Mormonism is no cult

A supporter of Gov. Rick Perry said on Friday that Mormonism -- the religion practiced by GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman -- is a cult. It isn't, but it's clear that there is a widespread and unwarranted distrust of the religion among Americans. Messrs. Romney and Huntsman would probably prefer to talk about other things on the campaign trail, but we need a national conversation about this, much in the same way that we needed a national conversation about Catholicism before John F. Kennedy was elected president.

In Paul West's recent article concerning Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, ("Cain setback, Gingrich gain?" Nov. 30), it was stated that Mr. Gingrich "has also benefited from the persistent wariness toward Romney's Mormon faith." The true name of Mr. Romney's faith is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as "Mormons" because of our belief in The Book of Mormon) let me state unequivocally that we recognize Jesus Christ as our savior. He is the cornerstone of our faith. This misunderstanding is perpetuated by a lack of journalistic accuracy.

Kristen Ebert