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Peggy Fletcher Stack
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2 Mormon apostles attending Obama’s inauguration

Though the vast majority of Mormons identify as Republicans and a Mormon Republican ran against President Barack Obama, the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sending two LDS apostles to the Democratic president’s Jan. 21 inauguration.

"The First Presidency has asked Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Quentin L. Cook to represent the church at the presidential inauguration and accompanying events," church spokesman Scott Trotter said in a statement.

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Last time around, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church’s governing First Presidency, and fellow apostle M. Russell Ballard attended the Obama’s historic Jan. 20, 2009, swearing-in.

In a January 2012 Pew survey, 74 percent of U.S. Mormons said they lean Republican. Of these four LDS leaders, Ballard and Perry were, as of last month, registered Republicans, according to public records, while Uchtdorf and Cook were unaffiliated.

As an institution, however, the LDS Church is politically neutral.

Peggy Fletcher Stack

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