Adorable historian grandmother Dr. Jan Shipps is the first non-Mormon to ever be President of the Mormon History Association. She also thinks that the Mormon Church has set itself back decades through a “perfect storm” of Mitt Romney antics, polygamist busts in Texas and the backlash from church involvement in Prop. 8.
“By talking to the Latter Day Saints outside of California [and encouraging them to work and donate to the campaign], that could come back to haunt them”, says Shipps, who like all sweet old ladies, hangs out on park benches all day, dispensing wisdom to whatever television reporter happens to wander along. She adds, “It will take many many many months, maybe years to get this division healed.” She then offered the reporter some freshly made oatmeal cookies.