Some Mormons suggest fasting to help Romney’s campaign

SALT LAKE CITY — A number of Mormons seem to think that fellow believer Mitt Romney, now slumping in the … Continued

SALT LAKE CITY — A number of Mormons seem to think that fellow believer Mitt Romney, now slumping in the polls, needs a little divine intervention for his performance at the upcoming Oct. 3 presidential debate.

They’ve been circulating a request via email that sympathetic Latter-day Saints join them in forgoing food and water on Sunday in a collective effort to support the candidate.

“I am asking you to join me and my family … by fasting and praying for Mitt Romney that he will be blessed in the debates, which will be held Oct. 3rd,” says an email posted early Wednesday (Sept. 26) by The Student Review, an off-campus paper for Brigham Young University students. “I know that seems like such a small thing but I believe ‘from small things, great things can come about.’ ”

The email went on: “I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles.”

Others in the email chain have suggested putting Romney’s name on the “temple prayer roll,” which is typically reserved for those who are sick.

McKay Coppins, a political reporter for BuzzFeed, also reported the fasting effort, saying that “sources who have received it said it has reached Latter-day Saints in Utah, California, Nevada and Colorado at least.”

When asked if the email could be a bogus attempt by someone hoping to embarrass the LDS Church, both Coppins and the Review editor said they are personally familiar with several of the email recipients, who are sincere in their desire to help the Republican nominee.

“The fast was apparently organized by a handful of individuals, not the church,” LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said Wednesday. “The church is neutral in matters of party politics.”

(Peggy Fletcher Stack writes for The Salt Lake Tribune).

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  • Secular1

    I am surprised LDS trolls haven’t hit this column by now. Anyways, don’t these LDSers know that their sky daddy is not very happy with Willard. That is why he is not changing the peoples minds towards Willard. Now all these LDSers will be praying and begging the sky daddy to change his mind. You know what they say the sky daddy does not countenance very well when people tell him to change his mind or worse tell him he is wrong. So you LDSers before you jump on this band wagon, careful he may get so pissed taht you won’t get your own planet to rule on when you kick the bucket. If I were you, I would not liek the prospect of sky daddy getting pi&&ed with me.

  • haveaheart

    “ ‘The fast was apparently organized by a handful of individuals, not the church,’ LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said Wednesday. ‘The church is neutral in matters of party politics.’ ”

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    “The church” is never involved in anything controversial. It’s always a “handful of individuals.” But they neglect to mention that the individuals are given their marching orders by the eminently “neutral” church hierarchy.

  • jmbr1

    If you think that the leaders of the Mormon Church are the ones who are pushing this alleged fast for Romney, you are really deluded. They wouldn’t touch the idea with a ten foot pole.