They Would Not Vote for a Mormon

As stated in the article, (The ‘Mormon Effect” Federalist, per a Gallup Poll in June of last year, a full 22 percent of the people said they would not vote for a Mormon. I predicted as much. Many a conservative and Republican preferred the current situation to voting for a Mormon, so they didn’t vote. Many of us know such a man. His anti Mormon tirades would never permit him to vote for Romney. Therefore (in my mind at least,) his complaints about the current situation ring hollow. Few people in these United States are as patriotic as are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Mormons). There were the tragic days of the bitterest persecution of Mormons, the days of Missouri Governor Lilborn Boggs’ extermination order, which read in part: “The Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the state if necessary for the public peace…” On their trek West after having been driven from their beautiful homes, at the behest of President James K. Polk, the Mormons raised 500 men to serve in the War against Mexico, this despite his having denied their previous petitions for redress of grievances. Few Americans reverence the Constitution as do the Mormons. Of the Founding Fathers, J. Reuben Clark (in 1930 the United States Ambassador to Mexico, and a prominent leader of the Church) stated, “They were not backwoodsmen from far-off frontiers, not one of them. … There has not been another such group of men in all [the 200 years of our history] that even challenged the supremacy of this group.” One Church President, Wilford Woodruff, said of them, that they “were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits. …” Mormons believe that the Lord has placed His stamp of approval on the Constitution in these words:“I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.” (D&C 101:80) Indeed, I declare with Church President Ezra Taft Benson, “With all my heart I love our great nation. … This is part of my religious faith.’’