Moultrie Observer

Opinion

February 24, 2012

A Mormon question

MOULTRIE — Dear editor:

The other day, when I read about a possible reason why so many Latino Mormons migrate to America, I was stunned.

To quote the article, “Those stories in the Book of Mormon,” Garcia said, “give Hispanic Mormons a powerful religious argument to use, especially since most believe they are descendants of the Lamanites, an indigenous group in the Americas described in the Mormon sacred text.

According to the Book of Mormon, the Lamanites lived in the present-day American Southwest, traveled south and faced years of hardship and are prophesied to eventually return to the Promised Land.

In general, America is the Promised Land. Specifically, the New Jerusalem is in the Missouri area.

My question is, what does the Mormon Church think of the State of Israel being in the Middle East:

If Mormon candidate, Gov. Romney, believes the Book of Mormon, what does he think of the State of Israel being in the Middle East? What kind of a friend to Israel would he be?

Could this possibly be why Gov. Romney doesn’t speak about his “church” and why the Mormon Church is not really embraced by the church family, both Catholic as well as Protestant?

Denise M. Wilson-El

Moultrie

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