Mormons Resurrecting ‘White Horse Prophecy’ Around Romney’s Campaign

Mitt to the rescue: It was a prophecy allegedly uttered by Joseph Smith himself, but one the modern Church of Latter Day Saints dismisses. It predicts that in some future end time, with the U.S. Constitution hanging by a mere thread, a Mormon will ride in on a white horse to save it and, by extension, the United States.

While presidential candidate Mitt Romney denies giving the prophecy any credence, it has come up each time a Mormon has run for president: in 1968 when George Romney ran, and in 2000 when Orrin Hatch ran.

‘Power will be given to the White Horse to rebuke the nations afar off, and you obey it, for the laws go forth from Zion.’
— Joseph Smith

The disputed prophecy was recorded in a diary entry of a Mormon who had heard the tale from two men who were with Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Ill., when he supposedly declared the prophecy.

“You will see the Constitution of the United States almost destroyed,” the diary entry quotes Smith as saying. “It will hang like a thread as fine as a silk fiber.”

Not only will the Mormons save the Constitution, under the prediction, but the prophecy goes further, insinuating that Mormons will control the government.

“Power will be given to the White Horse to rebuke the nations afar off, and you obey it, for the laws go forth from Zion,” the prophecy says.

Mormons believe that Smith found ancient gold plates and transcribed them into the Book of Mormon. In 1844, a year after he supposedly told of the White Horse Prophecy, Smith ran for president, but was murdered by a mob. Given the entire premise of the LDS and the fact that the church has posthumously baptised thousands of non-Mormons, including Adolf Hitler and Elie Weisel, it’s curious why it is so quick to deny this particular crackpot prophecy.

The LDS Church denounces the premonition, which was recorded 10 years after Smith’s death. A church spokesman pointed to a quote from the faith’s sixth president, Joseph F. Smith, who called the prophecy “ridiculous.”

“It is simply false; that is all there is to it,” the church prophet was quoted saying.

Mitt Romney claims not to believe in the prophecy, and maintains his daddy didn’t believe in it, either:

“I haven’t heard my name associated with it or anything of that nature,” Mitt Romney told The Salt Lake Tribune during an interview earlier this year. “That’s not official church doctrine. There are a lot of things that are speculation and discussion by church members and even church leaders that aren’t official church doctrine. I don’t put that at the heart of my religious belief.”

But George Romney wasn’t so absolute when he offered an interpretation of the prophecy to “Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought” in 1967:

“I have always felt that they meant that sometime the question of whether we are going to proceed on the basis of the Constitution would arise and at this point government leaders who were Mormons would be involved in answering that question.”

Frankly, given the six years of abuse perpetrated by the Bush administration on the Constitution, any savior on a white horse — Mormon, Jewish, Presbyterian or Scientologist — would be welcome.

12 Responses »

  1. Trish June 5, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Maybe the guy on the white horse is fellow Mormon Harry Reid.

  2. George in PA June 6, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    Please, please remember that the Mormon “bible” was dictated to Mr. Smith by a salamander. I believe it was wearing Elvis’s gold lame suit.

  3. jeffreydj June 6, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    The really creepy thing here is that our Constitution, thanks to the criminals currently occupying the White House, IS hanging by a chad. And as related by Buck, the prophecy doesn’t unambiguously state that the White Horse Rider will in fact rescue that document. It seems to me that Romney may be the Repub candidate likeliest to complete the hatchet job Bush began.

    Like I said, creepy.

  4. Anonymous June 17, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    What if the LDS are the anti christ who will come in sheeps clothing to save the world …..

  5. Anonymous June 17, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Christians are Satan’s deception…. take a look at Washington and the whole of the USA…. a nation full ov gay drunkened drugged whore & whore mongering Christians…. who like their mother church the catholics in Rome have killed millions…..around the world….

  6. Anonymous June 17, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    Just look at all the illegals in the USA …. catholic mexicans…… now given a chance to become pardoned criminals in the usa by christians….. why not just open the prisons and pardon all the felons…… that would be the just thing to do….. equal rights for all felons……

  7. Anonymous June 17, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    After all doesnt their god say turn the other cheek….. let all the rapist murderous felons out ….. they are no different than the illegals in the usa…… all are felons under the law….. but so are most in Washington since God the Father says gays are an abomination in his sight and most of the USA seems to be gay or allow gays ….. the bible says that the nation will be judged guilty until it follows the laws of God ….Numbers 35: 33 “No Expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it….. except by the blood of him who shed it” until USA takes God serious and stones all the guilty ….. the USA will be found guilty as a whole nation…… or you can continue with the soft side of it that is the words of the catholic church…. after all they had to turn the other cheek ….. they were all guilty….. and faced death…… they created a new god …one of forgiveness unlike the Father God who demanded death for gays murders whores and whoremongers ……

  8. Madison June 18, 2007 @ 6:42 am

    God said judging others is the worst sin of all, so maybe you and your running buddies at the Westboro “God Hates Fags” Baptist Church should go stone yourself.

  9. [...] Mitt Romney’s campaign for the US Presidency has stirred the pot sufficient for opponents to circulate whispers and accusations of purported theocratic prophecies that have bubbled to the surface. A classic is the “White Horse Prophecy.” The prophecy was widely circulated by, among others, Robert W. X. Smith in his The Last Days which was repeatedly printed in the 30’s and 40’s then updated in the late sixties in order to incorporate more misconstrued modern prophet goodness. As you can see from the title, “Time is being shortened!” “It is later than you think!” and the “Greatest Sign of the 2nd Advent Has Already Occurred!” In short, get your food storage and a shotgun, because the time is now. Unfortunately, this kind of worldview is not only goofy and creepy, but also dangerous. [...]

  10. barry July 25, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    The White Horse Prophecy seems typical of the LDS: make an extreme statement and then contradict and deny it.

    The LDS is the closest thing to a theocracy we have now in this country…though it is far from “Christian”! Its “defense” of the constitution seems rather long in coming. As another poster said, the gang of criminals in the White House have it already hanging by a chad. Not only has the lDS not stopped them, but it has actually SUPPORTED them!

    Harry Reid’s role is interesting but he cannot speak for the Church or its Twelve Apostles or its Quorum of the Seventy. It would seem to me that Mormons have a duty to hold their own church to its core beliefs, and this prophecy of Joseph Smith would seem to be one!

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  12. amy July 14, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    I am SICK of people saying homosexuality is an abomination of God. you’re picking and choosing what you want to belive from the Bible. I believe it also says children who disobey their parents should be stoned. Women(not men, of course) who commit adultery should be stoned. If you’re going to say homosexuals are an abomination, you should start stoning your children. By the way, if we did exactly what the Bible says, we should still own slaves. If we started stoning people their would be no one left.

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