Oklahoma City-area Mormon leaders discuss campaign's impact

Several metro-area Mormon leaders said fellow Mormon Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has brought opportunities for dialogue about their often misunderstood faith beliefs
by Carla Hinton Published: October 31, 2012

For example, he said he saw Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, appear on a daytime television talk show where she was asked how it would be for her husband to greet families of troop members killed in the line of duty since Mormons don't believe in serving in the military. Bean said it was good to see Ann Romney take the time to explain that this was incorrect, that Mormons do serve in the military. Bean said he has several members of his stake who are stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, since his stake area includes the Midwest City and Del City area.

As for Tuesday's election, Graves said church members are encouraged to exercise their right to vote and to vote their conscience when doing so. However, they are not told who they should vote for, he said.

“I think we've benefited from having a member of our faith raise the awareness of our faith while we as a church have retained our neutrality. We really do try to remain separate from the political,” Graves said.

Bowman, a co-owner of several metro Jamba Juice establishments, said he does not impose his religious views on anyone, especially in the workplace. He said this election year with a Mormon presidential candidate has meant that more of his friends and workplace associates have come to him with questions about the Mormon faith.

“I've enjoyed that,” he said.

Bowman said he has been a registered voter since he was 18 and he tries to stay informed.

“I'm kind of looking forward to this election next week to see what develops,” he said.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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