Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, meets with entrepreneurs at Bizdom U, a business development center for entrepreneurs in Detroit, on June 9. Mr. Romney spent more than two years in France as a Mormon missionary in the late 1960s. Carlos Osorio/AP
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada meets with the media after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7. Mr. Reid was raised agnostic and converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was a college student. Alex Brandon/AP
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, uses a chart during a discussion of high gasoline prices on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 12. Mr. Hatch has served in various positions in the Mormon church, including as a bishop. Alex Brandon/AP
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (r.) and Mike Simpson (R) of Idaho tour the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, on April 28. Idaho has the most Mormons of any state except Utah. Mr. Simpson carries on the tradition of Mormon congressmen representing southeastern Idaho going back to 1951. Joe Jaszewski/The Idaho Statesman/AP
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert speaks during a roundtable discussion on immigration reform in Salt Lake City on July 20, 2010. Mr. Herbert served a two year mission for the LDS Church in the Eastern States Mission and later attended Brigham Young University, but did not graduate. Chris Detrick/The Salt Lake Tribune/File
Rep. Jeff Flake (R) of Arizona and his wife Cheryl greet supporters at an election night party in Phoenix on Nov. 2, 2010. Mr. Flake won re-election for his sixth term in office. He is descended from William J. Flake, a Mormon pioneer, and served as a missionary in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Matt York/AP/File
Members of the American Samoa Junior Statesman delegation meet with Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (D) of American Samoa in Washington on July 16, 2003. Mr. Faleomavaega attended Brigham Young University-Hawaii and transferred to BYU's main campus in Utah. He is an active member of the Mormon church. Andy Nelson/Staff/File
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) of Utah celebrates winning the primary race with a supporter in Springville, Utah, on June 24, 2008. Raised Jewish, Mr. Chaffetz converted to Mormonism while attending Brigham Young University on a football scholarship. Douglas C. Pizac/AP/File
Sen. Mike Crapo (R) of Idaho talks in an elevator following the weekly caucus luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 10. Mr. Crapo graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Harry Hamburg/AP
Sen. Dean Heller (R) of Nev. speaks to a reporter following the weekly caucus luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 10. A former congressman, Mr. Heller replaced Sen. John Ensign, who resigned May 3. Heller is the 20th LDS Church member to serve in the Senate and the fourth from Nevada. Harry Hamburg/AP
Islamic State extremists in Iraq have created a common enemy in the region. But Iran has to tackle deep distrust – and keep nuclear talks on track – to forge a new relationship with its Arab neighbors.
To clinch a nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has to reassure world powers. But to achieve long-term regional stability, he has to overcome deeply sown suspicions and rivalries with Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors at a time of tremendous sectarian tension.