Noteworthy/Newsworthy Observations from:
Mitt - Set Our People Free …
A 7th Generation Mormon's Plea for
By Michael D. Moody
This book is nothing less than Mike Moody's open letter to college
fraternity brother Mitt Romney, the final chapter in a correspondence
begun between the two former classmates and Cougar Club brothers in 1999 …
There are many newsworthy observations in the book - as well as some
startling (but well-sourced in 10 pages of end-notes) allegations about
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), better known to
the world as the Mormon Church. Below are a few of those insights,
observations and well-documented allegations that collectively give insight into Romney's multi-year quest for the Presidency.
The Role of the
Mormon Church - and a Mormon U. S. President -
In the World's Salvation …
There is a Mormon Prophecy:
A Mormon President Would Save the U. S. Constitution -
Then "Redeem the World" for the Mormon Faith From that Exalted Position
"Joseph Smith, the Greatest Prophet since Moses, we believed, had
restored the only true church to earth. Following excruciating delays
dating to the nineteenth century, the LDS Church was destined
to redeem the world and rule from the promised land of America.
The end days were near, and we were assured the Mormon Gods were tanned,
rested and ready for 2000. Those Gods had high expectations for young
men like you and me. You haven't let them down."
The Mormon Charge
A Mormon President Will
Save the Constitution
"I chugged the Mormon Kool Aid,
prayed earnestly, and committed to help our generation of Mormon men
save the world. A major Mormon prophecy about a White Horse and America
remained unfulfilled. Like previous generation of Mormons, we
were reared to believe the US Constitution needed saving, and the LDS
Church would do it. We knew our reward, because of primordial
valiance, was a chance to play major roles in the ensuing end day
events. Jesus and "God the Father" had told the prophets, and patriarchs
had told us personally."
"That the US Constitution is in eminent danger and will "hang by a
thread as fine as silk fiber" in the latter days before the LDS Church
rides to its rescue is a continually restated claim beginning with
Joseph Smith and persisting through every subsequent Mormon generation.
The Church Priesthood holders will swoop in like knights to save the
Constitution then set it aside to reestablish the theocratic Kingdom
created by Joseph Smith and nearly perfected by Brigham Young."
"The stated plan is to pave the way for the political Kingdom of God
and Joseph Smith's version of the Millennial Kingdom on Earth. This
belief was made public by Utah Senator, Orrin Hatch, during his run for
President, when he said that, despite one of the most prosperous times
in American history, the Church might need to step in to fill the breech
should America collapse. Your own father, Mitt, also expressed the
Mormon White Horse Prophecy in a similar comment decades earlier."
Christians and Christianity
It has only been in the latter part of
the 20th Century that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints have insidiously tried to assimilate into mainstream
Christianity and pass themselves off as just another Christian
denomination. Historically speaking, members preferred not to be
included with any other Christian denomination. Mormons have actually
always claimed to be Christians - just the only true ones, because all
other denominations were in apostasy. In fact, Joseph Smith, the Mormon
church's founder, prophesized against all other religions stating "all
wrong ... all their creeds were an admonition in his sight, and that
those professors (Christians) were all corrupt" (Pearl of Great
Price, Joseph Smith, 2:18)
"According to Brigham Young's proclamations dispersed in the Journal of
Discourses, Brigham Young and our early cult leaders skipped Bible class
when they preached the blasphemous doctrine that God, Jesus and Adam
were all polygamists. These uneducated seers ditched geography class
then announced that, instead of south of Baghdad, the Garden of Eden
was in Jackson County, Missouri where the Mormon's New Jerusalem will be
built. Brigham Young led Mormons further astray when he spent
twenty-five years teaching that Adam is God, our Heavenly Father, in
addition to being Michael the Archangel, the Ancient of Days."
Jesus and Lucifer
To the Mormons, Yes ...
In 2007, Mike Huckabee was accused by
Mitt Romney's campaign of being a bigot when he asked, in a press
interview, if Mormons believed that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers. He
recanted, apparently not knowing that this is exactly what
"Mormons were taught as children that Lucifer is our big brother -
the second born after Jesus - who presented God the Father with an
earthly plan to force humanity into righteousness and mandatory
salvation. In response, Jesus countered with his plan of "free agency,"
which our Heavenly Father accepted for his spirit children over
Lucifer's plan. We primordial intelligences purportedly cheered our
approval when informed we would be allowed to come to earth, knowing
Jesus would die for our sins and redeem us."
(Validation - Dean Brown
writes: "The central and unique feature of Mormon theology is their
belief in a "pre-mortal" existence. They believe that all human
beings, along with Lucifer and his angels, began as the spiritual sons
and daughters of God. Jesus was the firstborn of all our siblings,
Lucifer was the second-born. For billions of years, we were all
spirit-being siblings, but then we held a special conference and
decided that in order to give God the greatest glory, we should each
live out a fleshly experience were we had free will.").
For further validation and explanation of Mormon beliefs on the
kinship of Jesus and Lucifer, go to the end of this document.
Was Jesus Christ a
Mitt's Ancestor -
An Original Joseph Smith-Appointed Apostle -
Said Yes …
Orson Pratt - an ancestor of Mitt
Romney's - his great-great-great uncle - one of the original Twelve
Apostles appointed by Joseph Smith himself and Brigham Young's Number
Two (second in command) … boldly announced, when "moved by the spirit,"
that "the great Messiah, who was the founder of the Christian
religion, was a polygamist."
As an aside, Orson did not succeed Brigham Young as Prophet because he'd
briefly left the church in the early 1840s when Prophet Joseph Smith hit
on Orson's wife, Sarah - and by leaving the church, he lost his
seniority. Orson's older brother and Mitt's great-great-grandfather,
Parley P. Pratt, was also one of Joseph Smith's Twelve Apostles - in
1857, Parley was murdered by the jealous husband of his 12th wife.
Another of Brigham Young's Second Counselors, Jedediah M. Grant, once
proclaimed that "A belief in the doctrine of plurality of wives caused
the persecution of Jesus and his followers."
A Different Jesus,
A Different God …
"Mormon President - and living prophet
- Gordon Hinckley, along with Apostle Dallen Oakes, admit that
Mormons believe in a different Jesus, not the Christ found in original
Biblical Gospels who actually lived in Biblical times. In 1995,
Oakes told members that Mormons believe in a different God, or Gods,
than Christians. Then, in 2002, Living Prophet and LDS President
Hinckley said the Church doesn't believe in the same Jesus worshipped
throughout Christendom. At the Church's 2007 Fall Conference,
Hinckley stated God and Jesus are two separate physical beings."
"Charge" of the
Mormon Missionary Priesthood
"As a new Cougar Club member, I
resolved to swim in formation with the Returned Missionaries and prepare
for whatever the Mormon Gods directed. Heady days for young men who
held the restored holy Priesthood and were foreordained before
birth to help usher in the Millennium and the Second Coming of Jesus
The Secret Mormon
In addition to some rather
blood-curdling threats of violent death should they break their oath of
silence and reveal the nature of their blood-oath to the LDS Church, all
adult members swear:
"I promise that I will sacrifice my
time, talents, and all I may now or hereafter possess of to the
upbuilding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."
Another section of this secret, sacred
oath reads as follows: "…You do consecrate yourselves, your time,
talents and everything which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he
may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for
the building up of the Kingdom of God ON THE EARTH for the establishment
There are many who believe that it is
impossible for Mormons to honor their sacred oath to the LDS church and
at the same time honor an oath sworn to the United States. In case of a
conflict, true Mormons will - under pain of death (per terms of their
own oath) default to their Mormon oath.
What the Mormon
Means to Mitt Romney …
Under the condition of the oath sworn
to by all Mormon adults, they are subject to the dictates of the Living
Prophet, speaking as the oracle of Jesus Christ. With that in sharp
focus, where does this leave Mitt Romney?
"Mitt, you have been willing to spend a portion of your quarter billion
dollar fortune on the Presidential campaign. Would you title everything
if Gordon Hinckley said your resources were needed to build the kingdom?
Would you do it if Hinckley said Jesus commanded it?"
The answer to that question defines the man, Mitt Romney. If Mitt Romney
is elected, it may also define the President.
The Mormon Oath
and President Mitt Romney
Mormons swear to put their Church,
and the rulings of their Living Prophet, ahead of all other oaths and
commitments - and some hold that this puts Mitt Romney in a bind,
since it could conflict with his Presidential Oath of Office - in
spite of what Mitt suggested in his "religion" speech made at the Bush
Center in December, 2007.
As Mike Moody says in his book, "No Mormon can lead this nation into
the twenty-first century with his mind and heart captivated by a
nineteenth century cult focused on keeping its members uninformed,
fighting civil rights for minorities and lobbying to suppress
One of those who holds that Mitt's religion speech suggests something
his Mormon oath denies is Steve Benson, grandson of the late "Living
Prophet" and long-time President of the LDS, Ezra Taft Benson - and a
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for an Arizona newspaper.
This was made clear in a December, 2007 interview published in Editor
In his talk, Romney said "I believe in my Mormon faith" while also
noting that the church's "teachings" would not influence his decisions
if elected president.
"Yeah, right," responded Benson, adding that "Romney also believes in
misrepresenting what his Mormon Church actually espouses."
He told E&P that, in his view, a Mormon believer is required by church
doctrine (as dictated by the church's "living prophet") to "obey God's
commands" over anything else. He said "Romney, like all 'temple
Mormons,' made his secret vows using Masonic-derived handshakes,
passwords, and symbolic death oaths that he promised in the temple
never to reveal to the outside world" - and that Romney also secretly
vowed to devote his "time, talents" and more "to the building of the
Mormon religion on earth."
So, said Benson, the only way Romney could be truly independent of the
church as U. S. president would be to disavow Mormon doctrine. "He
hasn't done that," said the Creators Syndicate-distributed cartoonist.
"When Mitt says he belongs to a church that doesn't tell him what to
do, that's false; it's a 24/7, do-what-you're-told-to-do church,"
asserted Benson, who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning
For more on the Mormon Oath, check
Mormon Oath and the Presidency
The implications of a Mormon
Presidency, with a man holding dual loyalties - sworn to by separate
sacred oaths - are serious and troubling. As Mike Moody wrote in the
"Mitt, you continued the family ecclesiastical participation by serving
as a Bishop and Stake President, yet you regularly distance yourself
from Mormonism when speaking before certain groups. In one breath, you
state you aren't running for President as a Mormon and then bristle
defensively if someone questions whether you're a devout Mormon.
"Mitt, you are a devout Mormon, a true believer, married in the temple -
and your freedom to dissent or ignore council from the General
Authorities is limited. In the Law of Sacrifice portion of the Mormon
Endowment Ceremony, you and other faithful members kneeled in the temple
and agreed "to sacrifice all that we possess, even our own lives if
necessary, in sustaining and defending the Kingdom of God." Former First
Presidency member, J. Reuben Clark, whose name is emblazoned on the BYU
Law School, said of the Church, "This is not a democracy, this is not a
republic, this is a kingdom of God." Mitt, you have sworn allegiance to
another power! If elected President, would you uphold the rule of law or
prepare America for the Millennium and the Mormon version of the Kingdom
of God on earth? With no foreign policy experience except a Mormon
Mission, as President, will you be more inclined to help export
Mormonism than to develop an integrated international vision that
prioritizes policies to solve future problems for our secular nation?
"Mitt, you swore the Mormon oath of the Law of Consecration. You kneeled
at the temple alter and covenanted to consecrate yourself, your time,
talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with
which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on the earth and for
the establishment of Zion. The term "the Church" has always been
synonymous with "the Kingdom," which since inception, pursued the goal
of a one-world government under Mormon paternalistic priesthoods. Has
that changed? American values and Mormon values never coincided because
a democratic republic and free enterprise system were historically too
messy for Mormon leaders."
Mitt and Politics
Yes or No?
"This was why I was startled in 2006
to read your words quoted in The American Spectator, "I have
to admit I did not think I was going into politics." In November,
2007, you made similar comments at town hall meetings in Marshalltown,
Iowa and Las Vegas."
"Did you change your mind as your business career developed, and then
decided to follow your earlier plan to be President after all?"
The Long Run …
Mitt First Announces for U. S. President …
"Mitt, we graduated from Brigham Young
University thirty seven years ago … in 1970-71, I remember the Cougar
Club buzzed that you planned to run for President someday. Early and aggressively, you began your long-planned push for the
U. S. Presidency."
"After making all the right business moves and a few snazzy dance steps
to the political right, you were suddenly a top tier contender for the
Republican nomination with significant insider support and a freshly
reinvented persona. The ultimate goal for which you so long strived
suddenly became within the realm of possibility."
"As President of Cougar Club in 1970-71, you had decided you should
be President of the United States, having asked the brethren; "If
not you, then who?" Everyone, including me, agreed. So, I decided
serving as Nevada Governor or Senator before being appointed to your
cabinet to start the millennium sounded like a reasonable plan. After
all, (our church had taught us that) we were two of the greatest
"organized intelligences" to ever come to earth from the preexistence."
"I have vivid memories of our year
together in the BYU Cougar Club, and recall your graduation admonition
not to settle for Gerber's mush. You had returned from your mission a
year earlier, and I returned from five adventurous years off campus."
(NOTE: Instead of undertaking a
conventional Mormon "mission," Mike chose to serve in the US military,
planning to defend democracy while converting his heathen fellow
soldiers. He was decorated in Vietnam before monitoring communications lines for the Paris Peace Talks, but did not save many souls)
"Once again attending what we half
jokingly called the Only True School (Brigham Young University), it was
an important time for me. The Church wanted no Greek fraternities on
campus to compete with its myth fraternity, so we joined the Cougar
Club. I hadn't performed my rite of passage - a Mormon mission
- but was accepted into the elite club and met you."
More on Jesus and
"Brothers" According to the Mormon Faith
Presidential candidate Mike
Huckabee caught flack for asking, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and
the devil are brothers?" Instead of a straight answer, he got
deflections and suggestions that he was smearing the Mormon Faith, when
in fact, this accurately reflects Mormon teachings about the natures of
Christ and Satan.
However, in response to Huckabee's
question, LDS Church spokeswoman Kim Farah is quoted by Associated Press
correspondent Libby Quaid as saying that such a question is usually
raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith rather than clarify
doctrine. She goes on to say:
"We believe, as other
Christians believe and as Paul wrote, that God is the father of all...
That means that all beings were created by God and are his spirit
children. Christ, on the other hand, was the only begotten in the
flesh and we worship him as the son of God and the savior of mankind.
Satan is the exact opposite of who Christ is and what he stands for."
This is a very predictable LDS
response to questions such as this: sidestep it, label it as a "smear",
and then give a misleading, incomplete "clarification."
Republican candidate Mitt Romney, also
responded to this question, and went so far as to suggest that that it
did not accurately represent what Mormonism teaches (Hannity and Colmes,
December 12, 2007.)
The problem is, the simple answer to
Huckabee's question is "Yes." Mormonism does teach this doctrine.
Period. The LDS publication "Gospel Principles", a straightforward
presentation of Mormon doctrine, says this directly in chapter 3, pp. 17
Our Father said, "Whom shall I
send?" Two of our brothers offered to help. Our oldest brother, Jesus
Christ, who was then called Jehovah, said, "Here am I, send me."
"Satan, who was called Lucifer, also
came, saying, "Behold, here am I, send me..."
"After hearing both sons speak,
Heavenly Father said, "I will send the first."
(See full Gospel Principles
text online.) . This teaching also references the account in Abraham
3:27 from the Pearl of Great Price, one of the LDS standard works of