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18 Moments from 2017 That Show Just How Rad Mormons Are

This past year was one for the books for Mormons. From volunteering and organizing relief efforts to sharing their talents on Dancing with the Stars and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mormons have rocked 2017.

And to celebrate, we decided to share some of our favorite moments from this past year that show just how rad Mormons really are. 

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen Defend Mormons + More Celebrity Interactions with Mormons

1. Tim Allen and Why He Almost Walked Out on The Book of Mormon musical

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Image from the Deseret News

After seeing The Book of Mormon musical, a parody of Mormon missionaries and doctrine, actor and comedian Tim Allen said he didn't think it was "funny at all" and even almost walked out of the theater. 

In an interview with the Deseret News, Allen said he found the play "mean-spirited" and "troubling," but also praised Mormons for their lack of retaliation, saying "it shows a level of class" among the LDS Church. 

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2. Tom Hanks Defends the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Dubbed "America's Choir" by a U.S. president, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is fairly well known throughout the world. 

And in an episode of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me, Tom Hanks defended the "celebrity choir" when Paula Poundstone doubted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's notability. 

"I don't think the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is exactly a celebrity. When was the last time you bumped into the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the CVS and said, 'My friends aren't going to believe this!'" Poundstone said on the show. 

That's when Tom Hanks followed up with, "I'm just going through all the famous choirs in my head, and out of them all I think that if any choir is, in fact, the celebrity of choirs, I'd have to give it to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir."

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3. Kourtney Kardashian Snapchats a Photo of the Los Angeles Temple

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Mormons on Twitter went berserk when they saw model, socialite, and reality star Kourtney Kardashian posted a picture of the Los Angeles temple on Snapchat earlier this year. 

Kardashian did not post any description of the picture or context for taking it, but a screenshot of the image made its way around Twitter with some pretty hilarious responses.

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4. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) Meets Sister Missionaries

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Image from Business Insider and Instagram

When actor Rainn Wilson, known for his role as Dwight Schrute from The Office, shared a picture on Instagram of two sister missionaries with the caption "I was visited by some very nice Mormon missionary Sisters this morning," the Mormon world went crazy. 

But how did two sister missionaries meet with Wilson in the first place?

Sister McGuire and Sister Riggs were walking down the street near Wilson's house when he started talking to them while in his yard. 

"It was a huge surprise," Sister McGuire says, with Sister Riggs adding, "He talked to us right away and told us about how much respect he has for missionaries and everything we do! We did not think we would meet him so it was an incredible surprise and made us so happy!"

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I was visited by some very nice Mormon missionary Sisters this morning.

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5. Conan O'Brien Posts Hilarious Missionary Tweet

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When Conan O'Brien sent out the tweet, "A Mormon came to my door, and after a long, emotional, and persuasive pitch, I got him to start wearing longer sleeves," he might not have expected the response from former missionaries around the world. 

Here are just a few of our favorite responses, including one from LDS pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

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