He wasn’t the president yet…

November 10, 2011

Mitt Romney’s French education

The small church in the Bordeaux suburb of Talence looks the same today as it did in the late 1960s, when Romney and fellow missionaries were photographed in front of it during a rare visit by then LDS church president, Howard Hunter.

In this article you mention that Mitt Romney was in a photograph in the late 1960’s “during a rare visit by then LDS church president, Howard Hunter”.

In the late 1960’s, Howard Hunter was a high ranking church official – a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles”, but was not the President of the Church. He was called to the position of church president much later.

The reason I know this is because I served a mission for the LDS church at about the same time as Mitt Romney (1967-69), but in a different country. In spite of this minor error, I thank you and its author for this informative, interesting and unbiased article.


Yes, Hunter became the LDS president in 1994. We have corrected: GBU Editor

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stands with fellow Mormon missionaries in this handout photograph taken in front of the police station in Limoges, central France, in autumn, 1968.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Bush/Handout

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