Is Mitt Romney really going to be living in Utah? According to Deseret News, “Romney is building a new home in the Walker Lane area of Holladay and plans to live nearby while the house is being built.” Utah is the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”), and Mitt happens to be a Mormon; but Mormons can live wherever they feel they should, in fact most Mormons live outside of the United States. Sources say that Romney’s main reasoning for moving is so that he and his wife, Ann Romney, can have a home close to two of their five sons, who also live in Utah.
Will Mitt Romney for office again?
Thought Mitt is highly favored amongst most Utahns, political experts doubt that he will run for any state office while in Utah. Romney’s long-time friend and head of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, Kirk Jowers, told Deseret News, “I’m convinced Mitt Romney could be elected to anything he wanted in Utah but really doubt he will go down the path to elected office again in any capacity.” It seems that his move really is not about politics at all, just about family.
Mitt Romney, a family man
Mitt is a successful man in terms of business and politics. But everybody knows his first priority is the combination of God and family. One of those famous quotes, floating around on the internet, is of him saying, “I have never once regretted missing a business opportunity so that I could be with my children and grandchildren.” He loves his family, and the same can be said of his wonderful wife, Ann. A Mormon leader and Apostle of Jesus Christ, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, said this of family:
Since “no other success can compensate for failure”here [in the home], we must place high priority on our families. We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time (“Of Things That Matter Most,” Ensign, Nov. 2010).
I can only imagine how excited they are to have a home that is closer to their posterity in order that they might spend more time with them.
I invite you to learn more about Mitt’s faith, and why family is so important to him, by meeting with Mormon missionaries. There is no better source to go to, than the source itself.