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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 19 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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San Diego, CA

Ryan Gosling is not a Mormon. His parents were but he denies his affiliation.

Salt Lake, UT

It seems to me that Brandon Flowers accepts Mormonism more as a lifestyle than a religion. I don't get any sense that he holds a calling, attends regularly, pays tithing or engages in frequent prayer/scripture study. I guess it's fine to consider Mormonism a lifestyle-that as long as you aren't promiscuous, smoking, drinking, etc and that you want a loving family that you are a Mormon. But I think it's unfortunate that his video is being used to promote something which entails a much greater committment than that and do encourage people to believe things which are much more than simply believing in the love of families.

Kaysville, UT


Just curious-- Where did you get your information? What's your source on that?

If you have a web address to confirm your statements, please post it here (but you'll have to spell it out, since the moderator won't allow URLs thru).


VocalLocal - that was an ignorant assumption to make. My cousin was in his ward until recently and she had a lot of great things to say about him and his wife and kids. I prefer the look into his heart, than any rambling of all his works. That was an excellent video.

Kaysville, UT


Unbelievable! Your post seems VERY condescending and judgmental! You're making assumptions on things you have NO CLUE about.

If you link to the SPIN Magazine interview that he did (in '04) he proudly claims right in there that he *IS* Mormon, although he's "human" and doesn't (or, at least didn't back in '04) exactly live the religion 100%.

But as active LDS myself, I was VERY impressed that he would witness for his religion AND at the same time honestly admit that he's not perfect yet. After all... the church IS for all of us sinners.

I think the "I'm Mormon" campaign did an excellent job putting Flowers on their website!


Maybe the most powerful message of his video is what it can do for other members. His, like many other profiles, illustrate that there are actually a variety of Mormons out there, as opposed to the ones we project for everyone on Sunday. Non-Mormons aren't the only ones that are sometimes ignorant regarding the versatility among us.

It will truly be a better day when in the pews of our chapels we can still smell the cigarette smoke on people who have not yet overcome that issue, and have them still find acceptance and love in a place where they can come and worship in hopes of progressing in their individual journeys.

Salt Lake City, UT

Did you even read the statement? Here it is again for ya.

"current or former tie to the Mormon faith like Gladys Knight, Katherine Heigl and Ryan Gosling ......"

FORMER tie.....being raised by an LDS parent/former LDS parent sure fits that bill.

Cedar City, Ut

Vocal local, I don't think you have watched any other I'm a Mormon spots. You comment was a bit condescending. The church is a hospital to help us improve, not a country club for those who have already made it. I respect Flowers and his music even more for him openly declaring he is a Mormon.

Ted's of Beverly Hills
Las Vegas, Nevada

Mormons come in all shapes and sizes, commitment levels and gospel understanding.
I think it's unfortunate VocalLocal wrongfully uses their ability to speak in an effort to foolishly "judge" someone they likely don't even know, personally.

Provo, UT

What is the point of making ANY connection of Mormonism with Ryan Gosling?

Just because a poor kid was raised by Mormon parents should not be any reason to associate him with the Church. Even if a person is baptized at age 8, how many 8 year olds have any clue what they are really doing? They just do what Mommy and Daddy and all the people at Church are telling them to do. That is no reason to be stuck with an affiliation with a religion the rest of your life.

Ryan Gosling said this about his "spirituality":

"I grew up Mormon. I wasn't really Mormon, my parents were. My mom was really cool. She said, 'This is an option, but this isn't the only option. This is an idea, but this isnt the only idea. You have to find your own truth.' I never really could identify with it. There's good things about going to church. [Being Mormon] socialized me at a young age. You have to pray in public, shake a lot of hands, talk in public, sing in church, stuff like that. It has definitely stayed with me."

A Church desperate for attention...

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

To those critical of Vocal Local's post...

While an assumption was made, the comment was clearly not intended to portray anyone in a negative light. They were not attacking this individual, but merely stating things regarding HOW this video is portraying things relating to a committed religion.

A statement Brandon made in the video regarding how he was raised is very typical of the 'type' of person that Vocal Local described. While that doesn't justify such an assumption... it doesn't make their concern outrageous or harsh. One can make an assumption that is illogical, but intend no harm.

In all honesty, your comments probably do more harm for the 'LDS image' by being so fast to judge Vocal Local.

I personally believe that a many church publications such as videos on family, etc. Show too perfect of people. My life was full of problems growing up and I often felt that there was not enough help that in ANY way related to me. Most help from individuals or media seemed ignorant that anyone in my situation ever existed.

Showing people from all walks of life is important, but hopefully not just with Mormon.org videos, but other media too.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Ryan Gosling was raised in the Church. Unless he has been excommunicated, he is still a member. He describes himself as "nondenominational" currently. He also states that his mother and sister receive great happiness from the Church. There's every possibility that he will come back into activity again.

sandy, UT

diagnosis--- it sounds like you are an individual starved for attention. Find me a child who is 8 and doesn't do what "mommy and daddy" do. Childhood is when you do what your parents do without questioning why. This being said, it also doesn't erase the fact that you were once a child and that you did these things.

Castle Rock, CO

Vocal Local:

I wish you were less vocal. Do you really construe when he says "I still have that fire burning in me" that he likes it just for the culture? Or do you think that his past life experiences where he lived a life very different from the mormon culture made him want to be a part of it?

Read the article from Spin a few years back, he makes it very clear in there he believes the the faith but simply has a hard time living it (like we all do). I read an article that came out recently where he said he really had a desire to change his life recently and found himself back in church. You projected your own assumption that he could only come back because of the "love of families" even though it was never even referred to.

Brandon Flowers is a great example. He never decided to turn against his faith simply because he was having a hard time living it. Katherine Heigl was quoted in an article as saying that she doesn't think she has been or is mature enough at this point to live the mormon life. She never said she didn't believe in it, she simply said she wasn't at a point where she could live it. I'm grateful Brandon gave us another try even though we don't make those not falling into the prototypical Mormon stereotype feel very comfortable.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Katherin Heigl has made public statements that she wants to get back in the Church. She has done this a number of times. Unfortunately, it seems that being in the entertainment industry makes it very difficult to stay in the Church. It's really sad. It is my prayer that all these individuals will make the decision to NOT sell their birthright for a mess of pottage and instead come back to full activity. Brandon Flowers obviously came to the realization that the things of the world did NOT fulfill him. Fame and fortune are only fleeting. They have no power to bring true happiness or eternal joy.

Sandy, UT

I would rather be a rockstar, actor, or a truck driver than a mormon, but everybody has different views of life.

Erda, UTah

@ Vocal Local
I would recommend you don't make assumptions on someones status in the church unless you know all the information you are claiming. Be glad that someone like him is proud to say "I'm A Mormon!" Especially someone in the entertainment industry!

Beverly Hills, CA

"VocalLocal | 2:24 p.m. Oct. 19, 2011
Salt Lake, UT
It seems to me that Brandon Flowers accepts Mormonism more as a lifestyle than a religion."

Nephi 9:28 ...and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there....

The above scripture is one you might want to read and ponder Vocal Local because your comments are very damaging. Get off your high horse.

What his business is with his church involvement is between HIM and the LORD, not you.

Last I checked, no one needs church callings to get a Temple recommend. His attendance is his business and his recommend is between him and his Bishop. So unless you are his bishop then it is NO BUSINESS OF YOURS. If you are his Bishop then you shouldn't be posting about his attendance.

I am LDS and I am proud of it, my personal details of my attendance and calling are none of your business Vocal Local, it is for the Lord to decide my fate.

Sandy, UT

@vocallocal. How stupid do you think Brandon Flowers would have to be to announce to the world in a church sponsored video that he is Mormon if he only casually associates with it and sees it just as a "lifestyle". Either you've never left Utah or never associated with the rest of the world because being Mormon does nothing for one's success as the lead singer of a rock group. Let God be the judge of a person's beliefs while the rest of us just enjoy the good in the world.

Beverly Hills, CA

@vocal local, I would guess you would be the same person who celebrates former BYU Football players who are now in the NFL right? You are aware they play on Sunday Right?

If you took a moment to think about the entertainment industry norms which I deal with, it is not that common for someone with any level of fame to be in an ad like this.

Hold your judgement to yourself. You are not a better Mormon than anyone else and neither am I. We are all beggars in this lifetime.

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