23 interesting Latter-day Saints who have profiles on Mormon.org

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 7:01 a.m. MDT

Mormon.org

In recent years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has kicked off and maintained its "I'm a Mormon" advertising and public relations campaign around the country. Launched in 2010, the vast campaign has been an effort to introduce Latter-day Saints to the world. While their backgrounds and experiences are diverse, the profile subjects share a deep commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are approximately 130,000 live profiles, according to LDS Church Public Affairs.

Any member of the church can to go to Mormon.org to create a profile and share their feelings and faith. This is a list of prominent Latter-day Saints with profiles on Mormon.org.

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mightymite
DRAPER, UT

Hmm, can we see a survey on the 23 most normal mormons? This mormon celeb thing is outta control.

Reader
Sandy, UT

It is a bit of a stretch to call most of these prominent.

bellsandbells
FULTON, MO

LOL...when they say 'prominent' they are talking about people who have successful careers in their chosen field. They are recognized in their field. Too many people today think Mormons wear big black hats and beards. I was asked recently if the Mormon church was similar to the Amish. Someone else thought Mormons rode west in covered wagons in the 1800's and faded away into history. Mightymite, I guess I am one of those 'normal Mormons' you mentioned. I am a retired teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother....and yes, I am a Mormon.

Wildcat
O-town, UT

@mightymite

Amen buddy! When did the LDS church try to become Access Hollywood? I guess I will be seeing a program called Access Zion on BYUtv soon.

@bellsandbells
I would rather read a story about everyday Mormons like you then celebrity Mormons. I think the publicity push was to combat false images the national/world public has of the LDS Faith, but it's starting to get a little strange and away from the original purpose. Have a nice day.

slpa1
West Jordan, UT

Gary Toyn must be a *lot* older than he looks, or that is a mighty old picture. He mowed the lawn for David O. McKay? McKay died 42 years ago...and was not living in his Huntsville home for several years before that.

wini4truth
Provo, UT

I have noticed a trend in the church to focus their PR on celebrities. I guess if you're trying to attract people to the church who are of the celebrity mindset, this will work. Historically, Jesus Christ himself sought out the humble, poor and truth-seeking class of people of the world. Subscribing to the notion that celebrities will attract the kinds of members whose faith will be rooted firmly in the gospel is misguided, to say the least.

DonO
Draper, UT

Have to say that I really dislike this kind of self-promotion, especially when you have to stretch to find it. IMHO it isn't Christlike...and it isn't necessary. Mightymite has it right: Tell the stories of normal, hardworking folks who make a difference in this world.

bellsandbells
FULTON, MO

I do agree with the above comments but let me share with you a possible mindset that leads to this promotion. For example, I heard one of the major news people state that Mormons only get their members from the uneducated and unsuccessful people. I sat in church and looked around my small town congregation looking for those the man was talking about. I saw a retired doctor, RNs, teachers, business owners, other medical personnel, a visiting lawyer from a neighboring congregation, military, college students, computer programmer, retired therapist, etc. I could not find the uneducated, unsuccessful people he was talking about. Those with less education than others have used the encouragement and help of the church to better themselves with additional education and church employment services. I am not personally interested in "prominent" people but I do want others to get rid of the MYTHS about the LDS people. If it takes this promotion to help do that, then it is ok with me.

Sandee Spencer
Longwood, FL

I totally agree with BellsandBells that we want to show the world there are people in the LDS faith from all walks of life. A few minutes exploring Mormon.org will show they have also profiled "regular" people... skateboarders, artists, motorcycle repairmen etc. etc. Yes there are many that excel in their chosen field and there are also many that are just regular good citizens and kind people. Take some time to check it out.

Like unto Job
Ogden, UT

I've been a newscaster on biochemist I'm an EMT I identify with my education. I came from a very poor background welfare food stamps from New York. My mother was awesome! Raising seven children on her own. Those precious dear Mormon Missionaries knocked on our door and changed our lives forever! II and my brother are the first two to graduate high school continue on to college. And my sister joined the church she went back to school in her 20s and went to Columbia

Like unto Job
Ogden, UT

I am a retired CNN headline newscaster. I am a nationally certified EMT. Currently in the medical reserve Corps and actually I'm on a full-time proselyting mission Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with my husband. Is nothing wrong with being proud of who I am and where I've come from. and there's nothing wrong with being proud of you you are! That's what I love about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It teaches self-esteem self-love serving others. There's nothing wrong with having good self-esteem! Just look around you and look at the people with poor self-esteem is there addicted to alcohol drugs pornography etc. The gospel is true because it is the gospel of Jesus Christ I believe this Gospel changes lives! It has the power because it comes from Jesus Christ himself! I made a comment earlier I'm not sure if it posted so I'm sorry if this is a repeat :-). As a missionary I see how the Gospel changes people that have been in prison, on methamphetamine, all kinds of walks of life and it's like a light that turns on and increases and fills their soul. iand changes them dramatically! I think it's wonderful to see the variety of Latter Day Saints around the world because this Gospel really does include all . I am very grateful for the young missionaries who knocked on my door when I was 12 years old. We were so poor, our lives changed forever in terms of education, financial, spiritually, and every way!

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