- Mormonism is uniquely American - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a church with uniquely American roots. Not only was it founded in 1830 in upstate New York; the book of scripture that gives members of the church their nickname, The Book of Mormon, takes place within the boundaries of today's United States. Even as Mormons were driven out of the United States, they understood American Exceptionalism before this wonderful phrase was coined. The Constitution is a divinely-inspired document and the United States is the Promised Land, whose only king is Christ, the Lord.
- Mormonism is optimistic about America's future - There are many people, left, right and center, who are pessimistic about America's future. They feel our best days are behind us. Mormons feel quite the opposite. Mormons believe that America's role in God's plan is to be the home of the New Jerusalem and the constitution will continue to be the supreme law of the land. This means America's future is bright - however her present is rocky.
- Romney's service as a Bishop and Stake President will "humanize" him - Romney is seen, I think unfairly, as a calculating and some-what aloof rich guy who cannot relate to the average Joe. I think his role as a Bishop (someone who presides over a congregation) and Stake President (someone who presides over 8-13 congregations) uniquely prepared him for the Presidency. Every week Mitt Romney, the rich Bain Capital guy with the "perfect" family, met one on one with people struggling with financial difficulties, single moms who are struggling with despair, families broken by affairs and abuse, teenagers dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, children who lost a parent due to death, neighbors who are not getting along, and he list goes on and on. Mitt Romney understands the "common man" and their real problems in a much more intimate way than B. Hussain Obama could ever imagine. As impressive as his leadership with the Olympics, or his success in the private sector is; the volunteer service he performed in leading a congregation gives him insight into "the real world" that a college professor in the ivory towers will never understand. This is one of Mitt Romney's great advantageous and I hope someone says it.
Over the past four years much has been said about Mitt Romney and how his Mormonism will negatively affect his campaign for the Presidency. As a Mormon, myself, I understand these arguments, allow me to share a few arguments how his Mormonism may help him. The question isn't whether you think Mormonism is true or not. That doesn't matter. The question is how does a person's religion (in this case, Mormonism) color a person's perspective on the world.