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The White Horse Prophecy - can a Mormon president save the United States?

Updated on October 16, 2012
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Bob Hunter worked for Ontario Hydro for 22 years. He later became a researcher/writer for the Christian Research Institute in California.

Mormon founder Joseph Smith
Mormon founder Joseph Smith

Mitt Romney and the White Horse Prophecy

With Mitt Romney being the Republican nominee for president of the United States, it might be worth noting a 19th century prophecy purportedly made by Mormon founder Joseph Smith.

The White Horse Prophecy was supposedly made verbally by Joseph Smith in 1843. He is said to have stated that one day the United States Constitution would hang by a thread and that it would be saved by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - more specifically, a Mormon U.S. president. The Mormons are compared figuratively to the white horse in the Book of Revelation.

The accuracy of that statement has been debated for over a century, but it is apparent that many Mormon leaders considered it - and continue to consider it - to be authentic. Here are some examples:

When the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the "Mormon" Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it. 2:182. (Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p.360-61)

...Joseph Smith, the prophet, was inspired to affirm and ratify this truth, and he further predicted that the time would come, when the Constitution of our country would hang as it were by a thread, and that the Latter-day Saints, above all other people in the world, would come to the rescue of that great and glorious palladium of our liberty (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 403)

Unfortunately, Hubpages will not allow more quotes, but considerably more can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.

In 2010 Huffington Post commentator Dana Milbank reported on a "hidden message" sent to LDS members by TV personality, and Mormon, Glenn Beck. Beck said:

"We are at the place where the Constitution hangs in the balance," Beck told Bill O'Reilly on November 14, 2008, just after President Obama's election. "I feel the Constitution is hanging in the balance right now, hanging by a thread unless the good Americans wake up." (Mormon Prophecy Behind Glenn Beck's Message, October 5, 2010)

The LDS Church itself has issued a statement that says this prophecy has not been substantiated and isn't embraced as church doctrine. However, as Mormon critic Bill McKeever asks, why would the Mormon leaders refer to it so much if they didn't believe it? (Mormon Research Ministry)

Personally, this writer believes the Constitution Is hanging by a thread, especially if the current president gets re-elected. President Obama has been slowly eroding our freedoms one by one and the country won't survive another four years of him. Nor is this writer optimistic about the future of the United States under Mitt Romney, whose only concern appears to be for the rich to get richer regardless of the cost to the rest of society.

Mitt Romney himself has said that he considers the prophecy to be a matter of speculation and not official church doctrine, but you can be sure that if he is elected Mormons will be touting this as a fulfilled prophecy.

You can read more about the White Horse Prophecy at:


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      Penelope and Sara 5 years ago

      It should be remembered that not all Mormons support Romney in his bid for the presidency. Despite what the perceptions might be, there are many democrats in the LDS church and like most Democrats, their hopes are squarely pinned to Obama.

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      UnsilentMajority 5 years ago

      Well according to what you have written, the constitution is, in fact, hanging by a thread. And there is a possibility that Mitt will be elected president. That alone is not enough to fulfill this prophecy. He would still need to "save it". And so what if he does? What if he gets elected, does two terms, does a fantastic job and is the next "Reagan" so-to-speak. And Mormons everywhere are "touting" that there prophecy has been fulfilled? Well, by golly, it will have been fulfilled. And I hope it is, and you should to. For the sake of our great nation, I hope the Heavens are not closed, that Joseph Smith received a prophecy, that Mitt Romney is the man for the job and that he saves this country from utter ruin. What would be wrong with that?

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      Mo 5 years ago

      Where was the writer when Bush shredded the constitution? Obama is just continuing Bush's policies.

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      lenny brioxy 5 years ago

      This is the most interesting prophecy going in 2012 and the scariest. If you haven't tried to connect Mitt Romney to Old and New Romney in England then I recommend you do. There is definitely something very mystical about the White Horse Prophecy....of course Romney and Co. would not go public with this...that would be political suicide.

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      5 years ago

      Mr Nota gets my vote too. These two guys are an embarrassment to the human race.