Jan. 26 - Mitt Romney's bid for the presidency puts the spotlight on the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Mitt Romney's bid for the presidency has put the spotlight on the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, or LDS Church. A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that many Mormons feel discriminated against and do not feel accepted by other Americans as part of mainstream society. That's a view shared by some in Salt Lake City Utah, the home to the headquarters of the LDS church. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CAMERON CALDER, SALT LAKE CITY RESIDENT, SAYING: "I certainly believe that everybody has their own opinion about the Mormon church. You know as far as a misconception, I definitely believe that people have a misconception about Mormons but I don't think that really has a reflection on how he's going to be as a president." The Pew survey also found that many Mormons are optimistic, and think acceptance of their faith is rising. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEFF HORNE, FORMER-MORMON, RESIDENT OF SALT LAKE CITY, SAYING: "I think any attention where it's brought to, I don't know, it's hard to say why. I think any attention towards [the church] is a good thing. I think people will start seeing it as less of a strange cult thing and more of just a regular religion." Others are more suspicious, fearing that many still focus on the religion's polygamous past (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSAN PRITCHETT, SAYING: "No I think the Christian south. We're from the south and I think the Christian south is going to have a problem with it." So far during the Republican campaign, the focus has been less on Romney's religion and more on the millionaire's past as a Bain Capital executive. But that's a balance that could shift as the campaign moves forward. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.