Notable Mormons

Love this photo of Mitt Romey and family since I live in Hawaii.
Love this photo of Mitt Romey and family since I live in Hawaii. | Source

Famous Mormons in Business

It seems that Mitt Romney's run for President of the United States has him under close scrutiny these days. Definitely, he is not the richest person that has run for this office, but the fact that he paid more than ten per cent of his income to the Mormon Church (otherwise known as LDS - to which he belongs) has caused quite a stir. Here are a few other Mormons who have paid the price to be successful in business or in entertainment, and are fairly well known throughout the world.

Donny and Marie Osmond
Donny and Marie Osmond | Source


Donny Osmond

Over fifty years ago, Donny began his stardom in Chicago. He was recently was interviewed by Piers Morgan, telling of his rise, fall, and then rise again in show business. As you can see in the video, he stays true to his beliefs. Donny was seventh of nine children. The Osmond Brothers were an item before Donny joined them at age five.


Marie Osmond

Of course, you cannot mention Donny without Marie Osmond. They went through all of it together as well as the rest of their family members. Marie sells dolls, has danced on Dancing with the Stars, and is a spokesperson for Jenny Craig after losing several pounds.


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Derek and Julianne Hough
Derek and Julianne Hough | Source
David Archuleta - singer/songwriter
David Archuleta - singer/songwriter | Source


Gladys Knight

One of my favorite soul singers is Gladys Knight. She came and sang here in our little town of Laie, Hawaii a few years ago, and shared her story of baptizing into the Mormon Church. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (otherwise known as Mormons) in 1997. She has even advised leaders of the church to put a little 'pep' into their music (in jest). Besides performing, she has written several books and owns a restaurant chain in Georgia.



Derek and Julianne Hough

You might recognize this pair. This brother/sister duo are pro dancers on Dancing with the Stars. Their parents and grandparents were also dancers.



David Archuleta

An American Idol runner up, David is a Mormon, and just recently announced that he will take two years off to serve a mission for his church. He began at the age of ten, competing in talent shows. Even overcoming partial vocal paralysis, David did not give up his dream of singing, and has recorded three albums.

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Stephanie Meyer

The author of the Twilight series is also a Mormon. Stephanie Meyer really found her niche, and she credits her religion for her perspective on the world and what she writes.


Other Notable Mormons

J. Willard Marriott, Founder of Marriott Hotels

David Neeleman, Founder of JetBlue Airways

Nolan D. Archibald, CEO of Black and Decker

Bryce Harper, baseball - first overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft (chosen by the Washington Nationals)

Steve Young, 49ers quarterback (direct descendent of Brigham Young).

There are too many to mention here, but there is a facebook group called Famous Mormons. Also there is a great site which gives names of known Mormon:

  • actors
  • athletes and olympians
  • artists
  • authors
  • educators
  • engineers
  • executives
  • involved in media
  • lawyers
  • musicians
  • military and other service
  • politicians

Check it out and you might be surprised who is Mormon. I was, and yes, I am a Mormon.

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On further research, I found that there is actually a list of famous Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and other religions online. Just do a google search and you'll find them. You can even find a list of famous athiests. May we all live in peace!


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes Marcy, Steven Covey is also a well-known writer. Thanks for adding that.

I hope to visit Austin one day - who knows, maybe we can retire there. Aloha!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Doesn't Steven Covey belong on this list, too? I think he's LDS also.

Yes, Austin is a great place to live - I hope you come and visit if you're in Texas sometime! I love Hawaii, too, though!


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks James. You might read Stephanie Meyer's story about how she came up with Twilight. http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/bio.html

You are lucky to have met Mitt Romney. I have yet to meet him, but I am hopeful. I appreciate your comments.

@Marcy - I've heard Austin is a great place to retire. Sounds like you have some good people around you. Thanks for your comments.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Ty and Jeff live here in Austin & we were in the same ward for several years (a ward is a congregation, for non-LDSers). They're great guys, and their wives and families are wonderful.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I never would have made a connection between Mormons and Twilight! :D

I enjoyed your fine Hub. Thank you for a good read. I have met Mitt a few times. Nice man. Very smart. A good man.


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Simone. Glad you enjoyed it. You rock! Aloha!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, I hadn't realized that a bunch of these folks are Mormon! Neat!


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

There were so many that I could write several hubs on it. Thanks, Marcy Goodfleisch for adding a couple more.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Thanks for compiling this, Elayne - the list is endless, isn't it? Ty Detmer and Jeff Kent (athletes) are another two to add. Voted up and interesting!


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

He will grow up a lot on his mission. Hopefully you can meet him some day. I work at BYU Hawaii. Maybe he will come here, then you can transfer.


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Shanna11 4 years ago from Utah

I wonder if he'll ever go to college... Hope he does, and I hope it's BYU!


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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks Shanna11. Yep, I think he will be a good missionary and companion.


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Shanna11 4 years ago from Utah

David Archuleta's serving a mission? Awesome. That means I can marry him! Lol. Great article!

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