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Romney quotes Book of Mormon in speech

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney struck a somber tone in a speech Friday morning in addressing the fatal shooting at a movie theater in a Denver suburb – and he seemingly harked back to a passage from his faith's signature scripture, the Book of Mormon.

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"Today we feel not only a sense of grief, but perhaps also of helplessness," Romney said. "But there is something we can do. We can offer comfort to someone near us who is suffering or heavy-laden. And we can mourn with those who mourn in Colorado."

The latter sentence seems straight out of Mosiah 18:8-9 in the Book of Mormon.

"As ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life."

Romney has not been known to throw out LDS references in his speeches, though has noted Bible passages before. (h/t to Daniel Burton.)

In fact, "mourn with those who mourn" can also be found in the New International Version of the New Testament in Romans 12:15: "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

Jesus' Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount include similar wording in Matthew 5:4: "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" (King James Version).

Thomas Burr



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