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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Paula Dean, Martha Stewart, & Rachel Ray
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
Brandon is the husband to an incredibly talented soccer mom, a father to the cutest 4-year old twins you have ever seen, and the doggy daddy to two Goldendoodles named Jake and Penny. Brandon has served in various church capacities including full-time missionary in Madrid, Spain, youth instructor, Young Men’s Presidency, Executive Secretary, temple worker, and Elders Quorum Presidency. Brandon is the owner of LDSBookstore.com which has been featured as one of the fastest-growing companies in Utah. He enjoys playing basketball, ping-pong, and throwing his twins in the air.