When Romney Was a Mormon President

Posted on June 11, 2012 by


When Romney Was a Mormon President By Max Perry Mueller (@maxperrymueller)

In Max Mueller’s article When Romney Was a Mormon President, the author hopes to chronicle Mitt Romney’s time serving as a Bishop, Stake President and his work at Bain Capital. In trying to accomplish this Mr. Mueller has made some assertions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that we here at Mormon Fact Check feel need to be addressed.

“The LDS Church is institutionally patriarchal: women do not hold the Mormon priesthood, a pre-requisite[sic] for most of Mormonism’s most sacred rituals.”

The author needs to do just a little more research here and that is where Mormon Fact Check can help. It is true that women do not hold the Priesthood, however it is only a prerequisite for men to have the Priesthood to participate in “Mormonism’s most sacred rituals”. Women do not have to hold the Priesthood to participate in any ordinance the church has to offer as long as they are worthy and prepared.

In the LDS Church, Sievers points out, “it’s clear that men run the show.” Under Romney’s tenure, however, she says, “the authority of men wasn’t as in your face.”

The priesthood leadership of the LDS church is different from most organization in that a person in a leadership position is really in a position of being a servant. When you are a CEO of a company, in a political office, or a leader in some organization in our society it might mean that the people of that entity are controlled by the leader. The organization of the LDS church is exactly opposite of this, the leaders are the servants and persuasion is their tool. In a recent issue of the church’s magazine Ensign, Counseling Together in Marriage BY RANDY KEYES has a section titled “In Priesthood Councils”

Understanding the correct meaning of presiding is vital in conducting an effective priesthood council. Those who preside “watch over the church” (Alma 6:1) and are responsible for ensuring that unity, equal participation, and other principles of counseling are being practiced. Elder Ballard reminds us that “those who hold the priesthood must never forget that they have no right to wield priesthood authority like a club over the heads of others. … Priesthood is for service, not servitude; compassion, not compulsion; caring, not control. Those who think otherwise are operating outside the parameters of priesthood authority.”