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Feb 2, 2012
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Why Mitt’s Mormonism should be of great concern to American voters

by Tricia Erickson

Sports commentary by By Sean Keeler (click here)

I think we can all agree that it is important that the leader of the free world possess the ability to discern fact from fiction. Otherwise, if he has lived a life of deception, we can conclude that he will continue to be deceived and his judgment may be distorted. Because the wisdom, judgment and discernment of our President may be crucial to our nation’s survival, would it not be prudent to examine his fundamental foundation and beliefs? And if his beliefs are distorted, why would it not be critical to our existence to protect our country from being placed in the hands of such a person?

Mitt Romney is a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormon Church. As a former Mormon Bishop’s daughter and a former Temple Mormon wife, I can attest to the facts herein.

The most alarming information that the media is not bringing to the American people is the reality that Mitt Romney truly believes that when he dies, if he has kept his symbolic blood oaths and covenants to the Mormon Church, he will become a literal God in his next life. This is extremely important because Mitt Romney absolutely must put the Prophet and the religion of Mormonism first, before his allegiance to our country. His very eternal exaltation to godhood depends on it.

As a Mormon God, Mitt believes that he will be given his very own planet-kingdom in which to call his wife, Ann, into by her secret name, given only to Mitt in the secret Mormon temple ceremony. If Mitt does not call Ann into his kingdom, she will be placed in one of the lower Mormon “kingdoms of glory,” which puts Mitt in charge of Ann’s literal Mormon salvation and eternal life destination. If Mitt does call Ann into his kingdom, he and she will have relations to populate it with spirit children.

Mitt and Ann also believe that God, Himself, also possesses a wife on his planet and birthed us there. In other words, they, too, had relations together to create us humans, and we all “pre-existed” as spirit children on our Godmother and Godfather’s planet before we came down to earth to inhabit our earthly bodies.

Mitt Romney has participated in the secret Mormon Temple ceremonies throughout most of his life. In these ceremonies, he has made physical signs of slashing his throat by placing his right thumb to his left ear, dragging it around his neck to the right ear, symbolic of “suffering his life to death” if he reveals the secret blood oaths, covenants and rites he agreed to. He has also made physical signs of holding his right hand up, clasping a symbolic knife and taking the knife down to the left of his abdomen, pulling the knife to the top of his right shoulder, then holding the knife out to his right side, turning his hand downward allowing it to fall to the ground, then holding both of his arms out to the sides and bending his body forward, symbolic of his guts spilling on to the ground if he reveals the secret blood oaths, covenants and rites he agreed to therewith.

There were many more secret handshakes and blood oaths taken by Mitt and his wife, Ann. Mitt Romney started going through and participating in these ceremonies at the very young age of 19 as he embarked on his two-year mission for the Mormon Church.

Mitt Romney has sworn in the secret Mormon Temple Ceremonies to the Law of Consecration: “to consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the building up of the Kingdom of God on earth and for the establishment of Zion.” The Mormon Church will rule with Jesus Christ in the millennium and will become the Government Of God on earth.

Furthermore, the Mormon Church teaches that the Kingdom and Government of God will be ruled from the Garden of Eden, located in Jackson County, Mo.

The second prophet of the church, Brigham Young, stated in the Journal of Discourses, “No more or less than the complete overthrow of the nation, and not only of this nation, but the nations of Europe.”

Former Mormon prophet John Taylor explains in the Journal of Discourses volume 18, “The priesthood will be the only legitimate ruling power under the whole heavens; for every other power and influence will be subject to it. When the millennium is introduced, all potentates, powers, and authorities — every man, woman and child — will be in subjection to the Kingdom of God; they will be under the power and dominion of the priesthood of God.”

Mormon prophet Bruce McConkie stated, “During the millennium the church will have the rule and the government of the world given to it.”

There is no wiggle room when it comes to Mitt’s Mormonism. Mitt has a much longer term end-game goal than just the office of the Presidency. And, as you can see, this is not a Kennedy Catholic situation. There is no comparison.

Mormons believe that they are the only true church and their main objective is to be ready when the time comes for the millennial reign by having their leaders ready to rule, or already in key places of authority and power.

Their ultimate goal is to better serve their agenda by being able to rule and govern before the millennium actually takes place. CV

Tricia Erickson is a political consultant and on-air contributor. She has opined on many local and national news and entertainment TV and radio shows/networks. She is also the author of the new book “Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters? The Mormon Church Versus The Office Of The Presidency of the United States of America.”


Sports commentary

By Sean Keeler

Spreading the love around

Five seconds on the shot clock…

:05: What does Drake men’s basketball coach Mark Phelps have to do to get a little love around here? The Bulldogs had won five of their last seven heading into the middle of the week and finished January in a third-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference (6-5 league, 13-9 overall). While Rayvonte Rice and Ben Simons have more than matched their preseason hype, it’s senior guard Kurt Alexander who’s been a revelation of late — averaging 18 points per game over his last three contests and 13.6 points over his last 10 prior to Wednesday night’s visit to Indiana State.

The website RPI ( on Monday gave Drake a 76 percent chance of heading into the MVC tourney with a winning record. Phelps is on the cusp of becoming the first coach since Gary Garner to churn out multiple winning seasons on Forest Avenue — and that was back in 1987. Drake remains on a pace to avoid the play-in round at Arch Madness for the first time since 2008, when Adam Emmenecker, Leonard Houston, Klayton Korver and the gang were driving Cinderella’s carriage straight to the NCAA tourney in Tampa. Conventional wisdom says a winning ledger ought to get Phelps off the hot seat and into either the College Tournament (CIT) or College Basketball Invitational (CBI). No, it’s not sexy, but at least it shows that the Bulldogs have got the train moving forward again — and with a roster that should return largely intact next fall.

:04: OK, OK, Cyclones: We believe. The trick now is coming out of February in one piece — five of Iowa State’s eight contests over the course of the month are away from the friendly (and loud) confines of Hilton Coliseum. Big-picture bottom line: Twenty wins before the Big 12 tourney and maybe one more quality scalp on the wall — Kansas State and Baylor are still ripe for the picking — should be enough to punch the Cyclones’ ticket to Bracketville. Should.

:03: The Hawkeye men’s basketball team wins at Wisconsin and at Minnesota and then… loses at home to Nebraska. When it comes to the last nine Big Ten conference regular-season tilts on Fran McCaffery’s dance card, your guess is as good as ours. Probably better.

:02: A few weeks ago, we jumped hard on the Northern Iowa bandwagon, only to twist an ankle along the way. A slew of puzzling January losses have all but eliminated the Panthers (14-9, 4-7 Missouri Valley as of Monday) from NCAA at-large consideration — February is probably going to be about seeding for the Valley tournament as much as anything. If it makes UNI fans feel any better, most pundits expected this season to be one step back before the Panthers take two steps forward again; at least you’ve got bragging rights in the office after a 4-0 sweep of Iowa, Iowa State and Drake. And, like the Bulldogs, UNI could be extremely dangerous at Arch Madness, an unenviable draw that’s capable of taking down almost anybody on a hot-shooting night. It’s also more than capable of flaming out in a major hurry.

:01: If you’re having a hard time getting aroused over the Patriots-Giants rematch in Super Bowl XLVI, join the club. A quick glance at some of the local ties doesn’t raise a lot of eyebrows, either: Former Iowa safety and Oskaloosa native Tyler Sash has excelled on special teams for the New York Giants; the G-Men’s offensive line coach, Pat Flaherty, was on Kirk Ferentz’s first Hawkeye football staff back in 1999. On the other side of the fence, ex-Iowa linebacker Jeff Tarpinian played in seven contests with the AFC Champion Pats before being placed on injured reserve with a head injury in November. Oh, yeah: New England’s tight ends coach is Brian Ferentz. We understand his dad is kinda rich. Patriots, 31-30. CV

Sean Keeler was a sports columnist at The Des Moines Register from 2002-2011. He can be reached at

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