(Warning, this article contains extremely religious content and may cause considerable discomfort to atheists, agnostics and willing sinners. Some Christians may even experience incredulity and anxiety. Nevertheless, this is the real reason behind why Mitt Romney lost the presidential election in 2012.)
Mitt Romney is a righteous person. I can say that because I understand the nature of his service as a lay minister and leader within the “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.” The positions to which he was “called” require a man who is willing to do as Christ asks. They require a person to live the kind of life that will allow the Holy Ghost to guide and direct him. My experience within “The Church” leads me to believe Mitt Romney is that kind of man.
There are many things which support a belief that God guides his life. I would like to just emphasize two. The first was when he was still a very young man. While Elder Romney was serving as a Missionary in France, the Mission President (the adult in charge) was involved in an automobile accident. As a result Mitt was called to lead the mission for the next 6 months. For the Church to entrust a responsibility like that to a 20/21 year old youth; is unheard of. Things do not often happen by accident to worthy Missionaries. The Lord trusting him with the affairs of the mission at such a tender age portends that Elder Romney was being prepared for something in his future.
Secondly, not to belittle the many hours of exhausting preparation and dedicated work, etc., but his becoming the CEO of Bain Capital when he did and how he did and then seeing the success which followed, would be considered by many to be extremely lucky. Taken in context and with an eye to see, his rapid and pecuniary success also points to God preparing him for the future. Naturally, his success continued as he became the Governor of Massachusetts and in overseeing the Salt Lake Olympics.
I really don’t want to belabor the point, so let it suffice to say that I believe Mitt Romney to have been prepared by God; but for what?
Governor Romney, I’m sure, has watched as the Lord guided his amazing life. A life not without struggles but amazing nevertheless. He has been open to God’s intervention and has probably been surprised and thankful for where it has led him. Being familiar with the promptings of the spirit, I am sure that he felt his run for the presidency in 2016 was in accordance with what God wanted him to be doing. He was right. God did want him to run. That is why it came as such a shock to him when he lost.
Why would God want Mitt to run and lose? The question must have haunted him. The answer is really quite simple. I wonder if he has figured it out yet. You see, God did want Mitt to run for President, to do very well and then lose. (I mean, if it wasn’t for the hurricane altering course for New Jersey, he may have won. A hurricane altering the course of the election a week before the vote! You have to see God’s hand in that!) The question is why.
In April 2011, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” had 54,510 missionaries serving throughout the world. Mitt ran for President, did well, and caught the attention of the world. Being a “Mormon”, his religion also received a lot of attention. As a result of the election of November 2012, Mitt Romney lost. In October 2012, The Prophet of the Lord Jesus Christ, President Monson, announced a change in missionary service simply dropping the age of young people that are allowed to serve by one or two years. Would that change have been made if the world had not just been exposed to what has been called the “Mormon Moment?” Is it coincidence that the two events, Mitt running for President and the change in the age for missionaries came at the same time? I don’t think so. As a result of these two events, there are now 88,000 LDS missionaries. An increase of almost 30,000 in just under four years! I do not believe such a large increase would have happened in such a short time if Mitt Romney had not become so visible on the world stage. Thank you Mitt for your service. “God truly does work in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform.”
So why did he lose? Consider what would have happened media wise had Mitt won. As usual, especially with conservative or Republican presidents, the media would have been very critical and even caustic. That negative media attention would have spilled over to “The Church.” The positive exposure for the church, because of his candidacy, would likely have been undone had he won. Therefore, he had to lose so that “The Work” might continue onward. Had he won, God’s work would have undoubtedly suffered.
Well, a different, very religious and even incredulous reading of the events of 2012. Never the less, it explains a great many things. I believe it to be true.
In early 2015, Mitt once again toyed with the idea of running for the presidency for a third time. On January 30, 2015, he announced that he would not run. Is God’s hand in this decision? I suspect that it is. It would appear that Mitt is relegated to being an elder statesman for now, a role for which he is suited and one that he has performed very well for the past two years.
Whatever the future, I wish Mitt well.
By: Samuel Waen Jensen