Monday, February 12, 2007

Top Ten Reasons to vote for Mitt Romney

This list was read at our Elders Quorum date-night party on Feb. 10, 2007...and by popular demand...I have posted the following:

Top Ten reasons I hope to have a Mormon President

By David Alvord

10. So that the "National Cathedral" can be renamed the "National Tabernacle"

9. So NASA will comission a satellite to hie to Kolob

8. The Secret Service will be changed to the Sacred Service

7. All official government prayers to include the phrase: "that we all get home safely"

6. So that Napoleon Dynamite's endorsement does more that get Pedro elected

5. To have a President who can not only explain things in Layman's terms but also in Lemuel's terms

4. An exchange of presidential pardons for 100% home teaching

3. Finally a President who can not only pronounce the word "nuclear", but can also say "mahonri-moriancumr" and "maher-shalal-hash-baz"

2. At inauguration he will place his hand on the bible "as far as it is translated correctly"

1. To have a first family large enough to occupy all the rooms of the White House

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dave,

This is good material. You should send it to the Deseret News and Tribune and see if they publish it...

Mark said...

First of all, as a traditional Baptist, I was stunned after viewing a movie called "States of Grace." A friend of mine from Utah sent it to me for Christmas. In spite of everything I have come to learn about Mormonism, here is a movie – a Mormon movie nonetheless – that demonstrates a deep understanding of -- and longing for -- unconditional grace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In my opinion, it movingly depicts the power of God's healing love and redemptive grace that comes after a fall and repentance. It not only shows the heart of Christianity, but it convincingly challenges the stereotypes that many of us traditional Christians have of Mormons and their belief in only conditional grace.

Second of all, I love my country and the constitution it was founded upon. The only person I believe will stand up for those beliefs is Mitt Romney – a.k.a. The “Mormon Candidate.” I will say that it would have been hard to pull the lever for a Mormon until I had a few questions cleared up for me. I believe this movie can be a landmark film in presenting a view of the Mormon church and Mormon life that has never before made it to the big screen – answering simple questions such as polygamy (by far the funniest scene in the movie), interfaith relationships and Mormon beliefs concerning grace.

Many, and I do mean many, of the Mormon beliefs and doctrines I disagree with, but I don’t want a country ran by Pres. Clinton II, Obama, McCain or even Giuliani. I believe Gov. Romney is a Christian who shares my most important values. Now more than ever, we Christians need to pull together and I believe States of Grace can be that elusive element that brings us together. The movie is extremely thought-provoking and very educational for many in America who don’t know much beyond popular rumor about the faith of the man who just might be the next president. In short, this little film has the potential to actually shift and mold public opinion in a presidential campaign without being a political hatchet job like Fahrenheit 911. It should be required viewing for the entire Christian community.

My question is this – With all the stereotypes and misinformation out there about his beliefs, why hasn't anyone put this movie out there to help him? I would have to say I have never felt closer to Mormonism, and Christ's message of love, redemption, and hope, than after viewing States of Grace. You have a tool to answer the questions that would help me pull the lever for Gov. Romney, and you’re not using it.

I emailed “Evangelicals for Mitt” and they’ve never heard of the movie. I emailed a website called MittRunMitt.org and they dismissed me. I found more information on this movie at www.StatesofGrace.net

I hope you care enough to do something about this – or I’ll find a way to do it myself. I can't believe that a Baptist has to push a Mormon movie, but if thats what it takes, then that is what it takes. I just need help.

Your Brother in Christ,

Mark L.

p.s. I Googled “Mitt Romney supporters” and found your website. I hope you have some sway with the powers-that-be in Salt Lake City because I couldn’t even find “States of Grace” at Wal-Mart – and they carry everything.

Rhapsidiomite said...

Mark, that's an interesting question. "States of Grace" represents an interesting film in a nascent but prolific Mormon enterprise: so-called "Mormon Cinema." (See Wikipedia or this article from the Village Voice for more on "Mormon Cinema.") Strangeley, States of Grace received a lot of disparaging flack from the Mormon community. While it was highly praised by many film critics, especially on a national level, many Mormons never gave the film a chance. Likewise, unlike the film director Richard Dutcher's first work, "God's Army," this film was criticized by Mormons for being edgy and it didn't receive the same kind of support to try and push it onto the national scene.

It did play in theaters in various cities throughout the nation. I went and saw it here in Los Angeles, and I believe it had very strong followings in NY.

The film definitely has a base of strong supporters, and I found it to be compelling on many levels. But, unfortunately, it seems its day of opportunity is past. Still, I like your pitch.

What do you propose to do?

I blogged about your comment over here at my blog.

Mark said...

"Strangely, States of Grace received a lot of disparaging flack from the Mormon community. While it was highly praised by many film critics, especially on a national level, many Mormons never gave the film a chance. "

Hello,

I'm sorry to hear that most Mormons do not like the film States of Grace. It is a clear demonstration of unconditional grace - a question asked by many of us Evangelicals concerning Mormons.

Having said all that, I do not care whether the Mormon community likes this film or not. I do not care for the success of this film among the Mormon community. What I do care about is this film's success in the Christian community and what it will do for Mr. Romney.

What do I propose?

We need to put this film into the hands of an influencer in the Evangelical community - a somebody. Rev. Billy Graham, Rev. Franklin Graham, Rev. Falwell, Pat Robertson, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, etc.

If one of these leaders calls States of Grace a "Must See..." Evangelicals will flock to it. Once they see it, they will soften enough to pull the lever for Mr. Romney.

I've been emailing the company who distributes States of Grace (they actually contacted me after seeing my letter in a blog), and their VP of Marketing promised me that if we could get a "Must See..." quote, they would redo their DVD artwork to include it and mass market to the Christian community.

Its obvious that we cannot rely on the Mormon church or community to do anything, so let us get the Evangelical community to do it. I believe our best avenue is "Evangelicals for Mitt," but they are just ignoring me. I'm hoping that all of the Mitt websites can prod them (Evangelicals for Mitt) to action.

The problem is that I'm a nobody and I don't know anyone important enough to make this happen. I change oil in Illinois for a living. That is why I'm going to as many bloggers as I can. There has to be someone who can make this happen.

Your Brother in Christ,

Mark L.

Matt said...

Holy Crap. I laughed my butt off, and now my pants don't fit right. I blame Bush.

Good work!

Mitt Rockers said...

I am a Mormon and I positively love Richard Dutcher's excellent film "States of Grace." In my view, the film depicts exactly what Mormons believe about the grace of Jesus Christ. The movie moved me to tears as it captured the reality of my own difficult journeys and the redemptive power I have felt in my life through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I agree that it could and should be used to help others understand more about the Mormon view of Jesus Christ's healing power.

MarcGfromCA said...

Please be careful. I hope that noone that is still on the fence or the media finds your top ten list. This material will scare the less informed voter into a vote for Thompson or McCain. I am not a mormon but I support and have given the max contribution to Mitt and have been very troubled that someone like Huckabee can even get a vote. I am sure that he or McCain would love to find this material. Thanks.

Mike said...

I am a mormon and I agree with MarcGfromLA.

This can be a damaging thing for those who would take the list at face value. Could be used against Mitt and spread fear. Remember, a lot of people still believe mormons have horns...

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh...the people that said this is damaging please get a sense of humor. I laughed incredibly hard. It was perfectly funny. I agree though in all seriousness that non-Mormons who don't know Mormon terminology 101 won't laugh...they will be scared. (They shouldn't be though)

Anonymous said...

ROTFLOL , This really was humorous for LDS's.

handmaiden said...

It brought a smile to my face. Just as long as priesthood tokens aren't being tossed around as good luck charms!! handmaiden
http://mormonnomore.blogspot.com

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