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
At least 36 people reportedly have been killed by Saturday's surprise eruption of Mt. Ontake. Current conditions on the mountain are too dangerous for recovery of two dozen victims.
ByEmily Wang, Associated Press
Increased seismic activity raised concern Tuesday about the possibility of another eruption at a Japanese volcano where 36 people were killed, forcing rescuers to suspend plans to try to recover at least two dozen bodies still near the summit.