Like Mitt Romney, I’m a Mormon, and as with him my Mormonism seems to be a defining, make-or-break characteristic for many people I meet. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made great strides in the past decade at improving its public image, partly as a result of an extensive and expensive PR effort. At the end of the day, though, polls show fairly consistently that we Mormons still rank near the bottom when Americans are giving “approval ratings” to religions. Many Americans report that they would never vote for a Mormon for national office.
That’s fair enough, but I wish that America would at least judge us on the basis of what we actually believe and do, rather than what America apparently thinks we believe and do. With that in mind, here are five things that I wish mainline Protestants understood about Mormons.