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Does Mitt Romney Think He Is a Son of Abraham and That the Land of Zion Will Be his Inheritance?

Exploring the deeper tenets of Mormon theology.

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According to the  Tenth Article of the Mormon Faith, this is not a spiritual metaphor: "We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory."

Does Mitt Romney think he is a son of Abraham and that Zion will be his inheritance? It is hard to imagine otherwise. He worships a god who cares who your father was, and his father, and his father before him and who, in part, allocates blessings accordingly. Indeed, Mormon doctrine may offer a little insight into why Romney appears so untroubled by an America where fortunes increasingly are dictated by heredity.

*The LDS Church, the dominant sect of the Mormon religion, supports polygamy or plural marriage only where it is allowed by law. It is assumed that some men will have multiple wives in heaven. 

Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington and the founder of Wisdom Commons. She is the author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light" and "Deas and Other Imaginings." Her articles can be found at
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