6 Latter-day Saint Authors Whose Books Became Movies

Stephenie Meyer

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Many Latter-day Saints might not be aware, but Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series has Mormon written all over it. In fact, Twilight's Latter-day Saint themes have made headlines in TIME, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Huffington Post. Sexual abstinence before an eternal marriage in which a husband and wife are tremendously powerful? I mean, come on.

The love triangle between handsome vampire Edward, handsome werewolf Jacob, and regular ol' human Bella has become one of the most commercially successful stories of all time. Meyer's four books became five movies, all of which were tremendous moneymakers. 

A faithful Latter-day Saint, Meyer has been quite vocal about her faith in the midst of her newfound fame. She is a graduate of BYU and has publicly stated that she doesn't smoke, drink, or watch inappropriate movies. She also speaks regularly on the virtues of motherhood.

Orson Scott Card

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If both Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley are in a movie, it's a pretty safe bet that movie will be awesome. Such is the case with Ender's Game, a 2013 sci-fi epic based on Orson Scott Card's novel of the same name.

The story of a futuristic school in which gifted children receive military training under threat of alien invasions, Ender's Game has captivated readers since its publication in 1985. As an active member of the Church, Card has capitalized on the success of his tale, using his fame as a platform from which he often vocalizes his faith. He's even a regular columnist for the Deseret News.

Samuel W. Taylor

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Samuel W. Taylor's upbringing was unique to say the least. His grandfather was John Taylor, third President of the Church. His father was John W. Taylor, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles before being excommunicated in 1911 for refusing to give up the practice of polygamy. As for his mother? Well, there were six of them. Needless to say, Samuel's childhood was tumultuous.

But that didn't stop him from finding success later in life. After his studies at BYU, Samuel became a prolific writer, publishing fiction, non-fiction, novels, short stories, and biographies. His short story, "A Situation of Gravity," was the inspiration for the '90s classic film Flubber.

Flubber, a story of a science professor who accidentally creates a mysterious and mischievous green substance, stars the late, great Robin Williams and has become a classic that all '90s kids should remember.

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