Transcript for Grant Bennett Details Mitt Romney's Devotion to Service, Faith
I have been -- to spend thousands of hours over many years. With the dear friend and remarkable man named Mitt Romney. These wonderful. Even glorious hours together. -- spent in serving our fellow men and women. They were spent in service in our church. We embraced. Christ's admonition. In as much as -- have done it and 21. The least of these my brother and -- have done it unto me. The church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. And which we are members has an unpaid. Lay clergy. While raising his family and pursuing his career. Mitt Romney served in our church. Devoting 1015. And even twenty hours a week doing so. Like -- Mormon leaders he did so on his own time. And at his own expense. I was mets' assistant when he was our pastor. I had a front row seat and it was marvelous to behold. And as we began working together may -- asked. How early can I call you in the morning. I -- 6 AM. I regret. My answer. Mitt Romney became my alarm clock. A typical morning call. -- its next. I'm at the airport. Hazel young trip last night and -- here. Please visit -- this evening give her my love. All arranged for meals and I will visit her on my way home from the airport tomorrow. In our early morning calls Mitt didn't discuss questions of theology. He found the definition of religion given by chains in the new testament. To be a practical guide. -- or religion. Is to visit. The fatherless and the widows in their reflection. So. What specifically. Did Mitt Romney do as our pastor. For one or two evenings each week and several hours every weekend. Week after week and year after year. He met with those seeking help with the burdens of real life. Burdens we all face at one time or another. On employment. Second its. Financial distress. Loneliness. -- prayed and counseled with church members seeking spiritual direction. Single mothers raising children. Couples with -- problems. Use with addictions. Immigrants separated from their families. And individuals whose heat had been shot off. To uphold. The dignity. And respect the privacy of those who came. He met with them in private and in confidence. He has upheld that trust. -- response to those who came. Was kind of passion in all it's beautiful varieties. He had a listening here and a helping hand. Drying on the skills and resources of those and our congregation. Net provided food and housing. Rides to the doctor. And companions to sit with those who were ill. He shoveled snow and rake leaves for the elderly. He took down tables and swept floors at church dinners. He was often the last to leave. Years later I became the pastor. Only then did I understand that dedication. This calling requires. And the clarity. This service provides. Into the full range of our shared human experience. -- challenge to each of us to find our lives by losing it in service to others. He issued that challenge again and again. The church itself. It was a marvelous vehicle for extending that challenge. -- seldom delivered the sermon himself. He gave that opportunity to fellow church members. He sought to involve every one. So every one could grow. Mitt taught faith in god. Personal integrity. Self reliance and service to our fellow man. And man dead what. He challenged us to do. He led by. I treasure. Every minute we served together. I am grateful for my apprenticeship. In the things that matter -- Under the hands they deeply good man named Mitt Romney.
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