Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes nicknamed Mormons, are well-known for their clean cut, family centered image. It is less well-known that there are many members of the church making a name for themselves in the world. There are famous Mormons in many fields, including publishing, music, politics, and music. This website showcases just a few of those people, all active in the church and proud of their church membership.
As you explore this website, you’ll find names you’re likely to recognize as being LDS, such as Osmonds or Mitt Romney. There may be names that surprise you as well, such as Shannon Hale and Gladys Knight. Some have been members of the church all their lives, and others joined in recent years. You’ll be able to learn about their personal and professional lives, but also be able to explore how being a member of a church that remains a mystery to many has affected their lives and their careers. Learn how it’s possible to be the squeaky clean Mormon we’re most often seen as and still succeed in the world.
|The Famous Mormons website www.famousmormons.net began in 1995, soon after the Internet began spreading across the world.
My interest in Famous Mormons began while I was serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California beginning in 1978. I had many conversations with people about a television show that had some of the LDS Church teachings subtly mixed into the program. The show was a science fiction drama called Battlestar Galactica. The executive producer was Famous Mormon Glen A. Larson.
For someone to be added to the site, I may come across a press item that mentions the person is a member of the Church. However, most of the additions come through e-mails. After I receive an e-mail, I check the Internet to see if there is anything mentioning the LDS membership of that famous person.
The Famous Mormons webpage pages gives a few lines or a small paragraph about each person, but I have expanded to creating a collection of short biographies of some of those on the site.
My sources in finding this information have been the Internet, books, information from the family and friends of the people, and often from the Famous Mormons themselves.
What makes someone a Famous Mormon? Well, if I have heard of them and they are popular outside of the Church, that’s a good start. Also, if enough people e-mail me to tell me to add the person to the page, then he or she is famous. In other words, there really aren’t strict rules to determine which people are added to the website, other than they are Mormon, are interesting, and recognized in a public way.
The LDS Church now has more than 15 million members, so naturally I have only included a small number of those people who deserve to be called famous. Keep those ideas coming about who should be included on the website.
You will also see I am not attempting to judge activity in the Church or political preference. I once received a lengthy e-mail about one of the U.S. senators who was included on the website. The person felt I should remove the senator from the website because he didn’t have the same political values as the e-mail sender. Needless to say, I didn’t remove him.
You may see someone on the site I have included and say to yourself, I have never heard of that person. That is because I have included someone who I think is worth learning about. Either that person has a great story to tell or is very talented and will likely be famous soon! Check out the many pages on www.famousmormons.net and keep checking back.
Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t practice Mormonism at all anymore, but I grew up in a Mormon family. . . . [In the LDS culture they] do these faith-promoting films of stories from the Book of Mormon, testimony-building dramatizations. I’ve played prophets from the Book of Mormon, I’ve played Jesus. Matter of fact, if you go to Salt Lake to the big Mormon visitors’ center, they play a big movie and I’m the voice of Jesus in
that. Of course, they’ll probably shut it down knowing I’m doing Hair on Broadway.
Brendon Urie says he is no longer a Mormon and Music is his religion but he is kind towards the church.
Tyler Glenn April 2016: Tyler Glenn told Rolling Stone again, he was overtly parting ways with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints via the video for his debut solo single, “Trash.” The video begins with Glenn slumped on the ground drinking alcohol before he moves through a hallway lined with LDS imagery, performs what appear to be references to Mormon temple rites, and ultimately collapses to the floor of an elevator with a red “X” drawn across his face. From Salt Lake Tribune The video shows Glenn spitting on a well-known portrait of Joseph Smith, which was altered to make Smith’s face appear ghost-like. Later in the video, pages – perhaps representing pages of the Book of Mormon or LDS Church policies – swirl around Glenn. From Fox 13 Utah