Top stories of the year: Mormons who made headlines in 2013

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12 2013 9:14 p.m. MST


From short-shorts to trick-shots to viral videos and blog posts, 2013 proved to be a year many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made headlines.

Although they often were not expecting the overnight attention and their faith didn’t always play a central role in their rise to fame, their works made national news thanks to easy access to technology and social media.

As Today.com explained, “The prevalence of cameras on our phones and computers has allowed us to capture memorable moments from our everyday lives and share them with others.”

The following 20 list items highlight the most-viewed, features-based Deseret News stories of the year in which Mormons made headlines, along with links to some of the other websites they appeared on.

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Draper, UT

I really wish you wouldn't run items like this in the "news" section of your e-paper. If you must do it, save it for your Mormon Times. I realize you have changed your focus to be more Mormon oriented but IMO this doesn't even come close to journalism. Otherwise you would have John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff and others on your list.

common twit
Salt Lake City, UT

I have to agree with DonO. It is a fun read but it should be in the mormon times section I believe. I do think the AG's office should have been included. Let's not run away from the negative news makers.

Florissant, MO

I found this in the Faith section, didn't see anything like this on the main page.

Kaysville, UT

Where it is at is just fine. Keep this sort of stuff coming.

Salt Lake City, UT

This wasn't in the News section. It was on the front page, which includes headlines for everything from popular news items to popular blog posts. I find nothing wrong with an LDS-owned newspaper with a majority LDS readership putting something like that in the "Faith" section of the newspaper. Those who have a problem with it are just looking for excuses to either be offended or criticize the Deseret News.

Kent Larsen
New York, New York


Times and Seasons has been doing this for 5 years now!! Be original for a change!!!

Denver to Portland
Portland, OR

Jabari Parker should've been #1.

Nobody has even heard of half of these people. I think if you were to step out of the Mormon bubble and Utah bubble you would find that Jabari is the most known and most popular Mormon in the world. Period.

Glendora, CA

Lighten up everyone, Al Fox was, is and I'm sure will be big news, You just can't handle the truth!

Hillsboro, OR

Loved it! My favorite was the little boy Titus who makes all the crazy trick shots.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

its nice to see mormon news, but i would like to see other religions be mentioned as well.

Orem, UT

Loved it. In a world filled with so much chaos, it's nice to get a little bit of news that is all about good things.

Mapleton, UT

Thanks for doing this story - there were some good ones that I missed! It's always appropriate to highlight good people doing good things, keep it coming!

Denver, CO

Stories like this are interesting. But too many stories like this positioned as a 'news story' sends the wrong message. The Deseret News has turned into a 'Mormon Brag Sheet'. It sometimes comes across as being a bit 'self-righteous'. Stories like this should be positioned in 'Mormon Times'. Otherwise, placing too many stories like this in The Deseret News only creates contention between active church members and those who are non-members.

medford, MA

To all the "nay sayers" You're looking beyond the mark. I live in Boston and we have little or no Mormon news. Lighten up! In this mean spirited world, I enjoy a piece of fluff no matter where it's positioned.

Park City, UT

Did you forget Jodi Arias? By far the most covered Mormom in the news for 2013

Herriman, UT

For all of you who are complaining about the positioning of this on the main page- it's partially your fault. I'm sure DesNews, like any other business takes measurements including click count, share count, comment count, etc., to determine what types of articles deserve to be promoted/are most popular. In other words: If you don't want to see it, don't encourage it by reading it and posting on it.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Wow, what is wrong having it front page? DN is about LDS which was nothing wrong with that and SL Trib wouldn't do that. So if you don't like it then don't read it.

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