From The Salt Lake Tribune:
A number of Mormons seem to think that fellow believer Mitt Romney, now slumping in the polls, needs a little, shall we say, divine help for his performance at next week’s presidential debate.
They’ve been circulating a request via email that sympathetic Latter-day Saints join them in forgoing food and water on Sunday in a collective effort to support the candidate.
"I am asking you to join me and my family ... by fasting and praying for Mitt Romney that he will be blessed in the debates, which will be held Oct. 3rd," says an email posted early Wednesday by The Student Review, an off-campus paper for Brigham Young University students. "I know that seems like such a small thing but I believe ‘from small things, great things can come about.’ "
The email went on: "I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles."
Others in the email chain have suggested putting Romney’s name on the "temple prayer roll," which is typically reserved for those who are sick.
McKay Coppins, a political reporter for BuzzFeed, also reported the fasting effort, saying that "sources who have received it said it has reached Latter-day Saints in Utah, California, Nevada and Colorado at least."Getting a little bit desperate, aren't they? Even when I was a believing Mormon, the thought of praying to God to intervene in a political election would be ludicrous. Evidently, that is not the case for some people.