To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Jerry Maywald’s letter, “Romney’s church” (Sept. 15).
I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormons) for my entire life. I would like to clear up some misconceptions stated in his letter.
Anyone is welcome to visit any Mormon church at any time. It says on the outside of every Mormon chapel, “Visitors Welcome.” Mormon temples are open to the public prior to dedication. After dedication, you must be a member of the church in good standing and have a recommendation to enter a temple.
Part of being a member in good standing is to pay an honest tithe, 10 percent of what you make. This is similar to donations that other churches collect.
Mitt Romney has revealed how much he has paid in tithing. How much each person pays is between them and the Lord. And, yes, tithing is a donation and it is a legal tax break.
The gigantic food center supply is available to anyone in need. All the church requires is some sort of service be done in return. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of first responders to provide food and supplies to any area that is experiencing a disaster, i.e., tornado, hurricane, flood, tsunami.
I, too, stand for the principles that Romney stands on and that have been taught in the Mormon church throughout its existence and will be continued to be taught for years to come.