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With Santorum out, Romney poised to become first Mormon presidential nominee by major party–white horse top contender for Kentucky Derby–White Horse prophecy to be fulfilled?

With Santorum out, Romney poised to become first Mormon presidential nominee by major party–white horse top contender for Kentucky Derby–White Horse prophecy to be fulfilled?

With Santorum out, prospective Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney may find himself the focus of a unique religious phenomena–the prophecy.  In 1843, a prophecy was purported to have been made by Joseph Smith. This prophecy said that 

The Latter Day Saints would "go to the Rocky Mountains and … be a great and mighty people", identified figuratively with the White Horse described in the Revelation of John. The prophecy further predicts that the United States Constitution will one day "hang like a thread" and will be saved "by the efforts of the White Horse".

Lest one thinks the white horse is only figurative, check again.  A white horse has managed to run its way into the Kentucky Derby.   The horse's name is Hansen, by Tapit.  The New York Times calls him "The Great White Hope:"

His color has become his calling card. The day of the Gotham, his co-owner and breeder, Dr. Kendall Hansen, wore a T-shirt bearing the slogan “The Great White Hope,” and the date of this year’s Kentucky Derby. If Hansen makes it to Churchill Downs for the Run for the Roses, his popularity could soar.

“He has grown whiter from 2 to 3, and even race by race now,” Hansen said from his office at Interventional Pain Specialists in Crestview Hills, Ky. “He has a longer reach than most horses, so his action highlights his color. The Gotham really was a visually stimulating race.”

A paper by George Cobabe concludes that the White Horse prophecy while repeated many times by Mormon church members and leaders, cannot be said to be binding:

In summary it cannot be said that the White Horse Prophe- cy is accepted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as official or binding. It also is true that nothing in the so-called prophecy is quoted or used by authorities in the Church. It is true that there is language in the so-called prophecy that is found elsewhere in historically verifiable records.

The prophecy that contains the concept of the Constitution of the United States being challenged and then being saved by the Elders of the Church is generally accepted as a prophecy of Joseph Smith. There is evidence that the Prophet Joseph Smith repeated it more than once and was commonly understood and accepted. It has been quoted many times by leaders of the Church. It is nevertheless not part of the Church canon and is therefore not binding upon the membership of the Church.

But still.  It makes for an interesting story.

About Dakota O'Leary

Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
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