Latter-day Saint Life

How a BYU defensive lineman became Captain Moroni

Actor Langi Tuifua, a former BYU football player, plays war hero Captain Moroni in the Church’s Book of Mormon Videos series.
Jaren Wilkey, BYU & Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Langi Tuifua had NFL aspirations.

After helping Bingham High School to win a trio of state titles, the highly-recruited defensive lineman was eager to excel in college football at Brigham Young University.

“Football was my entire life,” Tuifua said.

The dream came crashing down when the chiseled, 6-foot-3 Polynesian athlete suffered a career-ending neck injury. It was one of the worst moments of his life.

Five years later, Tuifua has a new passion and career path in acting, and he just played one of the most iconic figures in the Book of Mormon Videos series of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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“God has a plan for you,” Tuifua said. “If you have faith in that plan and roll with the punches, you will be successful in what He has for you.”

Read the full story of Tuifua’s acting talent and Book of Mormon Video casting experience on Church News.

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