Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mitt Romney Talked About The Mormon Perspective On The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ During His 2008 Presidential Campaign

Business Insider has just posted a story about a segment during Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign in which he discusses the Mormon theological viewpoint about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Making this newsworthy at this time is the fact that the 45-second video segment embedded below is mistitled "Mitt Romney Oct 31 2012, This is the real Mitt Romney", which implies that the person posting it is trying to use it to discredit Romney because of his religion.

During the segment, Romney says "The Church says that Christ appears and splits the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. That’s what the Church says. And then, over a thousand years of the millennium, that the world is reigned in two places, Jerusalem and Missouri....The law will come from Missouri, and the other will be from Jerusalem."

Business Insider also includes a longer video in which the same segment starts around the 15:30 mark. They also refer readers to a March 9th, 2012 source article from CBN News where David Brody predicted that Democratic operatives will try and tarnish Romney by releasing off-the-record background articles and tidbits about his Mormon theology that will try and paint Romney as strange. Brody's predictions not only have been on target, but this is yet another manifestation of the problem.

The Tenth Article of Faith alludes to this belief. It states, "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory". Doctrine & Covenants 133:24 makes separate references to Jerusalem and Zion, stating "and the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided". Doctrine & Covenant 84:1-5 also states that the New Jerusalem will be built in Missouri. So the belief expressed by Romney in the video is considered doctrinal canon.

Additional LDS doctrinal information and scriptural references about the events surrounding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ are available HERE.

By the way, the new Kansas City LDS Temple is NOT to be considered a precursor to the New Jerusalem. The actual lot for the future temple is currently owned by the Church of Christ Temple Lot, a breakaway sect from the LDS Church.

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