A letter from S&I Administrators Council to all All Personnel (US Only)* describes the statements as "distorted and inaccurate"; which, in my opinion, does not mean absolute fabrications and outright lies, that is, like the Apocrypha there is some truth to be found.
More googling, I did find that apparently Elder Bednar may have made statements at Dixie College:
8 ) He [Elder Bednar] prophesied that if Mitt Romney is elected the Presidential Candidate, the things of God will be made to look foolish in the media, specifically the temple He said, those that are not strong in the faith, may be shaken by the opposition that will arise in the near future. He said, the heat is being turned on and we need to be prepared.
and to Mission Presidents wife Sister Romney of the Mexico, Monterrey West Mission:
[Mission Presidents wife Sister Romney] expressed how when Elder Bednar came, they had a meeting with him afterwards. Elder Bednar expressed how the biggest concern of the Prophet and Quorum of the Twelve is that the members aren't converted. She mentioned a little about the political news with Mitt Romney, how Elder Bednar mentioned that in these future times, "All Hell is going to break loose". That Satan in these latter days is going to release "his wrath" and that if these members aren't converted, we will fall. It made me think of how many of us are REALLY converted into the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Two persons, with no apparent reason to fabricate allege that Elder Bednar expressed concerns for the Church Membership should Mitt Romney get the Republican nomination for POTUS candidate.
I agree with the message attributed Elder Bednar, as I see it, he is urging the members of the Church to attain strong testimonies. I have often felt that there will come a time when all we can have to confirm the correctness of our positions (regardless of the forum) is a testimony of Gospel.
On a different note, provided the statements from Elder Bednar to Sister Romney and at Dixie College are generally accurate, should Romney step down to spare the Church and those who cannot weather the storm?
*I view this email/letter with a grain of salt, first, it is not signed by anyone; second, if the letter is authentic it is addressed specifically and solely to the US personnel and not the general membership of the Church; third, the email/letter only refers to the statements as “distorted an inaccurate”.
Edited by treehugger, 24 May 2012 - 12:39 PM.