Two LDS contenders on 'Survivor: South Pacific'

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  • Bethanymom Murray, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    This article does what any news paper article strives to do. Imparts info (yes with specific religios slant) is such a way as to make readers think about it, and if deemed appropriate by the reader take action.

    I personally am now switching my cheering/support to Rick. Why??
    #1 He is from Utah (So am I)
    #2 He is LDS (So am I)
    #3 He is from Aurora (I am from somewhere pretty darn near there)
    #4 Have you seen the mustache?? Come on it take some serious awesomeness to pull that off!!

    I would cheer for Dawn, but it was the #3 that sold me. So she is my 2nd favorite now.

    Pointing out the fact/item/info that is most likely to grab the attention of the widest demographic among the papers readership seems to me to be a good idea is journalism (I am not a journalist, so I could be very wrong about this idea). Here in Utah, especially among thsoe reading the Mormon Times section highlighting these two contestants is a sure fire way to get people to read the article.

  • CanuckFan Vancouver, BC
    Sept. 19, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    Wow. A lot of you folks need to lighten up! The story was in MORMON Times! They profile Mormons all the time doing anything that "stands out". I'd love to be on this show....

  • Bowler17 RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 19, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Perhaps it should be noted that this feature was written for Mormon Times, which section highlights Mormon people--famous, semi-famous or not famous at all. The fact that they are LDS merely made it appropriate for the specialized section. The faith section is a good place to look for stories about the variety of religions in Utah.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    What religions are the others or those that have no religion at all? If your going to report please do a complete job and stop being so biased.

  • Mulder21 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2011 2:35 p.m.


    "I just wish that some people here would find a new hobby besides making snide and rude comments to Mormons or about Mormons. I don't agree with other religions, but I have the decency to respect them and treat them kindly."

    The fact of the matter is, the grand majority of Mormons treat non-mormons badly. My experience has been that when Mormons find out that you are a non-mormon their attitude toward you changes instantly. They usually stop talking to you and if they don't, they only try to convert you. Then when you decline their invitation to convert, they stop talking to you. They also look down on you for not believing the same thing--they are smug and arrogant towards non-mormons and are not tolerant of any other beliefs. Maybe Mormons need to get back to reality and understand that the world doesn't revolve around them. Lots of people tolerate Mormons, maybe you should be more tolerant of other people and their ideas and beliefs. Stop meddling in other peoples lives, and worry about your own! We are all happy and doing just fine without the Mormon religion in our lives.

  • L Kaiser REDMOND, WA
    Sept. 18, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    I believe one can be a good standing LDS person and still take a few months off of physically attending church/temple to do something like this that would seem like a once in a lifetime chance. I would also imagine a good standing LDS who did win would wholeheartedly tithe a minimum 10% of those winnings, I would. That would help in many ways. Heavenly father is always with you, not just at temple. I imagine they both prayed extensively, consulted with their bishop and were given answers that lead them to join the show. I wish them the best.

  • scoley82 BROWNSBURG, IN
    Sept. 17, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    As a fan of survivor and being LDS, it becomes more intriguing, because as a fan you can identify yourself to the LDS contestants and what you would do as a representative of the church in a tough game.

  • DD JayMario American Fork, UT
    Sept. 17, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    Or maybe they should have a Survivor: Endure to the End edition made up of only Mormons.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 16, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    Boy the haters are out in full force. So my question to those who don't understand why the DN prints stories about Mormons, why do non-Mormons and less active Mormons read an LDS owned newspaper? I actually enjoyed the show and the people, I felt bad for Dawn's melt down but can relate to that, I moved out of Utah and was shopping one day at a store that was not white people, I had left the van door open and someone had tried to tell me, I had not heard him, another person asked if he was talking to them and he said, no, I'm talking to the white lady. I just wish that some people here would find a new hobby besides making snide and rude comments to Mormons or about Mormons. I don't agree with other religions, but I have the decency to respect them and treat them kindly. Oh, and I never hear stories on the news in Missouri about Mormons, lots about Catholics, and that is what happens when you live in states with a predominate religion. No brainer that Utah would talk about Mormons more.

  • OregonCougarFan Keizer, OR
    Sept. 16, 2011 6:50 p.m.


    Why do you care what they wear, and why do you spend so much time trolling the DN website anyway?

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Sept. 16, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    @Mom of Ten,

    Are you sure Jenna isn't an ex Mormon? Sure doesn't seem like a Mormon to me. Also, for the current ones on the show, are they doing to wear one piece bathing suits and stay modest?

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Sept. 16, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    Oh my heck;), so much whining by the non's and anti's over a fun article about LDS people.
    Hard to understand why people who have such rich and fulfulling lives take time
    out of their happy existence to criticize others. (sarcasm off)

    Lighten up and enjoy life and stop reading these dang LDS articles.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Sept. 16, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    Just remember EVERYTHING written on this newspaper has an LDS bias. Everything.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    Sir Robin...nicely put. Oh, and what do they do on sunday? Not survive?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 15, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    There are two Mormons on Survivor? Well the church must be true then!

    Seriously, what is the point of this article? Simply to help other LDS folks feel validated about their faith?

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    Just have to ask- how does a "good mormon" justify skipping church for a month or more while on the show if they last? Money?

  • cymrul West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    So.... what are the religions of the other people??

  • Linda,Charlotte NC CHARLOTTE, NC
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    I watched the first show last night and I'm thinking if Sister Meehan makes it to the middle of the season she will be very lucky . I'm wondering if she took her meds with her? Sorry, but crying like that on the first show, really? I do hope she pulls herself together though. I am pulling for brother rancher dude. I think he has the best shot of the two. Just saying.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Great- now I have to watch again--just when I think I'm out they pull me back again

  • Justmythoughts Richfield, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Hey good luck Rick....we are pulling for you here and hope you win the million dollars.

  • Mom of ten SANBORNTON, NH
    Sept. 15, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    There was also Jenna Lewis of the original Survivor and contender of the one that brought back former players. She was one of my young women fron the Laconia, NH ward. She was from Franklin, NH where her dad was mayor of the town. She went by Jennifer Lewis back then. She was the one pictured in her hot pink bathing suit on the front of the Time magazine way back when.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    Watched the show last night. Seems like both of them got some air time but the Prof got the most. She seems likeable, so does rancher dude.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Sept. 14, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    Sounds like two really good people, and both very diversified. I will enjoy watching this season and do hope that both of them did well in the game. It was interesting to hear of their approach as members of the LDS church. I do know that there have been some very good people who are very honest and true to their religious values, sometimes they don't go far in the game, cause they believe that everyone else has their same values and would not lie to them. A person doesn't have to lie to win, but you have to be aware that others are lying. Kind of sad, but like Dawn said, it is part of the game strategy, I use to enjoy watching "What's my Line" and part of that was two people being deceptive. We do have to separate real life from the game and not put the game into real life.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Sept. 14, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Tyson isn't a very good representative of what Mormons are like.

    You also failed to mention the Gay ex-Mormon who actually won the Million dollar prize.

    Can't have people thinking that Mormons could actually be gay! lol.