Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Iowa's Place In Mormon Tradition Iowa's Place In Mormon Tradition

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Want access to this content? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation


Iowa's Place In Mormon Tradition

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated where Joseph Smith was killed. He died in Carthage, Ill.

If there's one subterranean factor that has prevented Mitt Romney from excelling in Iowa, it is evangelical Christians' discomfort with his Mormon religion. It's a part of Romney's life he deals with carefully, playing up his faith's demonstration of his values while discussing it only as necessary.

But Iowa once played a pivotal role in the Mormon Church's history. Council Bluffs served not only as a key waystation in the Mormon migration westward, to Salt Lake City -- a point the Washington Post's Jason Horowitz hints at today, in a story datelined from the banks of the Missouri River -- it was also the location at which the foundation of the Church's governing hierarchy was established.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories


Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter