UK-ROMNEY UK MORMON ROOTS - 175 years ago, his great great grandparents, Miles and Elizbabeth Romney stopped to listen to Mormon missionaries and they liked what they heard, according to historianElizabeth Basquill.
ELIZABETH BASQUILL, LOCAL HISTORIAN, SAYING:
"They used to have Mormon missionaries come to for a visit to their house on a Sunday, so they obviously got very involved in that short period of time with the Mormon Church."
LOCAL HISTORIAN AIDAN TURNER-BISHOP, SAYING:
"That is where it all began. That is the River Jordan of European Mormonism."
The Preston area is now home to Europe's largest Mormon community, many of whom worship at this temple. There are detailed family records, documenting the lives of the British Romney's both before and after they emigrated. The congregation is proud to have such a high-profile believer who could one day be in the White House.
BISHOP MICHAEL TURNER, SAYING :
"I think it's an exciting time for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. To have a candidate who is a member of the church is fascinating, it's interesting for us."
But for Mitt Romney, his faith and English roots remain a sensitive issue, partly because his Mormon religion is still regarded with suspicion by some voters.
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