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14 Celebrities Who Would Make Great Mormons

Marcus Mariota

This Heisman trophy winner would look good wearing Cougar blue.

The 2014 Heisman trophy winner and quarterback for the University of Oregon Ducks has deep Christian roots and a profound love and regard for family. In his Heisman acceptance speech, the teary-eyed Polynesian college student thanked his mother and father for teaching and raising him well. In an interview with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, when asked about going “All in” for God, he said, “I think as an athlete when you’re able to go out there and have the abilities that the Lord has blessed you with, you want to glorify Him. You want to go out there to represent Him in the right light. To represent your family in the right light and to do that through His power.” At the ripe age of 21, he would make an awesome missionary in Tonga somewhere, or could have great impact on some teenage boys in the Young Mens program. As large as the church is in the Polynesian culture, we weren’t surprised to find people asking on the internet if Mariota was in fact a Mormon. He’s not… yet.

 

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift is a rare celebrity that genuinely cares about the millions of fans that look up to her.

What Mormon doesn’t love T-Swift? This impressive young mogul has had an incredibly positive influence on millions of teenage girls around the world. Taylor Swift was raised in a Christian household, stating that she learned to love to sing by watching her grandmother sing in church. Despite the fact that Taylor tries to somewhat tiptoe around the topic of religion, she has sang songs about praying to God and has even dated a couple other Christian celebrities on our list. Not only is this celebrity incredibly charitable, but she touches individual lives for good. She recently gave gifts to several fans and shared it in a video she uploaded to YouTube. We’re convinced that Taylor Swift would be an awesome member of the church and would draw quite the crowd in sacrament meeting if she were to sing a special musical number. Imagine Sister Swift singing How Great Thou Art or I Am a Child of God. We would have to scatter several boxes of tissues throughout the congregation.

 

Brad Paisley

This family man first learned to sing as a boy in his church.

This country music superstar and family man first started singing when he was Deacon-age at his Church in West Virginia. He has written several songs with Christian themes including one that talks about how God sometimes answers our prayers “no”  and even sings about meeting the Savior in heaven. Brad Paisley was quoted by the Christian Single saying, “To me, the best way to witness is to not spend all your time explaining to them how wrong they are on everything they are doing, but to show them how your life is working and how much peace you have,.. Jesus was never the least bit judgmental. I never got that feeling in reading my Bible that He ever looked at anybody with anything less than compassion and total understanding.” Sounds like some great missionary advise to be shared in Missionary correlation meeting, Brother Paisley! Brad Paisley married his high school sweetheart and they currently reside in Franklin Tennessee where they are raising two future missionaries. Fingers crossed.

 

Dave Ramsey

This credit-card-cutting finance guru teaches provident living and living within your means… just like our church has taught for years.

This finance guru, talk show host, and devout Christian takes a biblical approach to financial stewardship, provident living, self-reliance, and living within your means. Hmmm… sounds familiar! Ramsey often counsels with callers quoting passages of scripture from the Bible and well-known pastors. When it comes to Charitable giving, Dave Ramsey always teaches that one-tenth of your increase should be given to your church or a charity. We’re pretty sure that Brother Dave Ramsey would make for an impressive ward clerk or a stake financial specialist. Depending on the strength of his conversion, he might even make a good addition to the Presiding Bishopric.

 

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood even sports the popular Mormon poof hairstyle.

This adorable homegrown American Idol winner and country music superstar openly professes her love for Jesus Christ in interviews and her music. Carrie began singing as a young girl at her baptist church in rural Oklahoma. She began her potential eternal family in 2011 by marrying professional NHL hockey player and Christian Mike Fisher, they are also expecting their first child. Carrie recently released the song, “Something in the Water” which she co-wrote and sang. We’re pretty sure this song was inspired by a Mormon baptism. I wonder if it’s appropriate to sing at your own baptism, and every sacrament meeting after that.

 

Jerry Sloan

Jerry Sloan with his wife Tammy. Man, he looks good in a suit and tie.

As the former coach of the Jazz and Utah resident of over 30 years, we’re pretty confident Jerry is familiar with the Mormon culture and many of our beliefs. Despite the fact that he curses like a sailor (so did General Autority J. Golden Kimball…) Brother Sloan recently quit smoking and drinking. Jerry Sloan has also been spotted with Apostle D. Todd Christofferson. With his experience in basketball, we’re positive he would make a great stake athletics coordinator or church ball coach. I would guarantee that team the stake championship, assuming their coach doesn’t get tossed for having a potty mouth.

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Josh Groban

This popular musician would fit right in with the Mormon culture.

Imagine having Josh Groban as your ward music coordinator. His judeo-Christian upbringing and diverse background makes him a perfect candidate for the missionaries. He has never made a clear statement of his beliefs, but has a large Christian following and has lyrics with Christian undertones. Groban’s Jewish father became a Christian convert when he married Josh’s Christian mother, so…being a convert is in his blood. Josh Groban has worked with Mormon YouTube sensations Kid Snippets so, who knows, he may have already had the first discussion.

 

Tim & Faith Hill

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Can you imagine walking into church and seeing Brother and Sister McGraw sitting like this on the couch in the foyer? Awesome.

What Mormon wouldn’t love to see this country music mega couple walk into sacrament meeting? I wouldn’t even mind if Tim sat in front of me wearing his cowboy hat! Plus, Brother McGraw has Faith (his wife, pun intended) who is a devout Baptist and has quite the pipes (vocal pipes, not organ). They are currently raising a beautiful family with three daughters that would make a great addition to any Young Women’s class. Hey Nashville missionaries, consider this your member referral. Next time you’re in the area, go knock on their door. Here is their home:

The church building Tim & Faith currently attend… oh wait, that’s their mansion.

 

Paula Dean, Martha Stewart, & Rachel Ray

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The Powerhouse Presidency.

Sure, these women might not like each other and have their fair share of shortcomings, but what member of the church doesn’t!? Can you imagine having these three women as your relief society presidency? If these three powerhouse business women, homemakers, decorators, and cooks could work together, we’re pretty confident homemaking nights would be pretty incredible, home delivered meals would be nicely wrapped with cute bows, ward parties would consist of more than green Jell-O and funeral potatoes, and the missionaries would gain some serious weight. President Paula… has a nice ring to it. Sure, having a famous Catholic (Martha), Baptist (Paula) and a Jew (Rachel) all convert to Mormonism may sound far fetched, but stranger things have happened… maybe.

 

The Robertsons – Duck Dynasty

The Robertson family looks like your typical Mormon Pioneer stock.

There’s plenty to preach about what this family does that would align with our beliefs. Whenever all the men in a family grow beards like the early pioneers, pray as a family, treat women with respect, and care about family as much as these guys do, they’re just destined to get visits from the missionaries someday. The Robertson Family made it big back in 2012 when their TV series Duck Dynasty became popular because of their fun redneck antics and their strong love for God and family. The family has occasionally come under fire for their beliefs to which they have always strongly defended. When asked by their network A&E to stop talking about God, they threatened to quit. This family is large and diverse enough to form their own branch! Can you imagine ward campouts with the Robertson family? Personally, I would love to hear Si talk in Sacrament, Jack.

 

Tim Tebow

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Need we say more about Tim Tebow?

When I first saw this NFL quarterback kneel in prayer on the gridiron, I wanted to send him a copy of the Book of Mormon. We know it’s not easy to being a Christian celebrity, but Tim not only lives his Christian faith, he makes it look cool. I mean, the guy wears John 3:16 eye stickers, prays kneeling when he scores a touchdown, and was born in the Philippines while his parents were serving missions. Just like Tim McGraw, this guy has faith (not that Faith). This young, talented athlete is undoubtedly surrounded by foul language, alcohol, and an environment that is anything but conducive to Christian values, but what better way to meet those in need the gospel of Jesus Christ. Tim would make an awesome Elders Quorum president and would be happy to play quarterback at the ward turkey bowl. You just better pray he’s on your team.

 

The Jonas Brothers

The Jonas Brothers. I mean, we already even call them “Brother”!

We could put this brother trio in just about any calling in the church and they would excel – especially the Young Women’s program. These teen hearthrob brothers are Evangelical Christians and son of an ordained preacher. Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas all openly wore commitment or purity rings which are a symbol of a commitment to chastity before marriage. Of their religious background they said, “[Our parents] started a sign language ministry and they travel around the US. They started that in 1990 I think. They went all over the world. It was pretty amazing. They stopped when I was born… Then my dad became the senior pastor at the church in Wyckoff, New Jersey when we moved there. It was just amazing how the Lord planned it all.” Could someone get these guys some CTR rings!

 

Steve Martin

Imagine having this guy at your ward talent show.

The only reason we think Steve Martin should be Mormon is because of the great Mormon myth that he is a member of the church. Rumors spread that Martin was a member of the church when a LDS missionary baptized a member named Steve Martin. Turned out that it wasn’t the Steve Martin we love from The Jerk, Father of the Bride and Pink Panther. Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone joked about how he was a member only to find out that he ACTUALLY got baptized? Here’s to hoping this myth becomes a fact!

 

Kirk Cameron

Let’s pretend this is Kirk Cameron giving his first sacrament meeting talk.

This famous actor from the 80s hit television comedy series Growing Pains would make an awesome ward mission leader! For a guy that described himself as a “staunch athiest” Kirk Cameron has come a long way. He converted to Christianity when the father of a girl he liked (what Mormon conversion story doesn’t start that way) told him he had everything except Jesus Christ and His gospel. Cameron’s conversion was so strong he started an organization called The Way of the Master which teaches Christians how to share the gospel with the unsaved. It doesn’t stop there. Cameron and his wife Chelsea Noble have a “typical” Mormon family of six children, four of which are adopted. Cameron said the biggest celebrity in his eyes “…is Jesus Christ. He’s the One who I applaud and thank.” Kirk has quite the testimony, dedication to sharing the gospel, and conversion story. We’re just hoping that he’ll have another conversion story someday.

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Brandon is a son, brother, husband and father to a 10lb miniature goldendoodle. Brandon has served in various church capacities including full-time missionary in Madrid, Spain, youth instructor, Young Men's Presidency, Elders Quorum Presidency and currently juggles his bishop's busy schedule as the executive secretary. Brandon owns LDSBookstore.com which recently was featured in the Utah 100 as one of the fastest growing companies in Utah.

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  1. It may surprise the author of this article to know that there are millions of people in America who believe in Christ, love to sing hymns, are great with money, and believe that the family is important. It’s very likely that they would find it quite offensive that you believe this means they are primed for membership. There is good everywhere – even among Gentiles. These are not uniquely Mormon traits.

    • absolutely, people can be good for the sake of being good with or without religion

      • It took tremendous patience, for the ancient christians to love the gentiles of that era of christ day: lds members also bear alot of patience with those who are not members because lds values are unique: But overall lds members have a heavier load to carry than mainstream Christians because they have access to more truth than anyone else in the world that believes in Christ:So lds members have to have charity as much as ancient Christians of Christ’s era because it’s the same gospel that christ taught: False doctrine abounds and that’s why why lds members have so much patience:they know the difference:

  2. Nice. Celebrity worship combined with heaping dose of judgment about who would make a “good” Mormon (sad that the list is also 90-plus percent white). Ridiculousness at its finest.

    • Wow, really stretching there cheri, you’re right, he must be a racist too since only one person didn’t look white. By the way The Jonas Brothers are of Italian, German, Cherokee, English, Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian descent. Josh Groban is German, English, Jewish. Rachel Ray is French, Welsh, Scottish, Sicilian (and she speaks italian) Point being…..Race doesn’t matter. It didn’t matter in the list and it shouldn’t matter to the rest of us. It only maters to racists like yourself who want to use it to discredit individuals. If you don’t like the article, don’t read the blog, but keep your racist ideology to yourself. Truth is, you’d make a great mormon too, church isnt for the perfect people in this world, it’s for those who want to be better. I think we can all be better don’t you?

      • I didn’t say a word about racism—that was all you. I said it was sad that the list was overwhelmingly white, and it is because the author lost a chance to be inclusive. There are plenty of celebrities of color who the author could have chosen to include and didn’t.

        So…you are denying that would be considered white?

        Except that for a vast number of people in the world, their race does matter. The fact that I am a woman of color makes a big difference in my life, and it’s not right to trivialize that by telling me my race doesn’t matter. It would have been a good thing to see a better representation of the diversity that makes up the church.

        Ad hominem fallacy.

        Since when is liking and agreeing with anything a prerequisite for reading and commenting online? If we’re following that vein, you don’t have to read and respond to my comment. The whole “you’re a racist for noticing that people of color weren’t included in this list” doesn’t deserve a response.

        I am Mormon. I think this entire page demonstrates how far humanity has to go in many regards.

      • Interesting. The site erased the quotes I responded to. Here’s the quotes include:

        Quote: Wow, really stretching there cheri, you’re right, he must be a racist too since only one person didn’t look white.

        Response: I didn’t say a word about racism—that was all you. I said it was sad that the list was overwhelmingly white, and it is because the author lost a chance to be inclusive. There are plenty of celebrities of color who the author could have chosen to include and didn’t.

        Quote: By the way The Jonas Brothers are of Italian, German, Cherokee, English, Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian descent. Josh Groban is German, English, Jewish. Rachel Ray is French, Welsh, Scottish, Sicilian (and she speaks italian).

        Response: So…you are denying that would be considered white?

        Quote: Point being…..Race doesn’t matter. It didn’t matter in the list and it shouldn’t matter to the rest of us.

        Response: Except that for a vast number of people in the world, their race does matter. The fact that I am a woman of color makes a big difference in my life, and it’s not right to trivialize that by telling me my race doesn’t matter. It would have been a good thing to see a better representation of the diversity that makes up the church.

        Quote: It only maters to racists like yourself who want to use it to discredit individuals.

        Response: Ad hominem fallacy.

        Quote: If you don’t like the article, don’t read the blog, but keep your racist ideology to yourself.

        Response: Since when is liking and agreeing with anything a prerequisite for reading and commenting on anything posted online? If we’re following that vein, you don’t have to read my comment. The whole “you’re a racist for noticing that people of color weren’t included in this list” doesn’t deserve a response.

        Quote: Truth is, you’d make a great mormon too, church isnt for the perfect people in this world, it’s for those who want to be better. I think we can all be better don’t you?

        Response: I am Mormon. I think this entire page demonstrates how far humanity has to go in many regards.

      • Well said.same with me every time I see something good about a person I would always ask myself is she or he a Mormon

    • Not to be a stinker but you did make it about race when you pointed out all the whiteys. On another note I saw missionaries gave a Book of Mormon to Snoop Dogg, excuse me, Snoop Lion. So fingers crossed he might be a Mormon soon. YAY!

    • Cheri, These celebs are picked because this person that did so, most likely did see many black brothers and sisters out there that they felt was Mormon material!! But I a sure you there are!!! We are all God’s children despite our color or where we came from!! We must not get to sensitive in this way!!! we know our lives as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Saints is different then others, because we know the truth about life and our Lord Jesus Christ and all that we need to get back to our Father!! it is about personal spiritual responsibility!!! Now I do not even know why this celebrity kind of thing is on here any way!!! every one has a chance to change their lives to come unto Christ, but I guess this brother thought it would be fun to write this, but we must not judge him, for some thing that didn’t even cross hiss mind I am sure!!! We know it is never about race!! it is always about Good and Evil never about color! We are not that way you should know that!! Please be at ease with thy mind! I am sure you are a wonderful child of God and have a beautiful heart and soul, and I hope that this doesn’t hinder your spiritual growth and the wonderful Love that the lord has for you. Mau god bless you with the happy understanding of others!! have a great day sister Cheri. O:) yours truly Brother Van Patten! O:) O:) <3 O:) O:)

  3. It is so sad that we are actually looking wishing hoping we have more celebrity blood in our congregations. We welcome all wether they are celebrity or not. We need to look within our wards and gain our talent there. If you’d look at your members, really talk to, you’d find so much talent in various forms out there. It just needs to be unburied. This will give you the variety your seeking rather than the same people being called to the presidency spots of different organizations.
    Let’s look deep into our own ward families for talent rather than hoping a celebrity novelty to pop in, or even join our ward on a permanent basis.

  4. Hi,

    I celebrate the love you have for your Church. However, I know for a fact that many of us in this and other countries have those same values you mention about your Church. Just two examples: U.S. Southern families living in country areas, and Hispanic-families (from other countries and new to this country). Their families and belief-related values are the cornerstone of their lives. And these are just two examples. Christ is all around the world, and not only within the Mormon family.

  5. Cheri, I’m not sure what happened to you thread but I can still see all the comments. Maybe reset your browser, and while you doing that take a chill pill. This is just a light fun lighthearted article.

  6. I thought it was entertaining and some parts were pretty funny. Mostly to be taken lightly except for the part where missionary work is encouraged. Thank you!

  7. Why do they need to be Mormon? Is their devout faith in Jesus Christ not good enough? Mormons do not hold the trump card on Christianity and being good. If he was going to be like that, he should have put Ghandi, Mother Theresa, the Pope… Celebrity worship is worshipping false idols. We need to get off of that track and get back to the basics.

  8. The headline should read “14 Celebrities WHO Should Be Mormon.”

  9. People, RELAX! Its obvious we all have great members in our own wards and there are great people, LDS or not. This article is simply made for enjoyment. I doubt the author, who serves in his bishopric and owns LDS sites, worships celebrities. Plus, there is nothing wrong with wanting celebrities to join the church. Last I recalled, we are supposed to be hastening the Work of Salvation. No where have I read a General Authority come out and say, “Hasten the Work but exclude all celebrities.”

    Bottom line, this article was made for entertainment, not worship of idols. If you took offense to this, you need to relax. Its Mormons like you that give us the bad name of judgers!

  10. Next article suggestion–14 Mormons Who We Wish Weren’t

  11. Is ldsdaily.com run by high schoolers? I come here to read articles that uplift, inspire, amuse, teach, support living Christ like……unlike what the world generally offers. I don’t need to see this kind of garbage.

  12. Cute article but two things. Taylor Swit has had almost as many partners as Brigham Young had wives. She’s definitely not a role-model despite any church upbringing. And Kirk Cameron has been in anti-Mormon videos with “pastor” Ray Comfort. Ray is one of the pastors that went around Salt Lake harassing young members regarding doctrine.

  13. What a bizarre article.

  14. Fran Kilpatrick

    A good article is one that makes the reader think. From the replies I have read, this has been accomplished.

  15. This article has many problems with it.

    First, There are no persons of color, those belonging to different ethnic groups, and very few variances in culture.

    Second, it assumes that these individuals are perfect because of how are displayed by the media ( which is biased and discriminatory on its own), and uphold supposedly what our culture “values”…which is? If we are going off of this logic then I would really like to see Snoop Dog up there over Martha Stewart as he served less jail time than her, and has never been divorced. #mormonvalues

    If we want people to be members of the church because of some unattainable ideal then this article picked the wrong people: Humans. If we are welcoming everyone to join the gospel no matter what their history is then the author still picked the wrong people ” formulated cultural images of celebrities to make them appear perfect when they are just like us…humans”.

    I am not trying to trample over the author, but I am encouraging them to look at their biases.

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