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The fate of a nation in the "natural" (the physical) can depend greatly on the choice of leaders (who, after all, wage or don't wage war; and who contribute to moral decisions) but the idea that a political choice determines an apocalypse or whether God will chastise a country is more nebulous: He is infinitely bigger and vastly more cognizant than any human or computer program and judges a nation not by what's in the news or government so much as what is in every single person's heart (which of course is often reflected in what is in government).

What He sees may be far different, and far greater, than what we do, despite our tendency to simplify it.

Still, the idea persists. And it is fascinating -- none more than certain beliefs in Mormonism in what they call the "White Horse prophecy."

Purportedly, the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith Jr., prophesied in 1843 that the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) would go to the Rocky Mountains and become a great and mighty people, represented in John's Book of Revelation by the white horse (19:11). One day, said Smith, the United States Constitution would "hang like a thread" (as fine as a "silk fiber") and would be saved "by the efforts of the White Horse." Some assert that there is a school of thought within Mormonism that expects the U.S. one day to become a theocracy dominated by their Church. While a number of officials within the Church deny Smith ever prophesied this, others argue that contemporaries of the founder uttered the same thought and that Smith's successor, Brigham Young, said as much in public statements.

Smith viewed capturing the presidency -- for which he himself ran in 1844 -- as part of the Church's mission and some believe the action of the "White Horse" has apocalyptic dimensions -- that it will usher in the Second Coming. Several prominent Mormons, including a conservative talk-show host named Glenn Beck, have publicly alluded to this apocalyptic prophecy.

Might selection of a leader have apocalyptic undertones after all?

In 1967, U.S. presidential candidate George W. Romney of Michigan said the following regarding the White Horse Prophecy: "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." However, his son, Mitt, said in 2007, "I haven't heard my name associated with [the White Horse Prophecy] or anything of that nature. That's not official church doctrine.... I don't put that at the heart of my religious belief."

Although not baptized as Christians, Mormons believe in the special nature and powers of Christ in conjunction with God and the Holy Spirit. Members are known for their discipline, devotion to country, dedication to church, and upright ways. Romney once served as a missionary in France (where he survived a brutal head-on collision with a Catholic priest, who became a bishop); he was named after the prominent Mormon and hotel founder Willard Marriott (from whom he got his first name while the nickname Mitt comes from removing four letters from Marriott). The Book of Mormon is in every Marriott Hotel room, next to the Bible, to which Mormons also adhere.

Smith, a Freemason, was raised by parents who, it is reported, loved Jesus. He is said to have founded Mormonism after he discovered supernatural gold plates written centuries ago by ancient prophets called Mormon. He was led to them by way of a "seeing stone" (later, it was stated that he actually found them after an appearance of an angel or deceased Indian named Moroni on a hill in Upstate New York. He was raised in the town of Manchester near Canandaigua. The name Canandaigua is derived from the Seneca name spelled variously Kanandarque, Ganondagan, Ga-nun-da-gwa, or in a modern transcription, tganǫdæ:gwęh, which means "the chosen spot," or "at the chosen town." From there Smith moved with his followers to the Midwest. Mormons are famous for stocking years' worth of food and other essentials.

[resources: The Final Hour and Tower of Light]

[see also: Cardinal George warns that secularization much bigger issue than politics, election]

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