In an interview with CNN’s Gloria Borger, Mitt Romney opened up on his faith and family and even offered details into the Mormon religion and his place in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Members of his family, including wife, Ann, talked to Borger about the presumptive Republican candidate for president about who he is as a person and family man outside the political spotlight.
Romney on his mission in France:
When you’re off in a foreign place and you only take to your parents once or twice a year by phone — that’s all that’s allowed — and you’re out speaking to people day in and day out about your faith and your religion and differences between your faith and other faiths… you say, ‘OK, what’s important here? What do I believe? What’s truth? Is there a God? Is Jesus Christ the son of God?’
Romney on his leadership role in the church outside of Boston:
After he and Ann were married and they later settled in Boston, Romney became a church leader there. He would serve as head of the Belmont, Massachusetts, congregation and his duties included not only leading the service but also counseling people, comforting the sick and arranging financial help for those in need. It’s an unusual part of my faith in that we don’t have a full-time ministry. There’s no one paid to be the pastor and conduct services on Sunday and really no one who is full-time with the church to care for the sick and visit the poor. And so the church comes and says, ‘We’d like you to do that, Mitt.’ And so for about 10 years I took responsibility for the congregation or a group of congregations, and in that regard I was like the pastor.