Some things I know About Willard Mitt Romney Former Governor of Massachusetts

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You should know at least this about Mr. Romney:


Willard Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate running for the Office of President of The United States of America in the election to be held on November 6, 2012. He was formerly the Governor of the State of Massachusetts which has an estimated population of 6,587,536

As governor, Mr. Romney returned his paychecks to the state treasurer, declining to accept the pay he was entitled to receive for his term in that office.

Mr. Romney is, and has been, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), a church whose members are often called Mormons. His membership in his church is well known. Some aspects of what his membership can tell American voters about him are less well known. I want to mention them here because I feel they are important.

As a bishop in his church we know that he is the husband of just one wife, his lifelong sweetheart Ann Lois Davies Romney, age 62. He has lived his life and raised his family in such a way that he meets the strict standards of his church which make him worthy to worship in any temple of his church.

The standards for being considered worthy to fully participate in worship in an LDS temple tell us the following things about Mr. Romney:

~~~He pays at least 10% of his annual increase as a tithing to the church.

~~~He is honest in his dealings with all persons.

~~~He does not drink alcohol, use tobacco, or abuse drugs.

~~~He regularly attends his church meetings.

~~~He has a personal testimony of God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

~~~He has a personal testimony of the Atonement of Christ and of Christ's role as Savior and Redeemer of the world.

~~~He has a personal testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and its authority.

~~~He keeps the covenants he made at baptism and on the occasion of his marriage to Ann.

~~~He is chaste and supports his church leaders in their church responsibilities.

~~~And he has the following additional beliefs he upholds: that men will be punished for their own sins; that all may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel through the Atonement of Christ; the literal gathering of Israel and restoration of the Ten Tribes; being subject to presidents and magistrates in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law; and, he believes in being honest, true, chaste,benevolent, virtuous, and doing good to all mankind, as well as the admonition of Paul: to believe all things, hope all things, and hope to be able to endure all things, while if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, to seek after those things.

Anyone can question the validity of Mr. Romney's beliefs and those of his church, but it is appropriate to know what he believes and what he adheres to in his religious beliefs.

As to how he would govern, if he was to become the president ,he has written in his own words about that, spoken about that, and will yet speak a great deal about that during the two remaining presidential debates and the scheduled "Minority Debate", as well as proving his words by his past actions of reducing corporate loopholes and concern for citizens (especially women) while serving as governor of Massachusetts.

He can also prove his commitment to America, if he is given that opportunity by the Americans who will take the time to vote in November.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved..


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Thank you Perspycacious. I appreciate your balanced, reasonable and helpful Hub about Mitt Romney and his religious beliefs and practices. I generally, but not always, vote a democratic ticket, but I think Mr. Romney is a good man and I am appalled by all the rubbish and cheap shots that the two parties put out there.

Thank you for taking the high road and setting an example for all of us that IT IS POSSIBLE TO DISCUSS ONE CANDIDATE'S GOOD QUALITIES WITHOUT TEARING SOMEONE ELSE DOWN. You have my gratitude.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7: Thanks for the read and the appreciative Comment. I tried to do something similar for Santorum and Obama in a single Hub. Wikipedia has good biographical notes on each, as I am sure it must have on Romney, Paul, and Gingrich. We know they all have courage. It takes that to run for any public office, and for any seated president.


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Blawger 4 years ago from California

Very interesting hub. I'm a political junkie and there were many things in this hub that I didn't know. I do not agree with Romney ideologically, but I do give him credit for being the most charitable of all the republican candidates. I recently learned that he gives about 14% of his yearly income to charitable causes, far more than the other candidates, especially considering he earns the most. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


joe scalise 4 years ago

wELL i ADDED MITTS 14% CHARITY WHICH IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO HIS 13% TAX RATE AND HE STIIL PAID A LOWER TAX RATE THAN ME. aS FOR THE RELIGIOUS CREDENTIALS OF MITT I CAN SEE HIM TO BE QUALIFIED TO BE A MINISTER BUT RELIGION IS NOT A QUALIFICATION NECESSARY TO BE PRESIDENT. AS A MATTER OF FACT THIS GOVERNMENT MAY RECOGNIZE GOD BUT I HAVE YET TO READ ANY DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH THE NAME OF jESUS, YAWEH, OR ANY OTHER GOD OR SON OF GOD MENTIONED ANYWHERE. I PERSONALLY DON'T WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT FEELS IT NECESSARY TO LEGISLATE THE MORAL VALUES OF ANY RELIGION. THAT IS WHAT TURNED THE MIDEAST INTO A TERRORISTIC CABAL. RELIGION IS NOT THE ANSWER TO UNEMPLOYMENT, OUT OF CONTROL CAPITALISM, UNNECESSARY WARS, THE FEDERAL RESERVE, GAS PRICES OR ANY OTHER ISSUE THAT HAS RUINED OUR ECONOMY. RELIGION BELONGS IN CHURCH AND NOT ON CAPITAL HILL. THERE IS ENOUGH HYPOCRACY IN D.C. WE DON'T NEED THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL HANGING FROM A PULPIT


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b. Malin 4 years ago

I will Vote for Mitt Romney for President in 2012. I do feel he can, and will Defeat Obama. I think he will make a Strong Leader, and will be liked by our Allies, and our Enemies will Respect him. What Scares me is all the Hatred... what has our Country come to? Good thought Provoking Hub, Perspycacious.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

blawger and b.Malin: Thank you for taking the time to comment on Gov. Romney and this summary of what I know that may not be in the mainstream (at least I have not seen it before, and it deserves to be part of what voters know about him.)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

joe scalise: We still are able to print coins with "In God We Trust" and to open sessions of the Senate with a prayer given on behalf of that body by the Chaplain of The Senate. The next president for 2013-2017 will still be sworn in by a Supreme Court justice while the person elected to be president places his hand on the Holy Bible. The press will still report on whether or not he attends church regularly, and jump all over him at any hint of religiosity in the carrying out of his duties toward all faiths and all citizens. I believe your anxiety is unwarranted as to what church he belongs to and the private practice of his faith, while what he stands for and believes qualifies to be part of the national discussion.

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