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Romney says his Mormon tithing shouldn’t be public



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Ann Romney says tithing is an indication of how much faithful followers trust God and a way to show one’s love of the principle of sacrifice.

"And it teaches us not to be too, too tied to the things of the world," she says. "And it is a very good reminder of how blessed we really are, and most of those blessings do not come from a financial source, but from the power above."

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Mitt Romney also refers to his time as bishop of a Mormon ward in Massachusetts when the interviewer asks how he, as a wealthy person, can identify with people who are just scraping by or living on food stamps.

"Each of us faces struggles of one kind or another," Romney says. "Our life was not characterized by financial stress as much as it was by health issues. I served as a pastor of a congregation and saw people with various challenges and did my best to help them. I believe my experience in the private sector, the voluntary sector, and government has helped teach me what it takes to help people with different types of challenges."

Parade is included in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday. The magazine says it will cover Obama in a coming issue.

tburr@sltrib.com




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