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

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

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Cute Girl Hairstyles
"Utah mom inspires braid for Prim in 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' shares stories from being on set"

Mindy McKnight and her family have quickly built up their family business and their presence on YouTube.

While Cute Girls Hairstyles has been growing since McKnight simply started uploading videos for friends and family to see in 2008, this year the stylish family made headlines and garnered much recognition.

Most recently, the family YouTube channel announced that one of their hairstyles, the Bow Braid, was used in the blockbuster film, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

This year Cute Girls Hairstyles has also been featured in many Disney Style videos.

"I was a stay-at-home mom before I started this," McKnight told the Deseret News. "And initially it started out making a few extra bucks here and there, and then it became where it was a pretty good secondary income and now my husband has quit his career and he's working full-time with me to run our YouTube business."

  • Deseret News- "Utah mom inspires braid for Prim in 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' shares stories from being on set"

  • Today.com- "Cute hair styles for girls make mom a YouTube star"

  • Daily Mail UK- "From Minnie Mouse buns to Katniss braids: Mother's lessons in making unique hairstyles for her daughters goes viral"

  • New York Magazine- "Mother Fashions Kids’ Hair Into Preposterous Updos, Becomes YouTube Sensation"

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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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