As momentum builds toward an assumed Mitt Romney GOP presidential nomination, many Mormons see him as the fulfillment of a prophecy attributed to the faith’s founder, Joseph Smith. Just as Kevin “Red” Davis, the LDS protagonist of the political thriller “By A Thread” is persuaded to work undercover for the government by the prophecy, so too are real-life BYU students being drafted to serve.
According to this article on BuzzFeed, BYU students are being bussed across the country to provide cheers and supportive audiences for Mitt Romney, whom many of them, no doubt, believe “will save the Constitution [as] it hangs by a thread” in the last days.
Truth and fiction coincide in this aspect of the storyline of “By A Thread,” itself named for this very prophecy. For Mormons, Romney’s election would be both a vindication of their founding prophet, and a sign that the end is indeed near. They are, after all, the Saints of the Latter Days.