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Dane McBride

Dane McBride got to know Mitt when they were missionaries in France for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked together at the offices of the French Mission in Paris in 1968. They were also good friends at Brigham Young University after leaving France.  is a physician of allergy & immunology and lives in Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Wayne State University’s school of medicine located in Detroit, Michigan. He did his residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and later did an Allergy and Immunology Fellowship At Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver. He and his wife Karma have three children and two grandchildren with twins on the way.

Michael Bush

Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years.  They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University and has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  1. I was prompted to share with you my own concerns about the Mormon faith, that is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    I am now independent in thought, in faith, and in politics … as such, I no longer lend my faith to any organized religious practices, but I do try hard to understand the differences that seem to drive wedges between folks because of those practices.

    Twelve years ago, I moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, to live close to my oldest son. His wife was raised in the Mormon faith, as were many, many of the folks who live in Idaho Falls. In the years that I have been here, I have become friends with many of these folks, one in particular … she and I have welcomed each other into our homes, we play Scrabble, we discuss new stuff that we have discovered on the internet, we “do lunch” and shop the bargain stores together, she has raised two boys and four girls, I have raised four boys … and we brag about our grandchildren and great grandchildren! As for our differences … well … I knit, she doesn’t; she is an accomplished pianist, I’m not; she is truly a faithful Mormon, I’m not; she’s already 80 years old, I’m only 75!

    Ours is just a wonderful friendship … quite like millions of others in our country.

    Beyond that introduction, I’m sharing with you a devotional speech that was given in 1974 by a leader from my friend’s church to the young people at Brigham Young University … it is titled Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Gordon B. Hinckley.

    http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=6055

    I believe that Dr. Hinckley’s devotional speech is more relevant today than ever before … with his messages such as, “I hope that you who come from elsewhere will pardon my saying a few words concerning my own native land, America. I know that she has problems. We have heard so much of them for so long. But surely this is a good land, a choice land, a chosen land. To me it is a miracle, a creation of the Almighty. It was born of travail. The Constitution under which we live is the keystone of our nation …”

    From my childhood, through Methodist Sunday School and Youth Fellowship and Worship Service … through my public education from first grade and high school to undergraduate and graduate school … inspirational leaders so much like Gordon B. Hinckley have influenced my life.

    Some of those leaders were men, some women; some spoke several languages, others only English; some were educated in the United States only, others were educated here and abroad. I’m not sure who lent their faith to organized religious practices or who didn’t … but what I do remember the most is that they were all wonderful people, quite like Gordon B. Hinckley, quite like millions of others in our country.

    In 1778, the Constitutional Convention decided that there would be no religious test, no oath, no other (religious) requirement for any federal elected office; furthermore, the Constitutional Convention refrained from recognizing the religion of Christianity, or one of its denominations, as an established, state church here in these United States.

    However, as WE THE PEOPLE, each and everyone of us demands with our votes that our President of the United States be the ultimate leader for all of the people of the United States. For my vote, that ultimate leader is Mitt Romney.

  2. I find myself with some spare time to surf the web while recovering from eye surgery. While Mitt’s brother-in-law, Jim Davies, did not perform this particular surgery, he did get me over to a retinal specialist ASAP so that I would not lose my sight.
    While I have never met Mitt and Ann, I deal with some of their family members on a daily basis. Ann’s brother, Jim Davies, is one of the kindest men I have met and has a great sense of humor. I have personal testimony of his surgical skills and sometimes attend events as a spokesperson to let others know my positive experience with him. His wife Becky is also a very nice and an extremely busy gal. I often work at the home office of their children, Rachel & Travis. Mitt and Ann are their uncle and aunt. It is from there that I get to see fun, everyday family stuff go on. I see the adult cousins trade babysitting and help each other out. It is heart warming and makes me laugh.
    I am a mother of 4 grown children and a grandmother of 12. It is said that you really don’t know how you did raising your children until you see how they raise your grandchildren. Since 2 of the Romney families live near Rachel and Travis, I often get to see the cute cousins playing together. They are adorable.
    My favorite recent memory was when little Miles and Callen came running into the garage where I was and grabbed my arms telling me they had to show me something right now. As they grasped my wrists I felt a sticky, slobbery, substance on both wrists. I looked down and saw their faces also covered in it. They pulled me into the living room with great excitement to show me the many candy canes that Rachel had put on the Christmas tree. I noticed that many of the candy canes on the lower branches had the bottom portions broken off, and putting two and two together I now figured out what I was slimmed in. I said “Are you guys suppose to be taking those off the tree”? They both assured me that they were definitely not suppose to be taken off the tree. And they hadn’t been, they were still hanging there, just a little shorter with lots of slobber. What cute, creative little boys!

  3. Is there an email address where we can suggest campaign ideas to Brother Romney? Pray like it is up to God, work like it is up to us.

  4. I’m not American and I live in a very different part of the world (Malaysia). I do take a real interest in US politics and economics though and was pleased to see this site and understand its motivation. It does have an impact and I wanted to write to thank you for it.

    Keep going!

    David

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