evangelicals are finally united behind Mitt (even 2008 Huckabee supporter – and coolest action star in the universe – Chuck Norris is pleading with evangelicals to vote Barack Obama out of office), and Mitt’s rivaling George Bush’s astounding share of the evangelical vote in 2008. Pro-Obama evangelicals are coming back home to the Republican Party after Obama’s almost four-year assault on religious liberty and his zealous support for abortion. In short, evangelicals – as theologically and culturally divided as we are – will be there for Mitt on election day.

Curiously, however, we’ve heard disturbing reports that LDS Mitt supporters are hanging back just a bit. Some are afraid of stereotyping (“just because I’m Mormon doesn’t mean I’m going to automatically support Mitt. After all, I can’t stand Harry Reid!”), but many more seem just a bit confused about the role of the church in politics. If the LDS church is politically neutral, how can you use your church relationships to mobilize voters and donors?

But is that the right way to think about this election, dear Mormon friends?  Not at all!  Read the rest here.

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  • mapman

    I don’t appreciate you implying that my church is lying when it says that “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” The LDS church has positions on other moral issues than abortion (which doesn’t fit either party’s platforms) and religious freedom. You seem to think that those are the only important issues. The LDS church thinks things like being compassionate to illegal immigrants and taking care of the earth are also important. Please stop using us in your culture wars. Harry Reid is just as good a Mormon as Mitt Romney.

    I do appreciate your efforts to have Evangelicals think better of Mormons, so thanks for that.

  • David French

    I have no idea what you’re talking about when you say that we’re implying that the LDS church is lying. I’m afraid you’re just making things up.

  • Robin Eacret

    I would like to point out a couple of things to you mapman:
    1. Harry Reid is not fit to shine Mitt Romney’s shoes, ESPECIALLY after lying about his tax returns. The entire world also knows that he was re-elected by FRAUD. When exit polls show someone getting only 15-20% Of the vote and they get over twice that, something is very wrong!
    2. The LDS Church also tells us to follow the law of the land. Illegals are NOT doing that.

  • Joyce Wilson

    As an active Latter-day Saint I will NOT be voting for Romney. This decision has nothing to do with his being a member of the same church it has to do with is lack of a stand on just about every issue.

  • Lau de Lino

    Thanks David and Nancy for all you do! You have built a lot of bridges. Yes, I’m afraid that many members of the Church think they are supposed to be neutral because the Church is politically neutral. Wrong! I’ll be shaking the trees as hard as I can! Again, thank you!

  • Agkcrbs

    How would you feel if we made instantaneously falsifiable claims about you, Sister Wilson? Go to Romney’s site, surf MRC, and come back and just plainly admit your party bias, rather than shaming yourself and your fellow believers with such a wildly implausible accusation.

  • Jettboy

    I’m sorry, but this is not going to motivate Mormons to contribute more to helping Romney win the election. If there is one thing Mormons hate more than anything, its getting told by outsiders what to do (or what they believe *wink*). Everyone thinks that Mormons treat politics like any other religious group and so are always wondering why Romney doesn’t wear his Mormonism on his sleeve. They then, usually liberal reporters, start wondering if he is ashamed or afraid to bring it up. They just don’t get that Mormons don’t do politics like everyone else.

    The convention should have showcased why Mormons don’t bring their religion into the political mix. Notice the three times that Mormonism came up during the Republican convention. There was the testimonial’s of Romney congregants. There was the prayer by a Mormon. Finally, there was Romney mentioning it in his acceptance speech. What did they have in common? All three of them were devoid of direct politics. Mormons may believe strongly in mixing morality with politics, but they don’t believe in mixing religion with politics. They have a collective memory what happens when both sides of an issue do that; and Mormons are often the ones that lose.

    How, then, to motivate Mormons to support Romney? Flattery. Embracing them as equals. Telling them that you have THEIR backs, and not that you need them to do something for you. Mormons are fiercely independent. They have had to be as a minority that not many people have liked. The question isn’t what can we Mormons do, but ask, “what can we non-Mormons do to help you?” There is no one answer to that question.

  • David French

    It’s obvious from your comment that you don’t know much about our six year history publicly supporting Mitt and embracing our LDS friends as equals. If you’d googled us for as long as you spent composing your message, it would be quite different. And FYI, we were asked to write that post by our LDS friends who’ve been actively involved in supporting Mitt as long as we have.

  • Darin Scott

    What are you talking about? “Harry Reid is just as good a Mormon as Mitt Romney”? Are you crazy? Harry Reid is a total sell-out, one of those accusing Mitt Romney of fraud on his tax returns – tax returns Harry Reid has never seen! Jon Huntsman is another borderline sell-out. The Democrats are a FALLEN party. Watch this video showing the Democrat Party voting to reinstate God into their platform and the delegates have to begged and eventually they just reinstate it anyways. FALLEN PARTY:

  • Darin Scott

    Don’t worry about it David. Thanks for this call for Mormons to support Mitt. There are still some who do not and their reasons are misinformed. Thanks.

  • Jettboy

    I have followed you for some time and respect what you have done. My point is that, regardless of what your Mormon friends might have requested, this letter is not going to help. This comes from a Mormon who is conservative and supported Romney from the first run. My point is (that my long post seems not to have explained) Mormons don’t like getting told by outsiders what to do no matter how much there are shared values. Mormons already feel they took the brunt of Prop 8 backlash with little support from others. To openly work for Romney seems another set up for backlash.

  • Rooster

    David, thank you for all you do to be a bridge for understanding and a common effort to regain responsibility back to the White House. Many members of the LDS Church are working quietly behind the scenes. Your support is encouraging. Though I do have to admit, I want people to vote for Mitt because of his merits and history of leadership and service, both public and private. Not all members have the same political philosophy, such as Harry Reid, who I believe lacks integrity and does not represent, in my eyes, what is good for this country or the moral compass of a professed Christian. It has to be about the man, his merits and expressions of faith more than just his religion. That said, I wholeheartedly believe will do a great job, more along the lines of a Calvin Coolidge than a Ronald Reagan – quietly “going about doing good”. We ARE with you.

  • Dale

    David and Nancy’s call to action does not fall on deaf ears. As an active LDS church member it is often humorous to hear Sunday School lessons discussing scripture with evident political overtones. We know we are not supposed to talk about it in church, but the implications are so obvious. Sometimes one member or another will say the thing that we are all thinking, “…and this is another example of why it is so important that we get wise and righteous men to be our leaders, so in November vote for Mitt,” we all chuckle, but I inwardly hope that there are no investigators in the audience. I don’t want people to think that just because I am LDS I will automatically vote for Mitt – I want them to think that because I believe in freedom, traditional values and small government I will vote for Mitt.

    I am happy to sacrifice my time and resources to a cause that I believe in. Mitt was right when he said, Culture Does Matter. If you watched or listened to the two conventions, it was so obviously on display, our nation is at a crossroads so we can choose to be apathetic, stand on the sidelines and watch the downward spiral. Or become an active participant and hopefully make a difference in the direction that we are going. I believe that a vote for Mitt is a step in the right direction.

  • Dale

    To some extent I agree with Jetboy. Being LDS in CA and going through the Prop 8 experience was interesting. I agree with the church and think we did the right thing, that standing up for moral principles is one of the few reasons to set aside political neutrality. But it was difficult. When asked by my church leaders I got out and walked neighborhoods, knocked on doors and talked with people about the importance of reaffirming Traditional Marriage. I donated to the campaign, helped out at a call center, and I closely monitored the election results. Needless to say that I was elated when Prop 8 won, but the backlash took my breath away. Members of my church lost their jobs, buildings were vandalized, and in the media we were mocked and actively discriminated against.

    I suspect that this coming election will be no different. We have already seen examples of mainstream media demagoguery and intolerance (so ironic since they are often the ones preaching tolerance). I believe that it will only increase. Like Prop 8 will again be mocked and belittled for our beliefs, but in order to preserve our rights, our freedom and our shared values it is a sacrifice I will make.

  • Green Eyeshades

    The LDS Church owned Deseret News had an article today which pointed out the commonality between the two parties of “Love and Concern for Family”, as articulated by speakers at both conventions. While that’s admirable, the contrasts this year are so sharp that people of faith, particularly the LDS must recognize that this election is about more than just political ideologies. George Albert Smith, the eighth President of the Church said, “When I have been tempted sometimes to do a certain thing, I have asked myself,which side of the line am I on?”

    May I suggest that if your Church proclaims one thing about abortion, but your political party proclaims another, you are on the wrong side of the line. If your Church takes a stance on same-sex marriage but your Presidential candidate takes another, you are on the wrong side of the line. If you believe in Jesus Christ but your political party removes all references to God from its political platform, an expression of core beliefs, and is roundly booed and shouted at an attempt to reinstate those references on the convention floor, you are on the wrong side of the line.

    When will you quit making excuses for being on the wrong side of the line?

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  • Jeanette Drake

    To David and Nancy,
    I accept your challenge. I am supporting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the election.

    To my fellow Mormons,
    I urge you to read these two articles/speeches by two of our apostles.

    Ensign Magazine August 2012 article from a talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

    Ensign Magazine September 2012 article from a talk by Elder Quentin L. Cook

  • Brandon from NJ

    What I would say is that there are individual candidates who can be decent on both parties. No one has to support Mitt, whether a nonMormon like myself or a member, it’s really your choice. However, David is giving a little invitation out there, which you can take or leave as you please.

  • Brandon from NJ

    Not a Mormon, but here’s my thing: if one really believes they are serving God, should a little misinformation really be all that scary, even Peter, James, and John thanked God for the crticism and chastising they received from the religious authorities in their time (See Acts, chapter 4). I don’t share your beliefs, but I can honestly say that we’re all going to share in some criticism as we practice, believe, and stand for a right to engage in important principles in today’s world.

  • Stephen

    Just want to say im an evangelical with the Assemblies of God church . I will be voting and praying for Mitt to be our next president. No matter our affiliation we’ve got to stand behind the man with good morals and one who will lead this country with the help of God . God bless you Mitt and your wonderful family.After 4 yrs. of Obama its time for some R&R Romney and Ryan

  • Hazeleyes

    I’m shocked that you think my religious beliefs have to match my political beliefs. One thing I love about our country is the freedom of religion. It seems that Republicans have distorted this to mean you’re only free to believe what we believe, and if you somehow enact a law that doesn’t abide by that belief you’re somehow taking away religious liberty.
    I do believe that God does not want to have an abortion or practice homosexuality. As a Christian, I will do my duty to abstain from all sins. Those are the guidelines I feel to be true. BUT, in the United States, it is not my right to tell people what to believe or how to act. I recognize that people live by a myriad of beliefs, and in my effort to celebrate my freedom of religion and speech, I refuse to tell people that they can’t get married because it doesn’t agree with my beliefs. And, I refuse to tell people that they can’t have an abortion because I believe it is a sin.
    One thing I love about my mormon faith is the important message of free agency. Just as I have chosen to believe as I do, so others have the choice to believe as they do, and, again, the constitution protects that right!
    Romney reflected that stance at one time – Mitt personally opposed abortion but saw the moral wisdom and consistency in supporting laws that granted women the right to make that choice themselves. I wish that Mitt still existed, but he’s adopted the same position as others who think religion should legislate politics. For that reason and others, I will not be voting for Romney in this upcoming election.