Some of these have left the church.
With the "Biggest Loser" topping the list in numbers of participants,
this has to be anything but a “Mormon Media Blitz”. Why don’t
we recognize these people as individuals--some wanting self-improvement, others
wishing to express a talent or extend a career, still others showing an interest
in human nature. In most cases, I fail to see any reason to either praise them
or trash them because they are LDS--or even do the same for the LDS Church in
general. This story is merely a human interest story for a Deseret News
readership that is largely LDS. That being said, many of the shows by
their nature display attributes that are not up to LDS Standards. No individual
judgment here—but we’ve seen specific incidents where LDS and
general Christian values have been maintained in spite of the shows’
formats. I extend my compliments to participants when they’ve been able
to do that.
It's all about popularity. "Look at us, we're Mormon"!Once upon a time, it was good to be "in the world but not of the
world". These days Mormons want to be "just like everyone else".
We have a good list of Bachelors and Bachelorettes but maybe that show is too
racy for this list.
Don't forget Jenna Lewis, on the first Survivor and on the first All Stars.
She was pictured on the front cover of Time Magazine during the show. She was
one of my Young Women in the Laconia, NH Ward.
Where is the Amazing Race? There have been several LDS teams, including Dave and
Connor in the current season.
Lena & Kristy were truly an amazing team! They would have gone far in The
Amazing Race were it not for that ill-timed luck task.
How hott is Angie Layton!!!!
Lindsey Stirling is awesome. I enjoyed her YouTube videos.
I thought the list was interesting, especially for shows I never heard knew
You go Girls/Guys! There is nothing wrong with wanting to stand out if your
purpose is to stand out for God. Set a great example, and do us proud!
@Esquire. No, not really. A better analogy would be the fascinitation of when
someone who went to the same school as you makes it big. Like my kids for
example, they get excited because Noelle Pikus Pace went to their junior high -
albeit years before. I don't know the proper name for the phenomena, but
either way, it's kind of fun and cool for them to have that connection.
Same with the Mormon thing. Even though Utah doesn't experience a shortage
of believers, you step over to Russia, it must be nice for them to know that
they aren't as isolated as they may feel sometimes in following the faith.
I'm pretty certain Mormons have no issue with
"acceptance" as you claim. Recognition and awareness maybe, but
I competed, toured, and performed with Ryan Di Lello when we were on the BYU
Ballroom Dance Company 10 years ago! He's a fantastic dancer! Good to see
a familiar face. :)
@ Bdamajd, it's more a promotional, we want attention, thing. A quest for
It's a fixation like a celebrity gossip magazine. "Mormons,
they're just like us..."
I don't think they are trying to say whether it is a good thing or not.
Just an interesting fact. You can make up your own mind. :)
Really now, is this a good thing?