Romney to grads: 'Have a quiver full of kids'

Posted By Kristen Butler,  |  May 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivered a commencement speech at Southern Virginia University this week, and talked to the new grads about "abundant living."

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and successful CEO is an active Mormon, and told the crowd that not everyone would be successful businessmen like him.

"I know a lot of religious people who think God will intervene to make their investments grow. Or he’ll get them a promotion. To make their business a success. But life on this earth is about learning to live in a place where God does not make everything work out for good people."

“I don’t think God cares whether you get rich,” he said. "Get married," he said, and “Have a quiver full of kids if you can.”

The largely decentralized Quiverfull movement, made up mostly of Evangelical Protestant couples, eschews all forms of birth control, including natural family planning, in order to "be fruitful and multiply" as the Bible commands.

The name of the movement comes from a biblical verse that says children are "as arrows are in the hands of mighty men" in an army of the Lord. Notable adherent and constitutional lawyer Michael Farris founded the Home School Legal Defense Fund. He has ten children and six grandchildren.

"You will not all be rich and famous and powerful, but each of you can live an eminently successful, rewarding, abundant life," Romney told the former students.

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