I was raised a Mormon. By old time Mormons who taught me real Mormonism. The church tends to gloss over a lot of the old teachings these days, they want to be relevant and some of the teachings are downright bizarre. But yes, Mormons believed (and still do I presume) in the White Horse Prophecy
. However, there is much more to the story.
The first thing I should attempt to explain is PreOrdination. Mormons believe that we were alive in heaven before we came to earth. We come to get bodies and learn and prove ourselves. They also believe that before we come we are given tasks that we will need to fulfill. This makes one "PreOrdained". As I explained in a comment this differs from Predestination. Mormons believe completely in free will. Predestination would remove free will. So thus, Mormons are instead preordained. It is entirely possible, and I would even say probable that Romney believes he is preordained to be President.And so do most Mormons.
One cannot know what Mormons believe and dismiss the probability that they are connecting the dots between the White Horse Prophecy and Romney's run for the White House.
But wait! There's more.
Let's go back to the Book of Daniel in the Bible. Book 2, verses 28 through 45 concern a dream that King Nebuchadnezzar had. He saw an image in the form of a man who had body parts in different materials, the feet being of clay. Daniel starts explaining the dream and then prophecies:
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.Mormons believe that their church is the Kingdom of God spoken of by Daniel. See Doctrine and Covenants Section 65 verse 2.
See any similarities? Daniel 2:45
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.D & C Section 65 verse 2:
The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.Now a reasonable person would assume that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young plagiarized shamelessly from the Bible. But Mormons believe that their scriptures are further revelations, from the same author (God). So they don't think that. Instead it reinforces their beliefs.
So let's recap. The Kingdom of God is the Mormon church, which will come forward in the end times and save the constitution, and establish a Theodemocracy .
I don't have a problem personally with what Mormons believe privately. Or any other religion. But if Romney who is steeped in Mormon culture and lore even halfway believes any of this, yeah, it starts to be a problem.
Such a person in a position of power, who has a completely different vision of America, who cannot but help listen to the dictates of the Prophet and Quorum of 12 Apostles, well, I can't even begin to imagine the possibilities. Can you?