As you know, I do not claim expertise in LDS matters. That said, I am thinking Mr. Marriott’s remarks are significant.
The religion is Christianity. Mormon (Later Day Saints) is a denomination like Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Amish, Presbyterian, etc.
Mr. Marriott is not a leader in the Church. He is a member. Each month, on the 1st Sunday of the month, all of the Church congregations have what is called a fast and terstimony meeting. For the prior 24 hours members are encouraged to fast and then donate what they save from the two meals they miss to the church for the express purpose of helping the needy.
Then, the meeting is open to the congregation for anyone who so desires to come forward and testify about Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, the founding of the church, spiritual experiences they may have had, etc.
That was the type of meeting being help and apparently Mr. Mariott took the occassion to stand and thank Mitt Romney.
Nothing unusual about that, that sort of things happens in thousands of congregations each 1st Sunday of the month...but rarely is it reported in the press.
Because of Romney being under the microscope now, I doubt much will transpire in public with him that is not reported on in one way or another. Detractors will try and make something out of it...some conspiracy I suppose or such...but there is nothing unusual or conspiratorial about it.
I’d rather have an American Mormon in the Whitehouse, than a Keynesian Muslim...