Recently, I invited three LDS missionaries to speak to my American Presidency students. Considering the possible “Mormon moment” that might arise from a Romney campaign win, I thought it made sense to hear the church’s perspective. The three young men, who took time from their personal day to make the visit, were polite and gracious, but we didn’t learn much about Romney. A couple of students and I asked, in several different ways, about the intersection between faith and politics within the church, but the only response was that the church allows its members latitude to support whomever they want politically and does not officially endorse any candidate.
I wish I had asked about the “white horse prophecy.” If you aren’t familiar, Joseph Smith Jr. allegedly said that the United States would face an unprecedented constitutional crisis that threatened the nation’s future, only to be saved by the “white horse,” or the LDS Church. This prophecy has gotten some media attention, with Salon, NPR, and other news outlets mentioning it.
I find the whole idea silly, but like with fundamentalist Christian eschatology, people on both sides of the aisle take it seriously.