The Straits Times
Published on Sep 03, 2012

Fellow Mormons laud Romney for raising church's profile


WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire, (REUTERS) - Mormon churchgoers on Sunday thanked Mr Mitt Romney for raising the church's profile in his race for the White House and praised the Republican candidate's acceptance speech at a nominating convention in Tampa, Florida last week.

Mr Romney, who would be the first Mormon president if he wins the Nov 6 election, sat smiling with his wife, Ann, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, spoke about their faith and lauded the former Massachusetts governor's performance at the Republican National Convention (RNC).

Mr Romney, who was a Mormon missionary in France and later became a local pastor in Massachusetts, lives nearby and worships in the church.

Mr J.W. Marriott - the son of the founder of the hotel chain and the current chairman of Marriott International Inc - spoke to the small congregation, noting that as Mr Romney's profile has risen, the church has enjoyed increased and more positive media coverage.