December 30th, 2007
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Mysterious holiday card spotlights Romney's religion

A bogus holiday card was sent to some South Carolina Republicans. 

A bogus holiday card was sent to some South Carolina Republicans.

(CNN) - A holiday card that falsely claims to be from "the Romney family" and highlights Mitt Romney's Mormon faith was anonymously sent to Republican mailboxes across South Carolina earlier this week.

The source of the card is unknown.

View entire card [PDF]

The mailer, which says it is "Paid for by the Boston Massachusetts Temple," displays a quote from Mormon apostle Orson Pratt saying that God had multiple wives:

"We have now clearly shown that God the father had a plurality of wives, one or more being eternity by whom he begat our spirits as well as the spirit of Jesus, his first born, and another being upon the earth by whom he begat the tabernacle of Jesus, as his only begotten in this world," the quote reads.

A copy of the glossy brochure obtained by CNN offers holiday wishes from "the Romney family": "We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a joyful New Year," it says.

The card focuses on the Republican presidential candidate's home state of Massachusetts, displaying a photo of the Mormon Temple in Boston as well as a snowy photo of the Public Garden in Boston.

The mailing also quotes from the first Book of Nephi, part of the book of Mormon, in which the Virgin Mary is described as "exceedingly fair and white."

Romney spokesman Will Holley condemned the card.

"It is sad and unfortunate that this kind of deception and trickery has been employed," Holley said. "There is absolutely no place for it in American politics."

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Mitt Romney • South Carolina
soundoff (444 Responses)
  1. Jeff


    The writing of god as g-d is traditionally done by Jews who do it in reverence of his title. While I obviously don't follow their tradition, as indicated by the fifth word in my reply, it is by no means pathetic.


    Jeff Bailey

    December 30, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Ryan, Orem UT

    The bottom line is that it wasn't sent by Romney. All of the religious aspects are moot because it isn't about religion, it's about getting one's way. Someone doesn't want Romney to be elected so they'll do what they can to make sure that he isn't elected.

    And what if Mormons do believe weird things? So what!! People everywhere believe strange things, but that doesn't disqualify them as being decent and honorable people. And for all of you out there who claim to know everything about God, how can you say with 100% surity that you know everything there is to know about God? Stop putting words in His mouth and acting like you know what He thinks and what He feels. I don't know what my neighbor, or anyone for that matter, truly thinks or feels and I definitely don't know the true intent of their heart and to say that I know what the true intententions of someone's heart other than my own is assinine and ignorant.

    Stop the hatred. Stop the ingnorance and stop being so offended!

    He who takes offense when none is intended is a fool and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.

    December 30, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Dale E

    If one does a compare and contrast between Christianity and Mormonism the differences are clear. Here are two of many contrasting beliefs:

    Christianity – 1) Monotheistic. 2) Male and Females can live for eternity in heaven.

    Mormonism – 1) Polytheistic (all men can become a god of his own kingdom... there are many gods). 2) Women are subject to eternal life if her husband calls her from the grave.

    If this information is incorrect I would like to know. This information came from many disenfranchised Mormons that I have come to know.

    December 30, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Citizen3591

    I followed this hint left in a previous comment by a certain "Greg":


    Out of open-minded curiosity I read the entire passage from Nephi. I have to say that even "in context", what's written there is unflattering, to say the least, of Mormon beliefs.

    Verses 35 and 36 for example:

    35 And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I beheld that they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the building which my father saw. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

    36 And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great. And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb. much for tolerance of any non-Mormons in the universe. Especially Jews, if I interpret "the house of Israel" correctly.

    December 30, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    Romney spokesman Will Holley condemned the card.

    "It is sad and unfortunate that this kind of deception and trickery has been employed," Holley said. "There is absolutely no place for it in American politics."
    This is card is indeed a dirty political trick, but what parts of the card does Romney's spokesman condemned; that the card came from Romney's Family or selected text from the Book of Mormons?

    December 30, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Chris

    To Kristy Sanborn:

    You wrote: " I read an 'opinion' letter to the Editor and when the person referred to God, they put 'g-d'….. how pathetic is that?"

    Not knowing the context of the letter you read, but it's not necessarily pathetic, it's how some people choose to show respect to a divinity, by not typing out the entire word.

    December 30, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Mormon in Alpine, Utah

    The passage from the Book of Mormon about the Virgin birth is accuate. If the card author intended to imply a racist passage, the deception is that I have never thought of nor had that passage taught to me with any rascist overtones.

    The "plurality of wives" quote from Orson Pratt is not in Mormon scripture. Some of Orson Pratt's statements and opinions were controversial even in the 1800's, so it is deceptive to put forth a quote from him now and claim it is "what Mormon's believe". It is what one Mormon believed at one point in time on a far out topic that most Mormons wouldn't feel urgent that they understand.

    As a point of order, you can be fairly sceptical of those that put forth obscure quotes from 19th century Mormons and simply say "Can you believe that Mormon's believe that!" Usually such quotes need a fair amount of context if they are central to mainstream Mormon theology, and quite frequently they do not represent what most Mormons believe. It is a age old tactic of those that want to disparage someone else's faith rather than have a meaningful dialogue to promote understanding.

    December 30, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Patrick, Eastern WA

    To Steve in Seattle: If "all (you) know about Mormonism" comes from your reading Krakauer, you would do well to browse the LDS Church's website at You would learn a lot more about what they actually believe than you would asking the kinds of questions you suggested.

    To Defense Dem: You state that "Mormonism is not Christian," and support that by saying that "Mormons claim Jesus did not die on the cross." That is contradicted by the LDS site noted above. Where did you get this idea?

    Of course, the whole point of the current controversy is that this greeting card was sent out to voters under false pretenses. If someone disagrees with Romney's religious beliefs, why don't they just come out and say so ? The deception really makes their motives suspect.

    December 30, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Jack Lane

    Rudy is at it again!

    December 30, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Greg

    To Citizen3591

    I agree that most scripture isn’t incredibly flattering when you read it the first time. That was my first impression too.

    To answer your question I believe that the House of Israel is referring to the Jews at the time of Jesus Christ in this instance, and the rest flows logically that they, with the Romans, fought against the early Christian Church (with the 12 Apostles).

    Those groups that fought the early Christian Church were eventually destroyed (or at least severely persecuted as was the case with the Jews)

    “Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

    So, if my interpretation is right, then this is something that already happened, and doesn't mean that Mormons want to destroy anyone who fights them (Which is what I guess you read into it).

    It might sound different when you read it with that in mind.

    December 30, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. kathy from Sarasota


    December 30, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Pete

    Awesome. Romney is awful.

    December 30, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. K Wilkinson Texas

    Does any of this have anything to do with how Mitt Romney will perform as president? NO. Then who cares? If you want to know what Mormons believe, visit the Mormon website If you don't then forget about it. Problem solved.

    December 30, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Gobama, NY, NY

    If the Moron quotes are correct, there is nothing to condemn; unless Mit is not proud of his polygamous and racist religion.

    An exceedingly fair and white Mary is going to be hard to find in the hot Middle East. She has to have some 'red neck'. LOL

    December 30, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Greg

    To Dale E

    Not sure how long your friends have been away, there's some truth to it.

    Yes Mormons believe that they can become Gods, but instead of thinking of it in the sense of aspiring to power, it's more of a natural progression. Just as Children Become Adults, Mormons believe that Children of God (Anyone) can eventually become like him. Basically; Mormons believe in a fairly direct interpretation of the phrase "Children of God". Mormons are taught to "worship" God the Father only – In that sense they are Monotheistic, but you're welcome to make a judgment for yourself on that one.

    As for women only getting Eternal life if men call them to it... That's a stretch. The Mormon belief is that all will be resurrected regardless of merit. Once resurrected, all will be judged...

    Not sure if it answers your question.

    Hope it helps

    December 30, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Larry, Hazleton, pa

    This is just the reason to vote for John McCain – neither "Huck" or "Rom" deserve to elected – each will do anything to get elected – let them pick on each other and the rest do the right thing and go for "MCCAIN".

    December 30, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. auntd

    To: KA Noone, before you start spewing bigotry and lauding Obama, you should explain why his church website is Blatantly Racist!! Why would anyone want a president who adheres to those types of beliefs? Benefits no one and is going to cause more issues to erupt. In his usual evasive way, he claims not to be a Muslim, but is a member of a church that has nothing to do with the Whole Community and Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam) is featured in the church's "Trumpet" magazine (on the website). Go read Erik Rush's "Obamination" here:

    I don't have a problem with anyone's beliefs (I got mine and am secure!) but I have a huge problem with people who will not research and find out for themselves before commenting as if they have. I wish everyone would read the TUCC website then research the and sites. There's plenty of info out there and it's a shame that not only do the politicians have an agenda but voters will take a stand for things that are not going to benefit us long term because they have selfish ulterior motives!

    Who cares what other countries want for us? Have you not read that they're all dumping our dollars?!?! This is insane. Obama would take us down paths we are trying to avoid and Romney has a facade that a child would recognize.
    M. Huckabee is not strong enough on immigration (if you would PLEASE read some of the info out there!!) and if he let someone out of prison that harmed one of my loved ones, I'd be on the rooftop telling the news.

    I don't know why anyone would worry about this...Romney probably set it up for exactly what it's eliciting! One single point about Mormonism that makes it unChristian to a Child of God is that they equate the Book of Mormon with the Bible. They also claim that God had (s?) a body like ours and that He earned His way up the ladder. Yeah, when you go to their site, it will take some looking and "reading between the lines" to see the heresy. It is absolutely not a Christian doctrine and Christains are told to be separate so when you think we are being "bigots", I say thank you b/c I must be standing up for Jesus., whom the Mormons also diminsh in rank.

    December 30, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. Dale E

    To Patrick in Eastern WA, I went to the website you referenced and it does not give details of Mormon theology. One question for you... Can devout Mormon men become god? If so, will this god have multiple spirit wives? No deception here, just a straight honest question.

    December 30, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. annette

    Wow, I didn't know that "us" Mormons were secretive? We spend most of the time spreading the Gospel to others and invite them to our church...

    Come clean about our church? Try going to our church website:, you might just learn something.

    Huckabee is a religious bigot and it's a shame people are under his charming "spell".

    He also stated Romney's ads were a lie, yet he REFUSES to explain why he pardoned over a 1000 convictions. Please Huckabee, I'm waiting for your answer.

    December 30, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. hail_xenu

    So, how can it be bigotry when it's a direct quote from the BoM? If you believe that white = pure, does that mean you believe black = impure, or to directly quote the BoM, "dark and loathesome?"

    Really, I don't know why everyone's garments are in a wad, these passages and quotes are NOTHING compared to some really racist offerings by Joe S. and his successors:

    I would not want you to believe that we bear any animosity toward the Negro. "Darkies" are wonderful people, and they have their place in our church. – President Joseph Fielding Smith, Look magazine, 22 October 1963

    "There is a reason why one man is born black and with other disadvantages, while another is born white with great advantages. The reason is that we once had an estate before we came here, and were obedient, more or less, to the laws that were given us there. Those who were faithful in all things there received greater blessings here, and those who were not faithful received less." (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, p. 61)

    (NOTE: JFS is referring to the great war in the pre-existence between brothers Jesus and Satan, and YES Mormons are taught to believe they were brothers, so Huckabee was right. Jesus won the war, Satan was cast out with his followers, and the fencesitters in the war, or those who perhaps didn't fight as valiantly, were punished by being sent to earth as blacks.)

    "Now we are generous with the Negro. We are willing that the Negro have the highest education. I would be willing to let every Negro drive a Cadillac if they could afford it. I would be willing that they have all the advantages they can get out of life in the world. But let them enjoy these things among themselves. I think the Lord segregated the Negro and who is man to change that segregation? It reminds me of the scripture on marriage, 'what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.' Only here we have the reverse of the thing – what God hath separated, let not man bring together again." – Apostle Mark E. Peterson, Race Problems – As They Affect The Church, Convention of Teachers of Religion on the College Level, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, August 27, 1954

    "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African Race? If the White man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so." (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 10:110)

    In the spirit of equality, a few gems of sexist doctrine and quotations:

    On women and rape: "It is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle." – Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness (now there's an Orwellian title)

    "And if Joseph Smith have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore he is justified for they are given unto him to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified." – Doctrine and Covenants 132:62-63

    This was Joe's explanation to his justifiably outraged wife Emma for his habit of bedding/marrying comely young things in the neighborhood.

    LDS brethren, you think the scrutiny is bad now, it's going to get even worse as Willard's campaign continues.

    Pay Lay Ale ("Oh God, beer is good for my mouth")

    December 30, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. David

    Why is it people demand that others quit attacking a person's religion when it comes to Romney or Obama, but feels it is OK to attack Huckabee because he is a Christian?

    December 30, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. hard p

    this is absurd! get the presidente on the phone!

    December 30, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Dianne

    To Kerry San Jose: I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I would like to bear my testimony to you and others who believe that we are a cult and that we are not Christians. First of all the name of the church testifies to the world that it is the Church of Jesus Christ. He is the same Christ that the rest of the Christian world worships. He lives and loves each one of us and he knows each one of us personally. He was born into this world in the humblest of circumstances to show us through His example the things that we need to do while we are here. He spent His whole life ministering and serving others. He paid the ultimate price by taking upon Himself the sins of the world and by allowing Himself to be crucified on the cross. I know that He was willing to be bound by the chains of death so that He could break them for all mankind. He is our Saviour and Redeemer and I like other members of the church try to live my life in accordance with His commandments and His example. I love Him and He is my friend. I would ask that if you are interested in knowing the real truths about the church that you go to the sources that will tell you the truth and not the untruths that are circulating on here and by those who have their own agenda in defacing the church. We strive to better our lives each day by following His example. No one tells me that I have to believe these things and the other teachings of the church, I have studied and prayed myself for the answers and have found them and I am grateful for the blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into my life and the lives of my family members who strive each day to be a better people. Please everyone out there don't condemn what you truly know nothing about.

    December 30, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Anthony

    God, save America from religiously deluded politicians, including presidents.
    The current one is well enough!
    Whoever created that "trick" with the card got the point! True Mormonism venerates polygamy. Is it Mormon religion, itself, which forbade polygamy?
    By the way, it is such a pity and sorrow to see Americans (in general) so hopelessly behind the progressive open minded Europe, I mean the Western Europe, of course.

    December 30, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Oscar-Iowa City

    That's great. All religious people should be mocked and derided. Its ridiculous to point at mormonism and say "that's a crazy religion!" but then look at say catholocism or judaism and say "that religion seems well founded in reality". All religions are crazy and ridiculous and any adult who claims to be a believer is either a liar or unfit to be president.
    Another wonderful thing about this dirty trick is that it belies republican scum-bag-ism.

    December 30, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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