Admittedly, there are not a lot of worthy role models to be found among the heroes of Hollywood. The image promoted by the mass media is one of debauchery, gratification, and impulsive decisions. Despite this, the prophet Mormon taught that “The Spirit of Christ is given to every man”—which means that even in the darkest corners of the entertainment industry, the light of positive moral values can and does shine through. It’s easy to focus on the bad when discussing celebrities, but there is still good to be found in some statements from various household-known names, who have taken at least one stand for the right.
By sharing this article, we at LDS Living do not wish to either promote or shame any celebrity, regardless of the life decisions they have made. Our purpose is simply to illustrate the penetrating power of Christ’s light, which “inviteth [all men] to do good” and “giveth life to all things.”
“Just be strong. Don’t be a follower. Always do the right thing. If you have a choice between the right thing [and] the wrong thing, always do the right thing. It’s a lot less stressful that way.”
Since she captivated the hearts of Hunger Games fans around the world as bow-wielding heroine Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence has taken the acting world by storm. She has used her celebrity status to decry unfair body image standards and to provide generous charitable donations, and she delivered this advice to her young fans, which calls to mind Alma’s advice to his son Corianton (Alma 41:10):
“Wickedness never was happiness.”