In an interview with Time magazine Jon Hunstman Jr, former ambassador to China and governor of Utah dances around the question of his religion:

And as for whether or not Huntsman still belongs to the Church of Latter-day Saints, I know less than I did before I asked him. (“I’m a very spiritual person,” as opposed to a religious one, he says, “and proud of my Mormon roots.” Roots? That makes it sound as if you’re not a member anymore. Are you? “That’s tough to define,” he says. “There are varying degrees. I come from a long line of saloon keepers and proselytizers, and I draw from both sides.”)

This is sure to cause discussion both in and out of the bloggernacle, but this really isn’t news. It has been known for a long time in Utah that Huntsman wasn’t especially active, and there’s no point in pretending to be devout when you’re not, especially after how the GOP treated Mitt Romney last time around. Huntsman makes it clear that he’s interested in running for President so he needs to address the Mormon Question.

He isn’t announcing that he’s resigned his membership, but he’s not in the pews (or even the folding chairs in the gym) every Sunday.

Huntsman is simply trying to come up with a way of expressing to the wider public a concept that we already have a shorthand for: inactive.