Romney: My grandparents were not polygamists

“My dad’s dad was not a polygamist. My dad grew up in a family with a mom and a dad … Continued

“My dad’s dad was not a polygamist. My dad grew up in a family with a mom and a dad and a few brothers and one sister. They lived in Mexico and lived a very nice life there from what I understand and then when he was , I think five or six years old there was a revolution in Mexico. They escaped. […] My dad had a very tough upbringing.”

–Mitt Romney, in response to Montana Governor Schweitzer’s (D) comments on Romney’s family history with polygamy.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney smiles during a town hall-style meeting in Aston, Pa., Monday, April 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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  • Tomwe

    Interesting that Romney does not mention religion, only polygamy. He manages to distance himself from another strange religion and at the same time respond to the notion that all Mormon’s are polygamists which is really irrelevant since if we go back far enough in human history all of our ancestors may have been polygamists.

  • ccnl1

    While Mitt is explaining away his religion’s polygamist roots, hopefully he will also address the following:


    Joe Smith had his Moroni. (as does M. Romney and M. Otterson)

    “Latter-day Saints (e.g. M. Romney and M. Otterson) also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah.”

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this “tinkerbell” got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (as does B. Obama and his family)

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other “no-namers” to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these “pretty wingie thingies” to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

  • ccnl1

    And yes, Moroni did not have wings. He is that “pretty horn- blowing thingie” that adorns the top of all Mormon temples.

  • cydcrue

    Mr. Romney is disseminating!! What does it matter if his grandparents were polygamists? What matters is current Mormon doctrine that embraces polygamy and are waiting for the prophet to receive relevation about when. Polygamy may come before the second coming of christ. Most, however, believe it will be after the second coming when there is a more perfect world. Mormons believe that polygamy is the more perfect family unit and that in the next life (as in the celestial kingdom-heaven) the righteous will all live polygamy. That is the doctrin that Mormons try to cover up!!! They believe in polygamy and it is an essential part of their doctrine.

  • cydcrue

    Romney must be ashamed of his doctrine or he would be truthful!

  • cydcrue

    Ooops sorry that should have been dissembling as in disguising truth and putting out false information or half truths. He is however disseminating untruthful propaganda!!

  • cydcrue

    Anyone have any ideas how the general public can be educated on Mormon doctrine?

  • savvyMichael

    Absolutely not. Some Church members may have believed these ideas in the past. Some still do. Most do not, it is not taught within the Church and is by no means an “essential” part of our doctrine.

    The Mormons I know find the concepts of polygamy abhorrent. Stop disparaging the beliefs of modern-day Mormons based on the flawed history of their ancestors.

  • cydcrue

    Oh, you assume so much. What arrogance!! For your information, I am a Mormon! I am a returned missionary and I did my M.S. thesis on the LDS Church, I have been in the Relief Society Presidency, Young Women’s Presidency, Sunday school teacher, and primary teacher! Mormons believe in polygamy — certainly in the celestial kingdom — pure and simple! I just want folks to be up front and honest about it. If and when the prophet receives a relevation about the time — polygamy will once again practiced. Mormon doctrine states that polygamy is the higher order of the family. Romney is dissembling (telling a half truth) by distancing himself from polygamy. I don’t care if his ancestors were polygamists. In almost all societies out ancestors were polygamists. My concern is DON’T MISREPRESENT CURRENT CHURCH DOCTRINE. Mormons believe polygamy will be in the celestial kingdom possibly before. Perhaps it is you who should do some studying!!!!

  • catatonicjones

    Why did Romney’s ancestors move to Mexico in the first place? What about his great-grandparents?
    Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, married his fifth wife in 1897. That was more than six years after LDS church leaders banned polygamy and more than three decades after a federal law barred the practice.

    There’s your dissembling.