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Romney next Mormon prophet? Even if he loses, he could be president

Published November 30, 2011 7:35 am

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If Mitt Romney fails to win the U.S. presidency, he could always take the helm of 14 million-member LDS Church, speculates one Bloomberg columnist."It isn't hard to see Romney, whose fervor for the Mormon faith runs deep, becoming president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," writes Albert R. Hunt. "When he was in his 30s, Romney was bishop of his congregation and president of the Boston-area church. He would be the most visible leader of the fast-growing and controversial denomination since Brigham Young."And Romney's age wouldn't deter him, Hunt writes. Romney is a mere 64 and Mormon prophets typically live into their 80s and 90s.Too bad Hunt didn't know that's not really how it works in the Utah-based faith: The Mormon presidency is not an elected nor appointed position.The LDS president, considered by the faithful to be a "prophet, seer and revelator," is always the senior member of the church's Quorum of Twelve Apostles.If his campaign falls short, though, Romney could be tapped as a Mormon mission president, an apostle or other high-ranking official. Or Romney could serve again on a local level as an LDS stake president, overseeing a regional group of churches. He might enjoy the chance to be called "President Romney."Peggy Fletcher Stack