Mitt Romney could become America’s first Mormon president. But the next test Romney must face is a victory in the South Carolina primary after having won Iowa and New Hampshire. If Romney’s winning streak is halted, it could happen in South Carolina, where Evangelicals make up 60 percent of the Republican vote, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
Will Evangelicals, who focus on the Bible, welcome a Mormon who includes The Book of Mormon as a source of faith? For some, the Mormon religion is the thing of mystery. Here are five facts about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon religion was founded on April 6, 1830, in Fayette, N.Y., by Joseph Smith, as reported at NPS.gov. Mormons were viewed with contempt by some, especially for the practice of polygamy. As a result, the headquarters were moved to Nauvoo, Ill. However, Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844 and tensions continued. Brigham Young took over and the Salt Lake area of Utah was envisioned as a place to move the headquarters.