Although Mitt Romney lost his presidential bid, Christians should be prepared for higher Mormon visibility and credibility in America, an interfaith witness expert and a seminary professor told Baptist Press.

“When Mormon missionaries knock on people’s doors, they will be seen in a more positive light when people know that [Romney] was once a Mormon missionary,” said Tal Davis, executive vice president of MarketFaith Ministries in Tallahassee, Fla., who served with the North American Mission Board for more than 20 years training Christians in interfaith witness.

“They will likely gain entrance into homes where they formerly would have been denied.”

The ascendancy of a Mormon leader to the cusp of the presidency, Davis said, “testifies to the fact that most Americans no longer regard Mormons as out of the cultural mainstream, as was true in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”

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