Famous Latter-day Saints

September 16, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the September/October 2020 issue of LDS Living magazine.
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August 08, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
This article previously ran on LDS Living in June 2016.
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May 01, 2019 05:00 PM MDT
From the Osmond family's relationship with Elvis Presley to Justin Osmond's experience as a deaf person, father and son Merrill and Justin Osmond are sharing some of their greatest life lessons through their new video podcast, Sound Advice.
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April 27, 2019 01:26 PM MDT
While it is impossible to mention all the Latter-day Saint athletes making a difference in the world today, here are a few examples of those who have stood for their faith and the empowering messages they've shared about our Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel.
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October 22, 2018 09:05 AM MDT
A lengthy ESPN feature story published earlier this year posed the question this summer, “Where Have You Gone, Dale Murphy?”
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July 16, 2018 11:15 AM MDT
Mormondom can be pretty small, but just how small is it? How many degrees does it take to connect yourself with beloved LDS celebrity Donny Osmond?
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May 30, 2018 01:28 PM MDT
Authorsand Time Out for Women presenters Tamu Smith and Zandra Vranes have long been a voice for black members of the Church under the name "Sistas in Zion." Now they've brought their witty humor to LDS Living readers in this fun and insightful new video. Here is a taste of one of their tips:
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May 19, 2018 04:04 PM MDT
From the world’s fastest texter (Benjamin Cook, 2006) to the world’s fastest raw onion eater (Trevor Reilly, 2004); from the world’s strongest power-lifter (Lance Davis, 2004, 618.3 pounds) to the world’s fastest balloon animal inflator (KC Williams, 2003 & 2004), there is no doubt that the Church is full of impressive Mormons dedicated to developing the unique talents the Lord has given them. And the diversity of these talents has only added to the strength and notability of our Church and its members, proving that Mormons can be daring, whimsical, athletic, knowledgeable, and faithful.
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November 28, 2017 07:00 PM MST
Mormon celebrities and artists recently collaborated to create five fantastic videos for the 2017 Light the World campaign.
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June 20, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Frances Beverly Johnson Monson,in the words of her husband, Thomas S. Monson
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April 18, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Nashville is brimming with talented Mormons. In this country music metropolis, a former bishop has written hit songs for stars like George Strait and Reba McEntire, and a Young Women president once shared the stage with Dolly Parton. Here, the close-knit LDS community uniquely intersects with a network of exceptional LDS musicians, including veteran songwriters, up-and-coming producers, and some of the hottest acts around.
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February 18, 2017 09:00 AM MST
"People expect Latter-day Saints to be a lot of things: white, rich, serious. They picture who they’ve seen in the media like Mitt Romney,” says Zandra Vranes, although then she adds, “But I’m black, broke, and funny, and I’m a Latter-day Saint too.” She and her longtime friend Tamu Smith are known as the Sistas in Zion: two soul sisters whose faith and humor unites them. Their shared mission? To provide “a relief from sobriety where hilarity never faileth.”
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November 01, 2016 08:33 AM MDT
Donny Osmond has been making the rounds in Mormondom for years—and proving to the world that Mormons really do have more fun! From the Donny & Marie Show to the Hill Cumorah Pageant, Donny sure has showed that he’s up for anything. (And we all know that every Mormon can be traced to Donny Osmond in fewer than 3 degrees!) Now’s your chance to prove how well you know your Donny Osmond trivia!
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October 15, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Whether in times or war, peace, or political unrest, Mormons have been involved in a lot of world events. Check out a few of these courageous Latter-day Saints and their notable contributions to history. Who else did you want to see on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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September 24, 2016 03:19 PM MDT
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December 01, 2015 10:00 PM MST
Attention Utah readers! Visit John at the Fort Union Deseret Book store in Murray on Wednesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. for a special book signing and Facebook Live Q&A event!
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September 20, 2015 06:20 PM MDT
This weekend, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn shared his experience of being gay and a member of the Church at a popular Mormon LGBT conference in Provo, Utah, hosted by the group Affirmation. He also sang a few hymns, including "Where Can I Turn for Peace?" Watch below to hear his powerful rendition. And don't miss Neon Trees' Elaine Bradley on the new album Hold On: A Modern Tribute to the Music of Michael McLean.
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August 11, 2015 08:36 PM MDT
Donny Osmond underwent vocal chord surgery today to remove a hemorrhagic polyp (or a bleeding lesion) from his right vocal cord. Dr. Steven M. Zeitel, Director of Laryngeal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Professor, performed the surgery.
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July 14, 2015 08:57 AM MDT
Often standing out in areas such as modesty, chastity, and clean living habits, LDS celebrities are under a lot of pressure to represent the Savior and their faith well in an increasingly critical public eye. We’ve already talked about five famous returned missionaries who have successfully faced the pressure—here’s another list, compiled by YOU, of five more.
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July 11, 2015 10:24 PM MDT
Granary Art Center’s current exhibition “Rat Fink!” is a far cry from what one generally encounters in a traditional art museum. Curated by Laura Allred Hurtado, the exhibition showcases the life and art of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, a pioneer of California’s Custom Car movement of the 1960s, who later moved to Manti, Utah, after converting to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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July 11, 2015 10:04 PM MDT
From bizarrely dressed bloggers to Botoxed editors, there’s no place for people-watching quite like the entrance to a fashion show. But the models who walk in the shows are usually pretty anonymous: they slink from one job to the next with their backpacks on, unnoticed.
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July 08, 2015 06:58 PM MDT
Once upon a time, Josi Kilpack wrote novels with positively scrumptious titles like “Lemon Tart,” “Blackberry Crumble” and “Pumpkin Roll.”
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July 07, 2015 03:28 PM MDT
Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church is drawing criticism for inviting Mormon speaker and author Glenn Beck to speak during his Sunday service as part of Young's Freedom Experience event.
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July 07, 2015 03:08 PM MDT
Lindsey Stirling is a darling of the LDS and YouTube communities--and now the Buzzfeed community, too!
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July 07, 2015 01:40 PM MDT
Noelle Pikus-Pace packs up her silver medal and her family to slide from Eagle Mountain to Costa Rica. Next Olympic-sized event? Giving birth to twin boys in July.
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June 30, 2015 06:26 PM MDT
Over the past few days, a photograph of Glenn Beck and President Boyd K. Packer has been making the rounds on social media. Check out the photo, posted by Beck on Father's Day:
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June 30, 2015 08:19 AM MDT
How do you find the time to write songs?
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June 24, 2015 01:52 PM MDT
Last week, in a teaser for the latest episode of America's Got Talent, popular LDS Youtuber and singer Alex Boye noted, "[Our] performance was so hot, it actually sent me to the hospital."
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June 21, 2015 02:50 PM MDT
Jenny Oaks Baker’s list of lessons learned from her father is constantly growing: speak kindly of others, use time constructively, live and teach the gospel, act with integrity and cultivate a love of the arts — an admonition that was particularly life-changing for the Grammy-nominated Juilliard graduate and professional violinist. They are just a handful of the traits Baker has gleaned from her father.
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June 19, 2015 03:42 PM MDT
The tragic and sudden passing of an eight-year-old Latter-day Saint girl has resulted in countless acts of kindness being done all around the world.
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June 18, 2015 01:15 PM MDT
LDS fans of NBC's America's Got Talent have something fun to look forward to on next week's episode: LDS singer Alex Boye and his band Changing Lanes Experience will make an appearance!
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June 12, 2015 07:08 PM MDT
When Neon Trees takes the stage Saturday night at Utah Valley University, it will be a homecoming for bass guitarist Branden Campbell. Not only did the Las Vegas product attend UVU, but he lives in Provo with wife Emilie and children Katie and Connor.
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June 10, 2015 07:20 PM MDT
We know that Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper marches to the beat of his own drum. He doesn’t fit any “traditional” molds of Mormonism, but perhaps the issue is with everyone else if we have decided what is “normal” for Mormons.
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June 04, 2015 05:35 PM MDT
Many a new missionary, eager for a taste of home, looks forward to a care package from their grandmother. But one lucky sister in the Missionary Training Center has it even better—she gets to see her grandma every day.
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May 26, 2015 07:58 PM MDT
Image via Freedom magazine
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May 20, 2015 06:17 PM MDT
Photo from @lindseystirling. In response to a storm of criticism, Lindsey Stirling commented on Instagram concerning her choice of dress at the recent Billboard Music Awards (where she won for Top Dance/Electronic album):
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May 18, 2015 08:19 PM MDT
It’s not easy to maintain your integrity and stick to your beliefs, especially in the entertainment industry. Actress, host, and podcaster Jenna Kim Jones makes it look easy, but that’s not the only thing people like about her. Jenna is Mormon and she has made her tenets—no smoking, no drinking, no pre-marital sex, and no words that could be potentially beeped out on television—the foundation of her personal brand. It’s also hard not to envy her level of perkiness, but also wonder how she does it all without coffee.
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May 18, 2015 02:40 PM MDT
The Cordoba Argentina temple became the 145th operating temple this weekend after being dedicated in three sessions by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
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May 18, 2015 02:20 PM MDT
Photo from Lindsey Stirling on Facebook At yesterday's Billboard Music Awards, LDS musician and YouTube star Lindsey Stirling took home the award for Top Dance/Electronic Album (for her album Shatter Me). To win, she had to beat out artists Calvin Harris, Acicii, and Skrillex for the award.
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May 12, 2015 04:04 PM MDT
As you may have already heard, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to take on five-time heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield in the ring on May 15. As incredible as this sounds, it’s actually happening for a very good reason. Event proceeds will benefit Charity Vision, a non-profit with the goal of eliminating curable blindness by providing treatment to those who would otherwise be unable to access care.
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May 06, 2015 07:01 PM MDT
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May 01, 2015 08:41 AM MDT
What motivated you to start writing?
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April 28, 2015 01:53 PM MDT
Frank Anthony Phillips sits in his clean, organized office next to his wife, Marci. Midday rays pour through a window and bathe them both in flattering light. When Frank looks at his best friend, which he does often during our two-hour interview, his features soften and the Spirit draws a smile on his experienced face.
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April 27, 2015 06:25 PM MDT
On March 18, 2015, The Utah Women & Leadership Project, partnered with the UVU Women’s Success Center, the Women’s Leadership Institute and other organizations provided our Utah community with an evening with Sheri Dew. Her remarks were entitled “You Were Born To Lead.” She gave seven distinct points about leadership in our varied spheres. As Elaine Dalton said in her introduction, “We are not ordinary women and this is not an ordinary time.” Susan Madsen, Project Director of the Utah Women and Leadership Project, echoed this idea, saying, “We don’t have the luxury of thinking only some women should or can be leaders. We all must be.” Having been personally drawn to leadership roles within various community organizations, I can attest to the wise counsel that Dew gives about leadership and being effective. I have made the mistakes she cautions against.
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April 20, 2015 03:15 PM MDT
The announcement was ordinary and without fanfare. Larry Pressler would be confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the weekly services of the Chevy Chase congregation.
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April 17, 2015 07:55 PM MDT
Justin Osmond, son of Merrill Osmond, has been on an intense training schedule since September of 2014 to run the biggest and longest trek of his life. He isn’t running for himself--he’s running 250 miles to raise awareness and financial support for 25 deaf children living in Southern Utah who will be receiving the gift of better hearing.
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April 17, 2015 01:53 PM MDT
Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who starts Friday against the A's, has made baseball history in two ways.
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April 16, 2015 09:45 AM MDT
Photo of Sam Cowley from keepapitchinin.org What do notorious gangsters John Dillinger and Lester Gillis (aka “Baby Face Nelson”) have to do with the LDS Church? Simple: they were tracked and ultimately killed thanks to the action of a Mormon government agent—an action that secured his billing as a national hero.
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April 10, 2015 04:34 PM MDT
In a recently released interview with the Mormon Channel, beloved LDS singer Donny Osmond shared his advice for those struggling with their faith in God:
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April 07, 2015 07:44 PM MDT
“Steadfast in the Spotlight” aired between General Conference sessions on Sunday, April 5, focusing on famous Mormons and their testimonies that keep them strong no matter their place in the limelight.
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