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Who's Who of Mormonism


The Who's Who of Mormonism is comprised of notable and accomplished individuals who were or are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Future inductees into the Mormon Hall of Fame are selected by a committee from those listed in the Who's Who of Mormonism. Individuals who are still living cannot be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The sum total of one's life must be available for examination before they can be considered for the Hall of Fame.

The general public can make suggestions and arguments on those they believe should be included in either group. They can also make suggestions on information that should be included, adjusted, or corrected. 

 

Members of the Who's Who of Mormonism (in alphabetical order).

 

  • Abel, Elijah. 1808-1884. Abel, or Ables, escaped slavery and ultimately found himself being baptized into the Mormon Church. As probably the first black member of the Church he had the expected trials but seems to have fit in well with the Saints. He was ordained by Joseph Smith in 1832 as an Elder. At one point he joined a group of Mormon men who tried to rescue Joseph Smith when he was arrested. In 1843 he served a mission in New York. Later, after going to Utah with Brigham Young and the Saints, he served another mission in Canada in 1884. See Russell Stevenson's Black Mormon. The Story of Elijah Ables. 2013. More recently Stevenson wrote a more comprehensive look at blacks in the Mormon Church entitled For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830-2013. 

        

  • Abrea, Angel. Brother Abrea was born in Argentina in 1933. He has served as a regional representative, mission president, and in the First Quorum of Seventy, the first general authority from Latin America.  
  • Accord, Art. 1890-1931. Accord was born in Utah. He became a silent film actor, playing in such silent films as the 1917 version of Cleopatra. He also starred in many westerns and was sometimes referred to as the "Mormon Cowboy." He killed himself in 1931.
  • Adams, J. Todd. Adams is an actor, appearing mostly on theatrical stages rather than the big screen. He did play a role in Flyboys and some other films. He has associated with the Utah Shakespearean Festival and others like it around the country
  • Ahern, John. 1933-2008. He became a cameraman, director, producer, and animator in such movies as Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmations, Sleeping Beauty, and many others. He worked on shows such as Batman, G.I. Joe, Winnie the Pooh and many more. He literally has hundreds of movie and television show credits under his belt. He won five Emmy Awards. He worked at times with his cousin Grenade Curran, who is also in this Who's Who. 
  • Ainge, Danny. Danny Ainge was BYU's first consensus all-American basketball player. He was named Player-of-the-Year in 1982. He went on to play with the Phoenix Suns and then to coach that same team. Danny Ainge wrote a chapter in the book Why I Believe. Orson Scott Card wrote a book entitled Ainge

        

  • Allen, James B. He was born in Logan, Utah, in 1927. He was assistant Church Historian and author. His most popular work is The Story of the Latter-day Saints co-authored with Glen Leonard.

        

  • Andersen, Neil L. Elder Anderson is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was born in 1951 in Logan, Utah. Throughout his many years of Church service he had positions of leadership in Europe, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, and was President of the Bordeaux Mission in France. 

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  • Anderson, Dwayne N. Anderson was president of the Tokyo, Japan temple. 
  • Anderson, Joseph. 1889-1992. Elder Anderson served as the secretary to the First Presidency for almost fifty years. He managed the Church Historical Department, was director of Deseret Book, and was a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He was also an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles.
  • Andrus, Helen Mae. Originally Helen Mae Hillman, she grew up near her husband Hyrum. Like her husband she obtained a Master's Degree, writing her dissertation on Joseph Smith's Influence on the Church Welfare Program. She also wrote co-wrote books with her husband.
  • Andrus, Milo. 1814-1893. Milo Andrus joined the Church in 1832. He was part of Zion's Camp and served as a bishop, stake president, in the Quorum of the Seventy, and served in the Nauvoo Legion. In Utah he helped build temples and was a polygamist with over 10 wives. He also served as a chaplain in the Utah Legislature. 
  • Archuleta, David. David became popular after his appearance on American Idol. He has become a pop singer and has released albums. He went on a mission to Chile and then returned to his singing career. See one of his online videos from the film Meet the Mormons here

        

  • Ashton, Alan C. Ashton was born in Salt Lake City in 1942. He is one of the founders of WordPerfect Corporation headquartered in Provo, Utah. He has been considered to be one of the richest men in America. He was also a missionary, bishop, stake president, mission president and temple president. He is also a co-founder of Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.
  • Bachman, Randy. Randy was one of the members of the Rock n Roll band The Guess Who. When he converted to the Church he left the band because of the sex and drugs. He formed Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO)  and had huge hits such as "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet." He was very active in the Church, including doing "church dances" in his native Canada. The latest on Bachman is that he has left the church or at least is no longer practicing.

        

  • Backman, LeGrand. Backman was the father of general authority, Robert L. Backman. He was a mission president in South Africa. 
  • Backman, Robert L. Born in Salt Lake City in 1922, he was a mission president, president of the Jordan River temple, superintendent of the YMMIA, and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He served in the army during World War Two. He wrote the books Be Master of Yourself and Take Charge of Your Life.  
  • Bailey, Mary. Mary Bailey was the wife of Samuel Harrison Smith, Joseph's younger brother. See Ruby K. Smith's book entitled Mary Bailey
  • Ballam, Michael. Ballam's home town is Logan, Utah. He is a famous Opera singer. He has sang all over the world–even the White House. He is even more known by temple-goers as the devil in some versions of the temple film. See The Best of Michael Ballam and Music and the Mind      
  • Ballantyne, Richard. 1817-1898. Ballantyne converted to the Mormon Church in 1842. He had been a Sunday School teacher in the Presbyterian Church. After serving a mission and traveling to Utah he founded the Sunday School of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Utah, in 1949, and is known as the Father of that Institution to this day.
  • Ballard, Henry. 1832-1908. Henry Ballard joined the Church in England in 1849. His family bitterly opposed this and disowned him. He eventually converted his parents and they came to America with him. He narrowly escaped death on the ship Saluda, which blew up and sank. He went on to become a bishop and a patriarch in Cache county, Utah. A counselor and friend, N. W. Kimball, said, "I have never known a better man." See the book Henry Ballard: The Story of a Courageous Pioneer, 1832-1908
  • Ballard, M. Russell. Elder Ballard is currently in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and is related to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was born in Salt Lake City in 1928. He served a mission in England and was Mission President over the Canada Toronto Mission. In this photograph he is seen with First Lady Michelle Obama.  
  • Ballard, Melvin J. 1873-1939. Melvin Joseph Ballard was born in Logan, Utah. He was the son of Henry Ballard and the Grandfather of Elder M. Russell Ballard. See Melvin R. Ballard's Melvin J. Ballard—Crusader for Righteousness. Bookcraft: 1966. Also see Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin J. Ballard. 
  • Ballard, Timothy. Author of books called The Covenant, One Nation Under God and The Covenant, Lincoln and the War. He has been on the Glenn Beck show, has been interviewed by Nick Galieti on The Good Word, and has been featured on Meridian Magazine.
  • Barty, Billy. 1924-2000. Barty was an actor who became famous for playing a dwarf in many movies and TV shows. He founded the "Little People of America Organization." He resented actors calling him a "midget."

        

  • Bastian, Bruce. Bastian was born in Idaho in 1948. He is one of the co-founders of WordPerfect Corporation. He served on the Advisory Committee of the Arts for President Obama, and openly fought against Proposition 8 in California.
  • Bean, Rebecca. Called by Joseph F. Smith to serve a 5-year mission in Palmyra, New York, along with her husband. She helped the Church re-establish itself in the area and purchase the Hill Cumorah and other neighboring sites. See Rand H. Packer's A Lion and a Lamb.
  • Bean, Willard. He is the author of Gospel Conversations (1925), The ABC History of Palmyra and the Beginning of Mormonism (1938), and The Geograpy of the Book of Mormon (1948). Also see the listing for his wife Rebecca Bean.
  • Beck, Glenn. Conservative radio-commentator, television star on CNN and Fox, best-selling author. He was the founder of The Blaze on line. Glenn converted to the Church after a nasty divorce and after falling into alcoholism and despair. He has commented that he became a member of the Church not because he wanted to, but because he needed to.

       

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  • Benson, Reed. Benson is the son of President Ezra Taft Benson. He served in the Korean War as a chaplain. He served a mission in England and went on to be a mission president in Kentucky.
  • Bigler, Bathsheba W. She was born in Virginia in 1822. She married George A. Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois. In Utah she became a leader in the suffrage movement, and also became the fourth President of the Relief Society.
  • Bluth, Don Movie producer who once worked with Disney, but went on to produce movies such as All Dogs Go to Heaven, An American Tail, Anastasia, The Land Before Time, and many others. He is the founder of Don Bluth Productions, which has also done animation for other films such as Xanadu.   
  • Bonnell, Barry. Bonnell was a major league baseball player. He played for the Seattle Mariners and the Atlanta Braves. He is good friends with fellow Latter-day Saint Dale Murphy.

         

  • Booth, Edwina. 1904-1991. Originally born as Josephine Woodruff, she was an actress who played in a few movies but her career basically ended after playing in Trader Horn. During the filming of that movie she became very sick and her illness was so severe she would never act again.

          

  • Booth, Ezra. 1792-1873. Booth joined the Church when he witnessed first-hand Joseph Smith the Prophet healing someone. But after less than a year he apostatized from the Church. He can be found mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants 64:15. 
  • Bradford, William R. He was born in Springville, Utah, in 1933. He was a missionary in Japan, then a mission president in Chile, temple president in Houston, and was called to the Quorum of the Seventy in 1975.

          

  • Brannan, Samuel. 1819-1889. Sam Brannan was born in Massachusetts. He joined the Mormon Church and associated with them in Kirtland, Ohio. From New York he printed a Mormon newspaper entitled The Prophet. Later, he went to California with a group of other Mormons. In San Francisco he took advantage of the gold rush and became California's first millionaire. He pioneered the pony express and was involved in the first vigilante groups in that State. He served on the city council of Sacramento and many things in that area of the State are named after Brannon. He tried to get Brigham Young to bring the Saints to California rather than stop in the Great Basin. He also published California's first newspaper. See the book Sam Brannan and the California Mormons by Paul Bailey. 

         

  • Brewerton, Ted Eugene. Brewerton was born in Canada in 1925. He became a bishop, stake president, regional representative, mission president in Central America, and ultimately a member of the Quorum of the Seventy.
  • Brimley, Wilford. Anthony Wilford Brimley was born in Salt Lake City in 1934. He is an actor who appeared in many films: Cocoon, The Thing, The Natural, The Firm, The China Syndrome, and in Richard Dutcher's Brigham City

         

  • Brockbank, Bernard P. In the 1960s and 1970s he served as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve. He was born in Salt Lake City in 1909. He was in charge of the Mormon pavilions at four World's Fairs.
  • Brown, James Stephens. James Brown was born in 1828. As a new convert to the Church he made his way to Nauvoo. His autobiography tells of the persecutions he endured for joining the faith. Brown went on to serve a mission in Tahiti and later to return there as Mission President. He served in the Mormon Battalion and came to Salt Lake City. See his book, Giant of the Lord. The Life of a Pioneer
  • Brown, Victor L. 1914-1996. Elder Brown was born in Canada. He served as the Second Counselor to the Presiding Bishop and then later was named the new Presiding Bishop of the Church. He wrote On Being Human and Healing Troubled Relationships.   
  • Buchanan, Angela Bay. Buchanan is the sister of Pat Buchanan. She was chosen by President Reagan to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, in 1982. Back then you may have noticed that your dollar bills had her signature on them! She was the second Mormon woman to serve in this capacity. Buchanan worked on the Mitt Romney campaign when he ran for President of the United States.

        

  • Burch, Yvonne King. One of the famous singing King Sisters. See Luise King Rey and Ora Pate Stewart's The Singing Kings. Deseret Book. 1969.
  • Burton, H. David. He was born in Salt Lake City in 1938. He was the Presiding Bishop of the Church from 1995 to 2012.     
  • Burton, Theodore M. 1907-1989. Burton went on a mission to the Swiss-German Mission and later became President of the West German Mission. He worked at the U.S. Embassies in Berlin and Vienna. He was in the Quorum of the Seventy and also served as an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles. He wrote the book God's Greatest Gift.   
  • Busche, F. Enzio. Busche was born in Germany in 1930. He was forced into the German army at age fifteen. He joined the Church in 1958 and was called as a general authority in 1977. His autobiography is called Yearning For The Living God.  
  • Bushnell, Nolan Kay. Bushnell was born in Clearfield, Utah, in 1943. He is the founder of Atari and is considered one of the "founding fathers" of the video game industry. He also started other companies including Church E. Cheese.        
  • Call, Anson. 1810-1890. Call joined the Church in 1836 and moved to Nauvoo then to Utah. He helped settle Fillmore, Utah, the first Territorial capital. Historically he is the one who gave us Joseph Smith's "Rocky Mountain Prophecy." For more information on Call see the books The Journal of Anson Call and Anson Call and the Rocky Mountain Prophecy.
  • Campbell, Beverly Brough. Campbell served on many national and international organizations, some involving interfaith cooperation and others fighting breast cancer or drunk driving. She worked in Washington D.C. for several U. S. Presidents and later became the Director of International Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She helped the Church all throughout the world opening political doors. She is the author of Eve and the Choice Made in Eden and Eve and the Mortal Journey.             

          

  • Cannon, Martha Hughes. See Janath Cannon's "Taking the Great Plan into Consideration" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.242.

        

  • Cannon, Sylvester Quayle. 1877-1943. He was the son of George Q. Cannon. He served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church from 1925 to 1938. There is a fascinating book about him entitled Sylvester Quayle Cannon, Tall in Character and Stature by Winfield Q. Cannon.   

        

  • Carleson, Bruce Allen. General Carlson is a four-star General in the Air Force. He is a general authority serving in the Second Quorum of the Seventy. President Obama appointed him to be the director of the National Reconnaissance Office. 

          

  • Cassidy, Butch. He was born in 1866 as Robert LeRoy Parker. The time and place of his death has always been in dispute. Some say he died in Bolivia of Argentina, while others say he lived quietly beyond that time. He was a notorious outlaw affiliated with the Wild Bunch. He was born in Utah to parents who joined the Mormon Church and ultimately traveled to the Utah Territory. It has been suggested that he was an outlaw that never killed anyone. Countless books have tried to explain Butch Cassidy. His sister Lula Parker Betensen wrote the book Butch Cassidy–My Brother, and more recently Butch's nephew, Bill Betensen, wrote Butch Cassidy–My Uncle.

           

  • Chaffetz, Jason. Chaffetz was Jewish. He played football for BYU and converted to Mormonism while in college. He worked on the Presidential campaign for Michael Dukakis and was originally a Democrat. Later, when he became a Republican he worked on the Gubernatorial campaign of Jon Huntsman Jr. He now serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

          

  • Cherry, Alan. Cherry was born in New York City in  1946. As a black man who had attended Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, he joined the Church before blacks were allowed to recieve the priesthood. He was part of Orrin Hatch's singing group The Sons of Mosiah and appeared in the movie Harry's War. He wrote a book entitled It's You and Me Lord! My Experience as a Black Mormon.   
  • Clarke, Alice King. One of the famous singing King Sisters. See Luise King Rey and Ora Pate Stewart's The Singing Kings (Desert Book, 1969). 
  • Clarke, J. Richard. Clark was born in Idaho in 1927. He served as bishop, stake president, regional representative, member of the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy, and also served in the Presiding Bishopric. He was also mission president in South Africa and president of the Hawaii temple. 
  • Conkling, Donna King. One of the famous singing King Sisters. See Luise King Rey and Ora Pate Stewart's The Singing Kings. Deseret Book: 1969.

  • Conkling, James B. Was named by President Ronald Reagan as the president of Voice of America, which is a federal agency. 
  • Cook, Quentin L. Elder Cook currently serves as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was born in 1940 in Logan, Utah. He served a mission in Great Britain and later was a bishop, a stake president, a regional representative, and in the Quorum of the Seventy. He was a prominent lawyer in California. 

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  • Coolbrith, Ina. 1841-1928. Born Josephine Anna Smith, daughter of Don Carlos Smith, Joseph Smith's brother. She moved to California, and claiming that it was her inspiration, she wrote poetry about the West and California specifically. She won awards and became that State's first Poet Laureate. She influenced other famous writers such as Jack London. Josephine Rhodehamel wrote a book entitled Ina Coolbrith, Librarian and Laureate of California
  • Cope, Kenneth. Born in Salt Lake City, in 1961, Cope is a songwriter and singer. He has produced over a dozen albums.
  • Covey, Stephen R. World famous author. His books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, were used throughout the international business community. Anti-Mormons have claimed that he just repackaged Book of Mormon principles and peddled them to the public. While this may be partially true the fact is that these principles were accepted throughout the international business community. Many corporations made his books required reading or built classes or courses around them, especially for management personnel. Covey also wrote The Divine Center, How to Succeed with People, The 8th Habit, and Six Events   
  • Cowley, Matthew. 1897-1953. Cowley, like his father Matthias Cowley, was an Apostle. He served for five years as a missionary in New Zealand where he helped revise the Maori edition of the Book of Mormon. He later became president of the New Zealand mission and became quite famous throughout the Polynesian world. Two very popular books are Matthew Cowley Speaks and a biography on him entitled Matthew Cowley: Man of Faith, by Henry A. Smith.
  • Christofferson, D. Todd. Elder Christofferson is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was born in 1945 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He attended BYU and obtained his law degree from Duke. He went on a misison to Argentina and later became a bishop, stake president, regional representative and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. He also lived in Mexico City as President of the Mexico South Area of the Church. 

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  • Crosby, Oscar. 1815-1870. Oscar was a black slave who traveled to Utah with his white family from Mississippi. He ultimately helped settle San Bernardino, California, with many other Mormons. As with another slave, Hark Lay, he gained his freedom in California, and died there.
  • Cullimore, James A. 1906-1986. Cullimore served as a stake president and mission president before being called to the Quorum of the Seventy. He was also named as an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles.
  • Curran, Grenade. Curran was an actor and stage hand in the motion picture industry. He danced and acted in movies such as Singing in the Rain and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He worked with John Wayne and Clark Gable, and for Walt Disney. He worked on movies such as Planet of the Apes and Hello Dolly. He was offered a half a million dollars to become the Marlboro Man, but due to his belief in the Word of Wisdom declined.
  • Curtis, Keene. 1923-2002. Curtis was born and died in Utah. He was an actor who made appearances in countless movies and television shows: Dark Shadows, Hawaii 5-O, Star Trek, Lou Grant, Hart to Hart, Stargate SG1, Lois and Clark, MASH, Sanford and Son, Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, Night Court, Murder She Wrote, Touched by an Angel, Three's Company, Eight is Enough, Baretta, Full House, ER, and many more
  • Cuthbert, Derek A. Cuthbert was born in England in 1926. He was a businessman in England who became the mission president of the Scottish mission and also became a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. 
  • Dahl, Harvey A. Brother Dahl served as general manager of the Deseret Ranches of Florida, a regional representative, patriarch, and president of the Northern Indian Mission. See the Deseret News 1982 Church Almanac, p.20. 
  • Dashner, James. This former BYU student is the author of such books as The Maze Runner, which was also a major motion picture.
  • Derrick, Royden G. 1915-2009. Elder Derrick was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was University of Utah Board of Regents President. He was a mission president and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium is located at BYU. He was President of the Western Steel Company. He was also president of the Seattle Washington temple.
  • de Jager, Jacob. 1923-2004. Jacob de Jager was born in the Netherlands. He became vice-president of Philips Electronics Industries. He also became the first Dutch person to serve in the Quorum of the Seventy.
  • Dempsey, Jack. 1895-1983. His real name was William Harrison. He was the heavy weight champion of boxing from 1919 to 1926. 

         

  • Dew, Sheri. Dew was born in Kansas in 1953. She served as a counselor to Relief Society President Mary Ellen Smoot. She was appointed by the President of the United States to a committee at the United Nations. She has authored many books, including biographies on Presidents Ezra Taft Benson and Gordon B. Hinckley.
  • Didier, Charles A. Born in Belgium, in 1935, he was the first general authority of the Church from Europe. He served as president of the Sunday School, mission president over Switzerland and France, president of the North Area of South America, and in the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy.
  • Dunn, Loren C. 1930-2001. Dunn served a mission in Australia and then returned later as a mission president there. He served in the Quorum of the Seventy. He was also president of the Boston temple. 
  • Dutcher, Richard. Dutcher was born in 1964 in Illinois. He is a filmmaker who produced, directed, and starred in God's Army, Brigham City, and States of Grace. Dutcher eventually left the Church after his movie about Joseph Smith failed to materialize. 

          

  • Durham, G. Homer. 1911-1985. Durham was born in 1911 in Parowan, Utah. He became  a general authority and served as Church Historian. He was also the President of Arizona State University. He authored the book N. Elden Tanner, His Life and Service, and co-authored, compiled, and edited other books.
  • Engemann, Bobby. 1934-2013. Engemann was one of the three original members of the singing group The Lettermen. They sang songs such as Can't Take My Eyes off of You, Goin Out of My Head, and The Way You Look Tonight.
  • Eyring, Henry. Famous chemist and scientist, he raised in a Mormon colony in Mexico. He won countless scientific awards, and some have suggested that he lost a well-deserved Nobel Prize because he was a Mormon. He is the father of Apostle Henry B. Eyring. He wrote hundreds of articles and books, mostly on scientific topics. He did author Faith of a Scientist and Reflections of a Scientist

  • Eyring, Henry B. Currently a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He was born in New Jersey in 1933, and is the son of Henry Eyring. He has served as Commissioner of the Church Educational System, a member of the Presiding Bishopric, member of the First Quorum of Seventy, and in the Quorum of the Twelve. He currently serves as First Couselor in the First Presidency. He has written several books. He wrote Because He First Loved Us and To Draw Closer to God

        

  • Farland, David. David Farland is a popular science fiction author. He has written countless novels, including an award-winning one on the Willie Martin handcart company called In the Company of Angels. 

       

  • Farr, Lorin C. 1820-1909. Farr converted to the Church and moved west with the Saints. He served in the Utah Legislature and became Ogden, Utah's first mayor. See Lorin Farr, Pioneer 
  • Faust, James E. 1920-2007. Elder Faust was born in Delta, Utah. He served a mission to Brazil. During World War Two he was an intelligence officer in the Air Force. He worked for the Deseret News and was in the Utah Legislature. He was a lawyer and was an advisor of the American Bar Journal. He was bishop, stake president, member of the Quorum of Seventy, Apostle, and counselor in the First Presidency. He wrote To Reach Even Unto You and Reach Up For the Light
  • Featherstone, Vaughn J. He was born in Utah in 1931. He was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and wrote several books. He was also president of the Logan temple and served in the Presiding Bishopric. He wrote Do-It-Yourself Destiny and The Incomparable Christ
  • Flake, Green. Flake was a black slave owned by Madison Flake and his wife, who converted to the Church and went west. He was born around 1828 but it is not certain. He was in the original wagon train that entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. He helped build Fort Union and was ultimately donated as tithing to the Church. He was then granted his freedom. 

   

  • Franco, Guillermo. Professional Argentinian soccor player. He played for Argentina, Mexico, and retired while playing for Chicago.  
  • Friberg, Arnold. 1913-2010. Friberg was an Academy-Award Nominee for his paintings used to promote Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. He is famous for his paintings in the Book of Mormon and his painting of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. He also painted Queen Elizabeth 2. His parents were from Scandinavia and he was just a lad when they were baptized into the Church. He also painted sports scenes for Chevrolet and various western americana and Native American scenes. See Arnold Friberg's Little Christmas Book and Arnold Friberg: The Passion of a Modern Master. 

          

  • Fusipala, Princess. Princess Elisiva Fusipala Vahai is one of the daughters of the Tongan King. She was born in 1949 and joined the Church in 1989.

  • Fyans, J. Thomas. 1918-2008. Elder Fyans was born in Idaho. He became bishop, regional representative, member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Assistant to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, temple president and mission president.
  • Garn, Jake. U.S. Senator from Utah and an astronaut on the space shuttle. He wrote a book about being Mormon called Why I Believe. Aspen Books: 1992. 

       

  • Gates, Susa Young.  Susa was one of Brigham Young's daughters. She authored books and served in the Relief Society. See Susan Evans McCloud's "An Extraordinary Initiative Power" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.232.
  • Gileadi, Avraham. Gileadi was born in Holland in 1940. He is a Jewish convert to the Church and is considered a scholar of Hebrew and has written books on the biblical Book of Isaiah. One of his books was quite controversial. The Last Days was pulled from the shelves by Deseret Book, and a revised edition was then published by Covenant Communications (before that company was purchased by Deseret Book). 

  • Goaslind, Jack H. Jr. 1928-2011. Goaslind was president of the Tempe Arizona temple and as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy.
  • Gochberg, Jonathan. Mormon actor who has appeared in such programs as Deliver Them From Evil and Ancient Secrets of the Bible. He has sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and contributed music to the TV shows Xena Warrior Princess and Hercules.
  • Goldstein, Marvin. Goldstein is a Jewish convert to Mormonism. He is a professional piano player and has worked with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

  • Green, Susan Kent. See Ardeth Green Kapp's "I Shall Know They Are True" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.79.

  • Greene, John P. 1793-1844 Greene was a Methodist minister in the little town of Mendon, New York. It was there that he, along with Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, saw a vision in the sky, and were soon after baptized as members of the Church. Greene served several missions and was most famous for having been the Nauvoo marshal who carried out the city council's order to destroy the notorious anti-Mormon press, The Nauvoo Expositor. He also wrote an early account (in 1839) of the persecutions of the Mormon people, Facts Relative to the Expulsion of the Mormons From the State of Missouri, Under the "Extermination Order." He died shortly after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

  • Groberg, John H. Groberg was born in 1934 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He served a mission in Tonga, which became the inspiration of a book entitled In the Eye of the Storm and Disney movie entitled The Other Side of Heaven starring Anne Hathaway and Christopher Gorham. He became a regional representative and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy.

  • Haight, David B. 1906-2004. Elder Haight was born in Oakley, Idaho, in 1906. He worked for the ZCMI department store in Salt Lake City, and ultimate for Montomery Ward, where he managed 165 stores out of Chicago. He was a stake president in California, president of the Mission in Scotland, regional representative, and Assistant to the Quorum of Twelve. He also served as the governor of hte San Francisco Bay area Council of Mayors. He wrote A Light Unto the World. Lucile Tate wrote a book on him entitled David B. Haight, The Life Story of a Disciple

  • Hales, Robert D. Hales was born in New York City, in 1932. Professionally he was president of Chesebrough-Ponds and of Hughes Television Network. He was also vice-president at Max Factor and president of Gillette's Papermate division. In the Church he was president of the London England Mission and was bishop three times. He served in the Quorum of the Seventy, as the Presiding Bishop, and is now an Apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve. There is a great chapter on Elder Hales in the book Presiding Bishops, compiled by Michael K. Winder. 

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  • Hamblin, Jacob. 1819-1886. When Jacob Hamblin moved west with the Saints his wife divorced him and stayed in Nauvoo. He became an important figure in the West, quickly becoming known as a friend to the Native Americans. He helped his friend Brigham Young with the various tribes in the Utah Territory. He once said that he was told that "if I never shed the blood of an Indian, not one of them would ever have the power to shed mine." See Paul Bailey's Jacob Hamblin—Buckskin Apostle. Bookcraft: 1966 or Pearson Corbett's Jacob Hamblin—Peacemaker. Deseret Book: 1952. Also see Hartt Wixom's Hamblin

       

  • Hanks, Marion D. 1921-2011. Elder Hanks was born in Salt Lake City. He served in the Presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy. He was a mission president and an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In World War Two he served in the Navy. He served on the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Hanks wrote The Gift of Self and Bread Upon the Waters, and Now and Forever.
  • Harline, Leigh. 1907-1969. Harline was a world renowned singer and composer. He won two Adademy Awards for his song When You Wish Upon a Star in the film Pinocchio. The song also won an Oscar Award. It later became the Disney theme song. The song would later be sung again and again by Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller, Billy Joel, and Linda Ronstadt. 

          

  • Harvey, Mildred Cluff. See Maureen Ursenbach Beecher's "The Place for Us to Go" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.259.
  • Hatch, Orrin. Hatch was born in 1934 in Pennsylvania. He has served in the U.S. Senate for over 40 years. He has written books and once met with Pope John Paul II and delivered a message to him from Church President Spencer W. Kimball. He served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He ran for President of the United States as a Republican but lost that nomination to George W. Bush. He was often noted for his close ties to Democrat Senator Kennedy.
  • Hawkins, Paula. 1927-2009. Hawkins was born in Salt Lake City,Utah. She went on to become a U.S. Senator from the state of Florida, the first woman from Florida to serve in the Senate. She served on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and from there launched an investigation into the increased abuse of children.

        

  • Heder, Jon. Jonathan Joseph Heder was the actor and producer of the comedy movie, Napoleon Dynamite. He has also starred in other movies like Just Like Heaven and has appeared in various television shows.

          

  • Heigl, Katherine. This actress was born in Washington D.C., in 1978. She is no longer active but has high regard for the Church. Her parents are still very active. She and her husband have a ranch in Utah. She has been in countless movies and television shows, including Grey's Anatomy, from which she won an Emmy Award. She has been on the cover of many magazines as well.  
  • Heyborne, Kirby. Actor in the 2012 movie The Three Stooges and in the TV series Everwood. He starred in many LDS films such as Saints and Soldiers, The Singles Ward, Midway to Heaven, the Best Two Years, Sons of Provo, The R.M., and more. He even starred in a Wendy's commercial.  
  • Hickman, Laura. Wife of science fiction author Tracy Hickman. She co-authored many of his books and attends events with him.
  • Hickman, Tracy. He was born in Salt Lake City. He went on a mission to Indonesia. He went on to become a huge science fiction author. He co-authored some 30 titles with Margaret Weis. He also wrote books with his wife Laura. He wrote books in the dragonlance series, the Death Gate Cycle series, Dungeons and Dragons, the Darksword series and others. He also designed games. 
        
  • Hickman, Wild Bill. 1815-1883. William Adams Hickman was a body-guard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. As time went on he apostatized from the Church and claimed that he had committed many murders for Brigham Young. His accusations never went anywhere except into the anti-Mormon books of the time. No one has ever been able to separate the fact from the exaggeration of his claims, but they made great sensational anti-Mormon legends relating to the "Danites."
  • Higgs, Elizabeth Stowe. See Jeni Holzapfel's "A Life Story Patchwork Quilt" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.140.
  • Hilton, Lynn M. Born in 1924, in Arizona, Hilton is the author of books on the Book of Mormon, having researched the trail Lehi may have taken in Middle East, on his way to the promised land. He was a businessman, served in the Utah Legislature, and taught at BYU. He also wrote The Kolob Theorem.
  • Hinckley, Ada Bitner. President Gordon B. Hinckley's mother. 
  • Hinckley, Arza Alonzo. 1870-1936. Arza Hinckley was President Gordon B. Hinckley's uncle. When he passed away he was an Apostle.
  • Hinckley, Gordon B. See the Mormon Hall of Fame.
  • Hinckley, Ira Nathaniel. Grandfather of Gordon B. Hinckley. Brigham Young once sent him Coalville to build a chapel.
  • Holland, Jeffrey R. Current member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Holland was born in St. George, Utah, in 1940. He has served as bishop, in a stake presidency, as a regional representative, mission president, president of BYU, a member of the the Seventy, and an Apostle. 

        

  • Holland, Patricia. Patricia Terry Holland is the wife of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. She was in the General Presidency of the Young Women's Organization. She is the author of the book A Quiet Heart.

        

  • Hough, Derek. Hough was born in Salt Lake City in 1985. He has become famous for his many appearances on Dancing with the Stars, staying on the show as a choreographer. He has won many international dance awards. His sister, Julianne, is an actor. 

        

  • Hough, Julianne. She was born in Orem, Utah, in 1988. She has been on Dancing with the Stars, as has her brother Derek. She appeared in the 2011 movie Footloose. She also appeared in one of the Harry Potter movies and has sung, danced, or acted with many stars such as Cher, Willie Nelson, Ryan Seacrest, etc.

        

  • Howard, F. Burton. Born in Logan, Utah, in 1933, Burton became a bishop and then a stake president. He was an assistant Utah Attorney General. In 1978 he became a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. 
  • Hunter, Edward. 1793-1883. He joined the Church in 1840 and served as a bishop in Nauvoo before becoming the Presiding Bishop of the Church. There is an extremely rare biography on Hunter, by William E. Hunter, called Edward Hunter–Faithful Steward. 
  • Huntsman, Jon M. Sr. Billionaire businessman and father of former Utah Governor and Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. John Meade Huntsman was born in Idaho in 1937. He married a daughter of Mormon Apostle David B. Haight. He is noted for his charitable donations that exceed $1 billion. In some capacity he served U.S. Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Bush Sr. He had political ambitions but largely oversaw his business, which soared to greatness. The Huntsman Chemical Corporation has had revenues, in recent years, of over $10 billion annually. Huntsman is noted for his cancer research and for aid to Armenia. He was also a close personal friend to President Gordon B. Hinckley. He wrote Winners Never Cheat. He may be most famous for his Huntsmann Cancer Institute. [Click here to see a short video about the facility.]  
                
  • Huntsman, Jon M. Jr. Huntsman was born in California in 1960. He was CEO of his father's Huntsman Corporation and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Before becoming Governor of Utah he had served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. He had served on the White House staff to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush appointed him to be Assistant Deputy of Commerce. He later served as U.S. Ambassador to China for President Barak Obama. He was a Republican candidate for President in 2012. He is the author of The Governor's Century Club of 2007 and wrote the introduction to Utah in 2050.  
        
  • James, Jane Manning. Jane Manning was a free black woman who traveled 800 miles to lead a group of nine black converts to Nauvoo. She became a guest in the Joseph Smith home. She described Joseph Smith as "a fine, big, noble, beautiful man." Speaking of Joseph's murder she said: "When he was killed, I liked to a died myself." She went west with the Saints and lived in Utah, in poverty, but was very active in the Church. See Lita Little Giddins' "Wonderful, Unfailing Friend" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.71.

         

  • Jenson, Andrew. 1850-1941. His parents converted to the Church in Denmark and then came to America. Jenson was ultimately named as Assistant Church Historian and he did extensive research into the Mountain Meadows massacre. He made many historical contributions including several books such as Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, The Historical Record (9 volumes, 1-4 in Danish and 5-9 in English), Church Chronology, History of the Scandinavian Mission, and other volumes in Danish. Also see his Autobiography of Andrew Jenson. Deseret News Press: 1938.
  • Jones, Dan. Jones was born in Wales in 1810. Joseph Smith prophesied that he would return to his native land and convert many. In later years, after the death of Joseph Smith, he went on two separate missions to wales and thousands were converted while he was there. He had three wives. He died in Salt Lake City in 1861. See The History of the Latter-day Saints by Captain Dan Jones. 
  • Jump, Gordon. 1932-2003. Jump was an actor made famous by his role in WKRP in Cincinnati. He was also the "Maytag Man" in commercials for Maytag. He appeared in TV shows like Bewitched, The Bionic Woman, Different Strokes, Get Smart, Here Come the Brides, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rockford Files, Seinfeld, Starsky and Hutch, and more. He also starred in the movie Sybil and in many Mormon Church productions. Click here and see photographs and hear a radio interview with Jump.
  • Kennedy, David Matthew. 1905-1996. He served as the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States and the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. With this experience he then became an international ambassador for the Church. See Martin Berkeley Hickman's David Matthew Kennedy: Banker, Statesman, Churchman
  • Kikuchi, Yoshihiko. He was born in 1941 in Japan and was the first Japanese general authority of the Church. He converted to the Church and served a mission in the Far East. In 1977 he became a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. He contributed to the book Christmas Treasures.  

        

  • Killebrew, Harmon. 1936-2011. Killebrew, known as "Killer" by his teammates, was born in Idaho. He played for the Minnesota Twins in the 1960 and broke their franchise record for home runs. In 1984 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.      
  • Kimball, Heber C. See the Mormon Hall of Fame.
  • Kimball, J. Golden. 1853-1938. Famous for his slightly-vulgar tongue, J. Golden is a favorite and colorful general authority. He was known for his candor and humor. He ultimately served in the First Council of the Seventy. As he traveled throughout the Church members looked forward to his expected colorful sermons. He became almost a celebrity among the Saints. He even wrote his own funeral sermon!  He once proclaimed: "If I had a million dollars, I'd be the most sought-after man in the Church. But I haven't got it—damn it." See Claude Richard's J. Golden Kimball. Deseret News Press: 1934. 
  • Kimball, Sarah M. See Blythe Darlyn Thatcher's "Sarah Has Got a Little the Advantage" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.103.
  • Kimball, Spencer W. See the Mormon Hall of Fame.
  • Kimball, Vilate. Wife of Heber C. Kimball. See Dorothy Peterson's All Things Right—A Biography of Vilate Murray Kimball.
  • King, Marilyn. One of the famous singing King Sisters. See Luise King Rey and Ora Pate Stewart's The Singing Kings. Deseret Book: 1969.
  • King, Maxine. One of the famous singing King Sisters. See Luise King Rey and Ora Pate Stewart's The Singing Kings. Deseret Book: 1969.
  • Knight, Gladys. Gladys was born in 1944 in Georgia. She bacame famous with "Gladys Knight and the Pips." She sang huge hits like You're the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me. She won Grammy Awards for Neither One of Us and for Midnight Train to Georgia. She was known as the "Empress of Soul" and was inducted, in 1996, into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. After joining the Mormon Church she has written about it, spoken about it, and won further music awards. She now has an LDS-oriented music choir, Saints Unified Voices. They won a Grammy Award for their cd One Voice. Gladys sang The Lord's Prayer at Michael Jackson's funeral and has appeared on many television shows, including Dancing with the Stars. She has become a favorite performer and speaker among Latter-day Saints. Her autobiography is called Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story

        

  • Larsen, Dean L. He was born in Hyrum, Utah, in 1927. He was bishop, regional representative, editor of Church magazines, secretary of the Church Indian Committee, member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, mission president, two-time temple president, and President of the First Quorum of Seventy. He also served in the U.S. Navy. He wrote the book Free to Act.   
  • Law, Vance. Vance played major league baseball just like his father did. He played for the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, as well as other teams. For about twelve years he was the Head Baseball Coach at BYU. His father was Vernon Law.
  • Law, Vernon. Vernon Sanders Law was born in Idaho. He was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates and won the Cy Young Award. He was often known among his peers by the nickname "Deacon." His son is Vance Law. 
  • Law, William. 1809-1892. Law was born in Ireland but was living in Canada when he first learned of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Law met Joseph and concluded that he was even more of a prophet than he had thought possible. He ultimately became Joseph's Second Counselor. But as time went by the Prophet learned that Law was not who he represented himself to be. Law helped conspire to have Joseph Smith killed. He would ultimately be excommunicated. Very unsuccesfully he would try his hand at his own version of the Church. For more on Law see the documentary Murder of the Mormon Prophet, produced by Nick Galieti. Also See William Law by Lyndon Cook.  
  • Law, Wilson. 1806-1876. He was a brother to William Law who he followed into the Church, and then out of the Church. He sympathized with his brother William when he was excommunicated and was also excommunicated. He played a role in the printing of the Nauvoo Expositor, with his brother, and others, which led to the city council and mayor deciding to destroy the press because it was a public nuissance.
  • Lay, Hark. Lay was born in 1825 in Massachusetts. He was a black slave who actually came to Utah with the very first wagon train. He joined the Church when he was in his early twenties. He helped build homes in the Salt Lake Valley but ultimately moved on to California. He gained his freedom and then returned to Utah, where he died.
  • Lee, George P. 1943-2010. Lee became the first native american to serve in the Quorum of the Seventy. Many were excited at the idea of the first Native American General Authority. But he apostatized from the Church and was excommunicated. Before that happened his book was released: Silent Courage.  
  • Lee, Mike. Lee is the son of Rex E. Lee and he was born in Arizona. He served in the Jon Huntsman administration in Utah, served with future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and challenged incumbent Senator Bob Bennett for his seat. Lee is generally considered to be a product of the Tea Party. Bennett was defeated and Lee easily beat his Democrat opponent.

         

  • Lee, Rex E. Lee was dean of the BYU Law School and ultimately served as BYU President. He served President Gerald R. Ford as an assistant attorney general. He also served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Justice Byron White and then served President Ronald Reagan as U.S. solicitor general. He wrote A Lawyer Looks at the Equal Rights Amendment, A Lawyer Looks at the Constitution, and What Do Mormons Believe?
  • Love, Mia. Ludmya "Mia" Bourdeau Love was born in New York in 1975. Her parents were from Haiti. She was Catholic before she converted to Mormonism. She was mayor of a small Utah town and ran for Congress in 2012. She lost to Jim Matheson. She was a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention, having been invited by Mitt Romney. She then won an election to the U.S. House of Representatives and became the first Republican black woman to be elected to that body. A new book on her story is called MIA Love: The Rise, Stumble, and Resurgence of the next GOP Star

         

  • Madsen, Truman G. 1926-2009. Madsen was a BYU scholar and author of many books including Eternal Man, The Highest In Us, Christ and the Inner Life, Four Essays on Love, and the biography on B. H. Roberts called Defender of the Faith.

  • Marriott, Alice Sheets. 1907-2000. Alice served as Vice President of Marriott Corporation, and helped her husband build that thriving business. She also served President Nixon and was the Vice-chairperson of the Republican National Committee and was three times the treaurer of the Republican National Convention in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Marriott, J. Willard. Born in 1900, John Willard Marriott is the founder of the Marriott Corporation. He owned the Marriott hotels, Roy Rogers restaurants and Big Boy restaurants, and theme parks. George Romney was a close personal friend so Mitt ended up with Marriott's middle name, hence, Willard Mitt Romney. See the book Marriott by O'Brien and The Spirit to Serve. 

        

  • Marriott, J. Willard Jr. Usually called Bill Marriott, he is the son of J. Willard Marriott Sr. Bill was chariman of Marriott International. He also served as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy.
  • Marriott, Richard. Son of J. Willard Marriott Sr., and brother to J. Willard Marriott Jr. He was the Chairman of the Board to Host Hotels and Resorts.
  • Marsh, Thomas B. 1799-1866. Thomas Baldwin Marsh was one of the original Twelve Apostles of the Church. He was a farmer from Massachusetts. He left eh Methodist Church and joined the Mormon Church after being able to examine the first several pages of the Book of Mormon and having met Joseph Smith, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowdery. He served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for almost five years, but was eventually excommunicated for apostasy. 
  • McGary, Ellen Pratt. She was born in 1832 in New York. While living in San Bernardino, California, she corresponded with Ellen Spencer Clawson. Their letters have been preserved and published in a book by S. George Ellsworth entitle Dear Ellen: Two Mormon Women and Their Letters
  • McCloud, Susan Evans. This Mormon author has written a host of LDS novels and a biography entitle Not in Vain. [The Inspiring story of Ellis Shipp, pioneer woman doctor].      
  • McKay, Jennette Eveline Evans. See Susan Arrington Madsen's "No Prophet Is Greater Than His Mother" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.220.
  • Mecham, Milton C. Served as president of the Minnesota, Minneapolis Mission from 1981 to 1984.
  • Merrill, Kieth. Merrill is a filmmaker who grew up in Utah, served a mission in Denmark, and attended BYU. He produced many movies including Mr. Krueger's Christmas starring Jimmy Stewart, Windwalker starring Trevor Howard, and the Mormon Church production of Legacy which was shown at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. He won an Academy Award for his movie The Great American Cowboy.

          

  • Meyer, Stephanie. Meyer was a BYU student who became the world-renowned author of the Twlight series, which were also turned into movies. She has stated that her favorite author is Orson Scott Card and her favorite book is the Book of Mormon. She probably sold more books than any other author, except J. K. Rowling, in the early 2000s. She is listed by Forbes as the 26th most powerful celebrity. She wrote Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, The Host, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

          

    • Miller, Johnny. 1947-  Miller is a famous golfer who has over 30 professional tournament wins, including the U.S. Open, the World Open, The Bob Hope Classic, and many others. See the book called I Call the Shots and BYU Pro-Am Golf.      
             
    • Molen, Gerald R. Molen was born in Montana in 1935. He is a filmmaker who co-produced Schindler's List with Steven Spielberg. In fact, Molen won an Academy Award for that film. He was one of the producers of the 2012 film 2016–Obama's America and the 2014 film America. He was also a producer or executive producer of Rain Man, Minority Report, Jurassic Park, Twister, The Legend of Johnny Lingo, and The Other Side of Heaven

            

    • Monson, Thomas S. Thomas Spencer Monson was born in 1927 in Salt Lake City. He is the current President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in World War Two in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He worked at the Deseret News and served as bishop, a missionary in Canada, mission president in Canada, and became an Apostle in 1963. He has served in the Boy Scouts of America and has won the Bronze Wolf and Silver Buffalo Awards. He served in the First Presidency under Gordon B. Hinckley. He is seen here with Elder Oaks and President Obama. He wrote Pathways to Perfection and Be Your Best Self

             

    • Morales, Luis Abanto. Famous Peruvian singer born in Peru in 1923. Watch him now. 
    • Morley, Isaac. 1786-1865. Morley converted from the Campbellite movement and became a long-time faithful member of the Church. He served in Ohio and Nauvoo, and later in Utah. From 1831 to 1840 he served as first counselor to the Bishop of the Church.  
    • Moyer, John. Born in New Jersey in 1969. He is a comedian and a filmmaker and an actor. He assisted in writing scripts for the following movies: Home Teachers, Mobsters and Mormons, The R.M., and The Singles Ward. 

            

    • Murdock, John. 1792-1871. John Murdock gave his twins to Joseph and Emma Smith when their twins passed away. John went on to become the Church's first mission president in Australia. His daughter Julia was raised by Emma Smith after the martyrdom. See S. Reed Murdock's John Murdock—His Life and His Legacy, and a very limited edition book called Murdock Brothers' Pioneer Trilogy

            

    • Murdock, Julia. 1831-1880. Julia was one of John Murdock's twins that he gave to Joseph and Emma to raise. She was basically raised by Emma Smith, who by all indications raised her as if she were her own child. See Joseph and Emma's Julia–The Other Twin. Eborn Books, 2004. 
    • Murphy, Dale. Murphy was a famous baseball player. He played for Atlanta Braves and other teams as well. He won many awards, including Most Valuable Player, the Gold Glove award and Silver Slugger award, both of the National League. Many consider it a shame that he has not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Murphy is the author of three books including his autobiography entitled Murph. 

            

    • Neibaur, Alexander. 1808-1883. Neibaur's family came to the United States from France. He was one of the earliest Jewish converts to the Church. He practiced dentistry in Nauvoo and was a personal friend of the Prophet Joseph. He actually helped Joseph Smith study the Hebrew and German languages. He helped defend Nauvoo when it was taken over by mobs and like so many others ultimately moved west. He died and was buried in Salt Lake City. 
    • Nelson, Russell M. Russell Marion Nelson was born in Salt Lake City in 1924. He distinguished himself in the medical world as a renouned heart surgeon. He won many national and international awards including several from the American Heart Association. He also served for that organization as Chairman of the Council on Cardiovasular Surgery. He was involved with the very first heart-lung machines. He also served as a medic in the Korean War. In the Church he was a stake president and a regional representative, and now serves in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He recently dedicated Kazakhstan for missionary work. He has written books such as The Gateway We Call Death, Hope in Our Hearts, The Power Within Us, and a much less known and more expensive autobiography entitled From Heart to Heart

            

    • Noble, Joseph Bates. 1810-1900. Noble was a body guard to the Prophet Joseph Smith. A unique book about this man is Keeper of the Prophet's Sword by Howard Carlos Smith.

            

    • Olsen, Merlin. Football star and actor. 1940-2010. Merlin Olsen was born in Logan, Utah, where he ultimately played football for Utah State University. He played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams for fourteen years. He was "All American" in 1960 and 1961. He has been inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After retiring from football he became a successful actor. He was in the series Little House on the Prairie and in a spin-off of that show called Father Murphy. He died in California in 2010.

            

    • Olson, Moroni. 1889-1955. Olson was born in Ogden, Utah. He was an actor who played in many movies from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s. He was in two different versions of The Three Musketeers (1935 and 1939) and in countless other movies. He was the voice of the Magic Mirror in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

            

    • Osmond, Alan. Alan was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1949. As the oldest singing brother he often appeared with the brothers on shows such as The Andy Williams Show. His son David, one of eight children, became the leader of the group called Osmonds 2nd Generation.
    • Osmond, Amy. The oldest daughter of Merrill Osmond. She was America Junior Miss for the year 1994.
    • Osmond, David. The son of Alan Osmond, he has often appeared with the Osmond Boys, or Osmond Second Generation as they are now called. He was on season eight of American Idol. He served a mission in Spain. Like his father Alan, he has Multiple Sclerosis. 
    • Osmond, Donny. Donny was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1957. He was a teen idol and had hit songs such as Puppy Love. He co-hosted The Donny and Marie Show with his sister. He was a little bit "rock n' roll" while his sister was a little bit "country." Their show was huge and attracted stars like Wolfman Jack, Andy Gibb, Paul Lynde, Olivia Newton John, and others. More recently he was on Dancing With the Stars. Donny did not serve a mission for the Church because it was decided he could do more good for the Church by being a teen idol and being an example to others. He wrote the book Donny Osmond - Life is Just What You Make It. My Story So Far

             

    • Osmond, George. 1917-2007. George was the father of nine children, many of who became musical stars. He was sometimes known as "Father Osmond." He founded what ultimately became one of the largest charities of its kind, The Children's Miracle Network.
    • Osmond, Jay. Born in 1955 in Ogden, Utah, he started his career on a television series, along with a little boy named Kurt Russell, called The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. He was a drummer for the Osmond Brothers.
    • Osmond, Jimmy. James Arthur Osmond was born in California in 1963. As the youngest Osmond brother, he was not part of the official Osmond Brothers group, but quite possibly is the most talented of them all. He has had hit singles, albums and soundtracks. He has won awards and even appears in the Guiness Book of World Records (we'll let you find out why on your own). He is a huge success in the business world as well, and has produced many television programs and concerts.
    • Osmond, Marie. Marie was born in 1959 in Ogden, Utah. She became a country singer and hosted a television show with her brother Donny called The Donny and Marie ShowShe also appeared in many TV shows and more recently was on Dancing With the Stars and on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also become a spokesperson for Nutrisystem

             

                

      • Osmond, Olive. 1925-2004. Olive was the mother of nine children, Virl, Tom, Alan, Merrill, Wayne, Jay, Donny, Marie, and Jimmy. She and her husband managed the children's careers and eventually set up the Osmond Foundation that eventually turned into the Children's Miracle Network.
      • Osmond, Tom. Tom was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1947. He was one of two older brothers who did not become part of the Osmond Brothers group because he was deaf. He and his brother were part of their parents inspiration for founding the Children's Miracle Network. Tom and his brother were the first deaf missionaries in the Church.
      • Osmond, Virl. George Virl Osmond was the oldest child of Olive and George Osmond. Like his brother, Tom, he was hearing impaired and was not part of the Osmond Brothers group. He did eventually learn some instruments and along with Tom played with the group in certain Christmas programs. He was one of the first deaf missionaries in the Church.
      • Osmond, Wayne. Wayne was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1955. He was one of the singers in the Osmond Brothers and he played multiple instruments and helped write songs. 

              

      • Paramore, James M. Paramore was born in Salt Lake City in 1928. He was executive secretary to the Quorum of the Twelve and a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. 
      • Park, Greg. Born in Provo, Utah, in 1967, he is the author of several books in the Earthsoul Prophecis series. He is an "up and coming" author in the fantasy/sci-fi world. 
        • Parker, Ed. Parker was a martial arts sensation who also worked in movies. He was a friend and bodyguard of Elvis Pressley. He once took Elvis with him to pick up his daughter from early morning seminary, and Elvis seemed impressed that young teens would get up early to get religious training. Elvis earned a black belt in Kemp from Parker. Parker also helped Bruce Lee become famous. See Parker's book Inside Elvis. 

                

        • Parker, Maria Jackson Normington. See Ann Whiting Orton's "Sweep the Corners" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.93.
        • Partridge, Edward. 1793-1840. Partridge joined the Church in 1830 and immediately began to suffer persecution. He was once jailed, he was expelled from Missouri, and at one point he was tarred and feathered by a mob. He became the Church's first Presiding Bishop.
        • Partridge, Edward, Jr. 1833-1900. Partridge was born in Independence, Missouri. He was the son of the first Presiding Bishop, Edward Partridge. His father died in Nauvoo when he was young. He went on to Utah and served in the Territorial Legislature. There is a book about Partridge by Hartt Wixom entitled Edward Partridge.                 
        • Patten, David W. "Captain Fear Not." 1799-1838. Patten joined the Church and served missions in Michigan and the southern States. He became one of the original Twelve Apostles. He told of an account of having met Cain, son of Adam. His account alleges that Cain is still a vagabond in the earth. Patten was know for his valor before anti-Mormon mobs. He earned the nickname of "Captain Fear Not" due to his bravery. He died at the Battle of Crooked River, an event set in motion because of Governor Boggs' "Extermination Order," (officiallly "Missouri Executive Order #44), and he became "the first apostolic martyr" in the Church. See the biography by Lycurgus Wilson, David W. Patten, the First Apostolic Martyr.  Patten is somewhat famous for telling a Bigfoot-like account of having met Cain, who he claimed is still alive. [for the most recent Bigfoot film in Utah click here.]
        • Pay, Mary Goble. See Carol L. Clark's "We Were a Happy Band" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.192. 
        • Penrose, Romania Pratt. See Marie Mackey's "Up the Rugged Hill of Knowledge" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.203.
        • Perry, L. Tom. 1922-2015. Elder Perry was born in Logan, Utah. He served President Gerald R. Ford on the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration Advisory Board. He went on a mission for the Church in 1942, then served 2 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He became an Apostle in 1974. He wrote the books Living With Enthusiasm and Righteous Influence.  Perry passed away in 2015. Here's a link to the Church article announcing his funeral

                

        • Peterson, Daniel C. A professor at BYU who was one of the main members of F.A.R.M.S. (Foundation of Ancient Research and Mormon Studies). He is currently the President of The Interpreter Foundation (some might call it the new FARMS). The first book published by this new organization was Jeffrey Bradshaw and David Larsen's In God's Image and Likeness–Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel, which was co-published with Eborn Books. Peterson teaches Arabic and Islamic Studies and heads BYU's Middle Eastern Text Initiative. He has authored several books including The Last Days (2 volumes), Muhammed–Prophet of God, The Book of Mormon and DNA Research, Abraham Divided, Offenders for a Word, and others. He has also co-authored many other books. He once described Rush Utah (author of The Defender) as "indefatigable."

                 

        • Peterson, Mark E. 1900-1984. Peterson was born in Salt Lake City in 1900. He went on a mission to Nova Scotia. He became a well-know newspaper executive. He was a reporter for the Deseret News and ultimtely became its general manager. He was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1944. He wrote many books including a series on prophets in the Old Testament, i.e. Moses–Man of Miracles, Abraham–Friend of God, Joshua–Man of Faith, and Adam–Who Is He?
        • Pinnock, Hugh. 1934-2000. Pinnock was in the presidency of the Quorum of the Seventy. He worked with Mark Hofmann on loans for rare documents, before it was learned that Hofmann was a murderer and a forger.
        • Poelman, Ronald E. Poelman was born in Salt Lake City in 1928. He was the vice-president of Consolidated Freightways Ince. when he was called to be a general authority. He served in the Quorum of the Seventy when he passed away in 2011.
        • Priest, Ivy Baker. For eight years she served in the Eisenhower administration as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. She would not be the first LDS woman to hold that office. Later, under Ronald Reagan Pat Buchanan would hold the same job.
        • Prince Ata. The Prince is the second son of King Tupau IV of Tonga. He was baptized in 2015. His father, the King, had already once pressured him to postpone the event. But reports are that it finally took place in February of 2015, in Hawaii. You can read the story here.     

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          • Rector, Hartman Jr. He was born in Missouri in 1924. Rector and his wife joined the Church while he served as a navy pilot–something he did for 26 years. He was a mission president in the Alabama-Florida Mission and later in the San Diego Mission. He had a sharp and even humorous tone at times. For example, he once joked that "I think the Lord loves all his children. He says he's no respector of children. I think he loves Baptists and Methodists and Catholics.... I know he loves Catholics, we baptize thirty-five thousand of them every year! He must love them! In fact, he even loves Jehovah's Witnesses–it's hard, but he does it. He loves all his children, and he wants to bless them." He wrote the four volume set entitled No More Strangers.  
          • Rees, Staley D. Served as temple president at the Swiss temple in Bern. 
          • Reeve, Rex C. Reeve was born in 1914 in Utah. He was a businessman who became an executive of the Meadow Gold Dairies. In 1978 he became a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. 
          • Reid, Harry. Senator Reid, Senate majority leader, in the Democrat Party. He and his wife converted to Mormonism when he attended Utah State University. He is seen here with President Obama.

                  

          • Reid, Mike. 1954-  Reid was a BYU golfer turned pro. He had 9 professional wins. 
          • Rey, Loise King. One of the famous singing King Sisters. See Luise King Rey and Ora Pate Stewart's The Singing Kings. Deseret Book: 1969.
          • Richards, Franklin D. 1821-1899. Sr. Franklin Dewey Richards was born in 1821 in Massachusetts. He went on a mission to England, directed the Perpetual Emigration Fund, was Church Historian, edited the Millennial Star, and was President of the Quorum of the Twelve.
          • Richards, Franklin D. 1900-1987. Richards was born in Ogden, Utah, and was named Franklin Dewey Richards, after his grandfather, who was President of the Quorum of the Twelve. Richards served as president of the Washington D. C. temple, in the Quorum of the Seventy, as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve, and was the principal author of the missionary discussions of the period. He once served as National Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Housing Administration. He wrote The Challenge and the Harvest.  
          • Richards, LeGrand. Richards was born in Farmington, Utah, in 1886. LeGrand was an Apostle in the Quorum of the the Twelve starting in 1952, after being Presiding Bishop, serving two missions, twice a Mission President, a high councilman and a stake president. He wrote the book A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, one of the best-selling Mormon books of all time, and he took no royalties from the book. He was a beloved speaker and often noted for his great sense of humor. He also wrote Just to Illustrate and Israel Do You Know?   

                  

          • Richards, Richard. By appointment from President Ronald Reagan Richards became the chair of the Republican National Committee in 1981. He was a lobbyist and businessman with a Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award from Weber State University. He wrote the book Climbing the Political Ladder One Run at a Time
          • Richards, Willard. 1804-1854. Willard was a cousin of Brigham Young. He became a secretary to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was in the Carthag jail with Joseph and Hyrum, and John Taylor. The Smiths were killed, Taylor was shot and wounded, and Richards was untouched by the violence. He later became a Counselor in the First Presidency to Brigham Young. See Claire Noall's book Intimate Disciple.   
          • Ricks, Stephen D. Former President of the FARMS (Foundation of Ancient Research and Mormon Studies). He has authored or co-authored countless Mormon books and articles. One of his recent masterpieces is the book Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord? which was co-authored with LeGrand L. Baker. Ricks is currently on the Board of Directors of The Interpreter Foundation.
          • Riddle, Chauncey C. Riddle graduated from BYU and received his MA and PhD degrees in philosophy from Columbia University in New York. He taught at BYU for 40 years, serving as Professor of Philosophy, Chairman of the Department Graduate Studies in Religious Instruction and also served as Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Academic Vice-President. He wrote the book Think Independently.    
          • Rigdon, Sidney. 1793-1876. Rigdon was a famous preacher in the Campbellite movement who converted to Mormonism and influenced many others to do the same. He became a major figure in early Mormonism. He became a Counselor to Joseph Smith and was the choice for Vice-President on Joseph's run for U.S. President. Joseph eventually had no confidence in Rigdon. When Joseph and Hyrum were murdered, Rigdon claimed to be Joseph's successor. He was rejected and ultimately excommunicated. He set up his own church, two times, but they ultimately fell apart. For two biographies on Rigdon see The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness and Sidney Rigdon, A Portrait of Religious Excess.       

                 

          • Rockwell, Orrin Porter. 1813-1878. Rockwell was a body-guard to Joseph Smith. Joseph told him never to cut his hair and he would be protected from his enemies. Rockwell was known for his long hair and his rugged manner. He came west with the pioneers and was a favorite among the Latter-day Saints. He was a U.S. Marshall and was famous for his tracking skills. The anti-Mormons made him a legendary "Danite" and murderer. Before Joseph Smith was murdered Rockwell was accused by some of the attempt on Missouri Governor Boggs's life. There really was no reason to believe he had anything to do with it. Rockwell was literally a legend in his own time, much like Wyatt Earp. He died in the Utah Territory and history has it that the number of people who filed past his casket was the largest funeral ever held in Salt Lake City up to that time. There are great biographies on Rockwell: Harold Schindler wrote Orrin Porter Rockwell, Man of God, Son of Thunder. John Rockwell and Jerry Borrowman gave us Stories From the Life of Porter Rockwell. Richard Lloyd Dewey gives us The Porter Rockwell Chronicles.   

                    

          • Rogers, Aurelia Spencer. See Mihaelene P. Grassli and Dwan J. Young's "All That Is Wanting is Faith Sufficient" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.181.
          • Romney, Ernest Lowell "Dick." 1895-1969. E. L. Dick Romney was inductred into the College Football Hall of Fame. He also played basketball. He also coached for Utah State University. To order a unique book on Romney click on this title: The Dick Romney Story.   
          • Romney, George. George W. Romney was born in the Mormon colonies in Mexico in 1907. He was a businessman, governor of the State of Michigan, and Republican candidate for President of the United States. He is the father of Mitt Romney, who also ran for President. George Romney was also the president of General Motors. Clark R. Mollenhoff wrote the book George Romney, Mormon in Politics and Tom Mahoney wrote The Story of George Romney.   

              

          • Romney, Marion G. 1897-1988. Marion George Romney was born in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. For many years he was a Salt Lake City attorney and once served in the Utah legislature. He served a mission in Australia. He became Counselor in the First Presidency with N. Eldon Tanner, when Spencer W. Kimball was President of the Church. He wrote Look to God and Live
          • Romney, Miles Park. 1843-1904. Miles Romney was sent to Arizona by Brigham Young to help settle the city of St. Johns. He was a polygamist with three wives. He later moved his family to Mexico and he died in Colonia Dublan, Mexico.    
          • Romney, Mitt. Renowned businessman, son of George Romney, who twice ran for President of the United States on the Republican ticket. He oversaw the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and was the Governor of Massachusetts. He refused to be paid for either of those positions. His wife Ann converted to Mormonism while he was on his mission in France. Books on or about Mitt Romney: A Different God?, Turnaround, No Apology, A Mormon in the White House?   

                  

                  

          • Rosenbaum, Morris D. 1831-1885. Rosenbaum was one of the first Jewish converts to the Mormon Church. He became a very well-known businessman in early Salt Lake City. The great irony of his life was that he was once imprisoned in Germany for preaching the gospel, and all this long before the Nazis and the Holocaust. 
          • Samake, Yeah. This Mali native joined the Church and graduated from BYU, then returned to Mali. He became a Mayor and ran for President of of that West African nation. In a country that is mainly Muslim, he has been referred to as "Mali Mormon."

                  

          • Sanderson, Brandon. He was born in 1975. He teaches creative writing at BYU, and is most famous for his finishing of the Wheel of Time series for deceased sci-fi author, Robert Jordan. But he is also known for other works such as the Mistborn series. He finished Jordan's The Gathering Storm.   
          • Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe) 1832-1909. Savage joined the Mormon Church in England, where he was born, and served a mission in Switzerland. He later worked for the Union Pacific Railroad taking photographs in California and the West. Some of his photographs were printed in Harper's Weekly. His photography has become very collectible.  Eborn Books currently has a unique item (book) that was owned and signed by Savage and his wife. See it here.             

                    

          • Schroder, Ricky. Schroder is a well-known actor first made famous by his role in the movie, The Champ, with Jon Voight. He's been in forty movies and in several television shows such as NYPD Blue and 24. After marrying a Mormon girl he ultimately joined the Church. See him interviewed as a child star and then read about his conversion to Mormonism.  

                    

          • Schwendiman, Stephen G. Schwendiman served as an Assistant Utah Attorney General for 35 years. He served a mission in Southern Germany and has helped to translate Mormon books into German. He is the author of a massive 4-volume work (each over 800 pages!) which documents the 79 individuals in 16 families that converted in the town of Mendon, New York, not far from Joseph Smith's Palmyra. Families like the Youngs, Kimballs, Barlows, and others, all came from Mendon. The set is entitled The Mendon Saints, Their Lives & Legacy. The books were honored by the Mormon History Association in 2012 with the "Best Family & Community History Award."   
          • Scott, Richard G. Elder Scott is currently a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He was born in Idaho in 1928. He was a Nuclear Energy Specialist and helped Admiral Rickover develop nuclear submarines. He was He served a mission in Uruguay. Later he was a mission president in Argentina. He was called by President Kimball to become a general authority and later by President Benson to become an Apostle. He wrote Finding Peace, Happiness and Joy.     

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          • Scowcroft, Brent. He was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1925. He became a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Air Force. He went on to serve Presidents Nixon, Ford, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush as a Foreign Intelligence Advisor or as National Security Advisor. 

                     

            • Sessions, Patty Bartlett. Mormon Midwife. One of the first Mormon women to cross the plains to Utah. She founded a school for children in Bountiful, the Sessions Academy, and tere is a monument in her honor in the cemetary there. She died in 1892. See Susan Easton Black's "My Heart Is in God" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.34. Also see Donna Toland Smart's Mormon Midwife. The 1886-1888 Diaries of Patty Bartlett Sessions. Utah State University Press: Logan, Ut., 1997. 457p.   
            • Shipp, Ellis Reynolds. 1847-1939. Shipp was one of the earliest female doctors in the Western United States and in Utah. She also served on the General Board of the Relief Society. Susan Evans McCloud wrote her biography entitled Not in Vain. Also see While Others Slept [Autobiography and Journal of Ellis Reynolds Shipp]. Shipp wrote the book Life Lines.      
            • Simpson, Robert L. 1915-2003. He was a missionary in New Zealand and then went there later as the Mission President. He was a member of the First Quorum of Seventy and president of the Los Angeles temple. He was also the President of the Sunday School. He also served again as a mission president, in England. He wrote a book called Proven Paths. Deseret Book: 1974.
            • Skousen, Royal J. Skousen is the editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project. He is a professor at BYU and has published and lectured extensively. Regarding the Book of Mormon he has contributed to the Printer's Manuscript, the Original Manuscript, Textual Variants, etc...
            • Skousen, W. Cleon. 1913-2006. Skousen was Salt Lake City police chief, an FBI agent, and a prolific author. His books The First 2000 Years, The Third Thousand Years and The Fourth Thousand Years have become classic Mormon commentaries on the Old Testament. He wrote another book entitled The Five Thousand Year Leap that became more popular after his death than before. In fact, after Glenn Beck recommended it, it soared in sales. He also wrote many other books such as So You Want to Raise a Boy? and Prophecy and Modern Times. After his death his final work was published: The Cleansing of America.  

                     

            • Smith, Alvin. 1798-1823. Alvin was Joseph Smith Jr's oldest brother. He did at age 25 from complications due to a doctor-administered medicine to fight abdominal pain. Alvin was seen in a vision by Joseph regarding redemption of the dead.  
            • Smith, Bathsheba Bigler. 
            • Smith, Bathsheba W. See Heidi Swinton's "I Gently Closed the Door" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.128.
            • Smith, Don Carlos. 1816-1841. Don Carlos was the Prophet Joseph Smith's youngest brother. He was editor of the Times and Seasons. At an early age he died of malaria. His daughter, Ina Coolbrith, became a famous California poet. 
            • Smith, Eldred G. 1907-2013. Smith was the last to hold the office of Patriarch to the Church, or Presiding Patriarch. The Church discontinued the office in 1979 due to the much easier availability of patriarchs throughout the Church. Smith was officially of emeritus status but still maintained an office at the Church Office Building. He is one of the few general authorities to live to be over 100 years old. He wrote an article in the October 1969 issue of the Millennial Star
            • Smith, Eliza R. Snow. See The Mormon Hall of Fame. 
            • Smith, Emma Hale. See The Mormon Hall of Fame.
            • Smith, George A. 1807-1875. He was the son of John and Clarissa Smith, and cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was called as an Apostle and ultimately served Brigham Young in the First Presidency. He was overweight, somewhat boisterous, and wore a wig. He practiced polygamy and had about 20 children.
            • Smith, Hyrum G. 1879-1932. Hyrum Gibbs Smith was the sixth Patriarch to the Church. He served in this role after the death of his grandfather, John Smith.
            • Smith, Jerusha. 1805-1837. Born Jerusha Barden, she converted to the Church and married Joseph Smith's brother Hyrum. She was beloved by all who knew her and her unexpected young death, in Ohio, came as a shock to all who knew her. Hyrum was away in Missouri at the time. She was the mother of six, including Hyrum Smith Jr., and John Smith.

                     

            • Smith, John. 1781-1854. John was Joseph Smith Jr's uncle; brother to Joseph Smith Sr. He not only believed Joseph Smith's story of the restoration but became a very devoted follower for the rest of his life. He moved west with the Saints. When Brigham Young would leave the Salt Lake Valley he would place John in charge. He served on the first high council in Kirtland, served as a stake president, and as Patriarch. He was the great-grandfather of Mormon Church President George Albert Smith. In many ways his history is the history of the Church itself, as he was with it all the way. There is a forth-coming biography on "Uncle John Smith" by Jeremy C. Schwendiman.       
            • Smith, John. 1832-1911. John Smith was a nephew of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He went on a mission to Scandinavia. He ultimately became the fifth Patriarch to the Church. He was born in Kirtland, Ohio, the son of Hyrum and Jerusha Smith. 
            • Smith, John Lyman.  1823-1893. His family converted to the Church in 1832 and John was baptized in 1836. He was the son of "Uncle John Smith" and cousin to the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. He was a member of the Nauvoo Legion. In Utah, in 1851, he helped settle the Parawan area. He later served a mission in Germany and ultimately headed the Italian and Swiss Mission.   
              • Smith, Mary Fielding. 1801-1852. Mary Fielding was Hyrum Smith's second wife. She was the mother of Joseph F. Smith, the sixth President of the Mormon Church. She was born in England and then emigrated to Canada. After Hyrum was murdered she was expelled from Nauvoo, went to Salt Lake City, and became one of Heber C. Kimball's plural wives. See Beppie Harrison's "The Lord Will Support Us" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.46. See Mary, Heroine, Martyr by Ivan J. Barrett.  
              • Smith, Samuel Harrison. 1808-1844. One of Joseph Smith Jr's younger brothers. He was one of the Church's first missionaries. He is believed to be the third Latter-day Saint, being baptized immediately after his brother Joseph and Oliver Cowdery. He was one of the original six members of the Church when it was organized in Fayette, New York. He was also one of the 8 witnesses to the Book of Mormon. He became a member of the very first high council in the Church in 1834. He was married to Mary Bailey. He traveled to nearby Mendon, New York, and contributed to the miraculous missionary experience that occurred there. [See the exhaustive story of Mendon in four massive volumes, The Mendon Saints, by Stephen G. Schwendiman.] While being sought after by a mob, and while trying to save his brothers Joseph and Hyrum in Carthage, he became ill, and died shortly after the martyrdom of his brothers. There is a small biography on Samuel in Ben Bridgestock's book The Joseph Smith Family.  
              • Smith, William B. 1811-1893. William was a younger brother to the Prophet Joseph Smith. He became one of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. William had a "Laman and Lemuel" side to him. He was often abusive of his brother Joseph, but Joseph forgave him easily. Few Latter-day Saints know that on one occassion William beat Joseph severely. After Joseph's death William was promptly excommunicated. A small biography on William can be found in Ben Bridgestocks' The Joseph Smith Family.  
              • Smoot, Caroline R. See Barbara B. Smith's "She Did What She Could" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.151. 
              • Smoot, Reed Owen. 1862-1941. Apostle and Politician. See Milton R. Merrill's Reed Smoot, Apostle in Politics. He was elected to the U.S. Senate and was first denied his seat due to the issue of polygamy. He eventually won and served for about thirty years. The famous "Smoot hearings" are based on this controversy. These Senate hearings started in 1904 and even President Joseph F. Smith testified before Congress. Smoot had previously been the mayor of Salt Lake City and was made an Apostle in the Church just a few years before being elected to the Senate.
              • Snow, Erastus. 1818-1888. He was an early Apostle and headed the Scandinavian Mission of the Church. He entered the Salt Lake valley with Orson Pratt, the first to arrive there. He wrote the booklet One Year in Scandinavia.  
              • Spafford, Belle S. Spafford was president of the Relief Society. She was also president of the National Council of Women in 1968 and that organization declared October 23, 1980 as Belle S. Spafford Day. The council also announced the formation of the Belle S. Spafford Archival Fellowship at New York University. She wrote Women in Today's World
              • Spencer, Orson. 1802-1855. Spencer was a Baptist minister in New England who converted to the Church and then wrote many doctrinal articles and pamphlets. His book was entitled Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or sometimes just Spencer's Letters. In England he was editor of the Millennial Star and later in Utah he was editor of the Deseret News. Allegedly he died of malaria after serving a mission among the Native Americans.
              • Staynor, Emma Turner. See Emma Lou Thayne's "Wherever You Are, Emma Turner" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.175.
              • Stone, O. Leslie. Oscar Leslie Stone was born in Idaho in 1903. He was a bishop, stake president, regional representative, Salt Lake Temple President, member of the Quorum of Seventy, and Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve. He died in 1986.
              • Stringham, Briant. 1823-1871. An original pioneer who entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. He was a polygamist who lived in Salt Lake City but also had a home on Antelope Island, where he worked for many years. See the book Briant Stringham and His People.   
              • Stirling, Lindsey. 1986-   World renowned musician, dancer, composer and violinist. She was on America's Got Talent and has sold over a million albums in the United States and Canada. She attended BYU and has sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

                       

              • Swett, Katrina. She was born in 1955. She ran as a Democrat for Congress in 2002, but lost. Her family was Jewish when she converted to the Church.
              • Tanner, N. Eldon. 1898-1982. Elder Tanner served in the First Presidency under Spencer W. Kimall. Tanner was from Canada where he served as speaker of the Alberta legislature and Minister of Lands and Mines in the provincial cabinet. He was once president of the Trans-Canada pipe line and the Canadian Gas Association. He gained U.S. citizenship in the late 1960s. He became an Apostle in 1962 and was a counselor in the First Presidency under Davis O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, and Spencer W. Kimball. Tanner wrote the book Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and he contributed to the books Prayer and Woman. Also see the biography N. Eldon Tanner, His Life and Service and the book A Giant in Our City.   

                      

              • Taylor, Henry D. 1903-1987. Taylor was a mission president and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. He was also named as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve. He is most famous for his managing of the Church Welfare Program for about thirteen years. He wrote The Welfare Plan.  A very rare book is Talks and Articles By and About Henry D. Taylor 1947-1983.     
              • Taylor, John. See The Mormon Hall of Fame.
              • Taylor, John W. 1858-1916. John Whitaker Taylor was the son of Church President John Taylor. He was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the father of Samuel W. Taylor. He opposed the abandonment of the practice of plural marriage and was then excommunicated. There is a biography on Taylor, by his son, called Family Kingdom.
              • Taylor, Samuel W. 1907-1997. Taylor was the son of John W. Taylor. He wrote many books including Nightfall at Nauvoo and the two volume set The John Taylor Papers. He also write short stories and novels which ultimately influenced several films. Taylor wrote many articles in Mormon-related magazines as well. He is not to be confused with Samuel A. Taylor, who was also a writer, but not Mormon.
              • Thomas, Dian. Thomas is the famous author of the best-selling book Roughing it Easy. She was on NBC's The Today Show for 8 years, and then on ABC's Home Show for 6 years. She appeared on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. She was a consultant for Kraft Foods, Proctor and Gamble, and others. She has written many books and is considered to be one of the foremost experts on public relations. Visit her website.    

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              • Thompson, Roger M. Professor at the University of Florida and author of the book The Mormon Church. SPECIAL SALE ON THIS BOOK! Click HERE to buy a copy for only 1 cent and 3.99 shipping! (Only while supplies last! Compliments of one of our good sponsors, Eborn Books).

              • Treu, Blair. Director of the 2014 film entitle Meet the Mormons. He also produced the film a bout LDS missionaries called Called to Serve. In addition he directed such films as Wish Upon a Star and Little Secrets.  
              • Tueller, Matthew. U.S. Ambassador to Yemen. An article on Meridian Magazine stated that his job may have become the most dangerous in the world. Read the article here
              • Turley, Richard Sr. Turley was born in 1930. He was a mission president and served in the Quorum of the Seventy. He was a Nuclear Scientist.
              • Turley, Richard Jr. Turley was born in 1956 in Texas. He is currently the Assistant Church Historian, and a co-author of a book on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. 
              • Tuttle, A. Theodore. 1919-1986. Tuttle was born in Manti, Utah. He went on a mission and went to BYU. He served in World War Two as a marine. He was president of the Provo temple and served in the First Quorum of the Seventy.  
              • Uchtdorf, Dieter F. President Uchtdorf is currently the second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church. He was born in Czechoslovakia in 1940. His family joined the Church in Germany where he later served in the Air Force as a pilot. Later he became a major executive for Lufthansa Airlines. He wrote the book The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

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              • Udall, David King. 1851-1938. Udall traveled to Utah with the pioneers. Later he moved to Arizona where he served as a bishop and in the territorial legislature there. He was a polygamist and was arrested but never convicted.
              • Udall, Mo. 1922-1998. Morris K. "Mo" Udall was a Democrat member of the U.S. Congress, from Arizona. Due to his well-known sense of humor his autobiography ended up being called Too Funny to be President. And indeed, he ran for President of the United States on the Democrat ticket. It is believed that in that campaign the Jimmy Carter campaign pushed the idea that Udall was a racist for being a Latter-day Saint.

                       

              • Udall, Thomas Stewart. He was born in Arizona in 1948 and currently serves as a Democrat U.S. Senator from New Mexico. His great-grandfather was David King Udall.
              • Utah, Rush. Rush Utah is the author of a newsletter that defends Mormonism against anti-Mormon claims. The first issue was called Rush Utah's Newsletter, but that quickly became the subtitle to The Defender. Some have speculated that he might be John Tvedtnes or Daniel C. Peterson. An anti-Mormon publication claims they positively identified him as Bret Brooks. But clearly the name Rush Utah is a pseudonym, believed to be several scholars who banded together to bluntly and sarcastically respond to anti-Mormons. Rush responded to an article by Carol Lynn Pearson in a booklet entitled Could Feminism Have Destroyed the Nephites? He also authored The Sunstone Joke Book. Daniel C. Petersen called Rush Utah "indefatigable" while anti-Mormons called him other names. 
              • Vidmar, Peter. He has been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In the 1984 Olympic Summer Games, in Los Angeles, he won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal.

                      

              • Vranes, Danny. University of Utah basketball star. He was born in 1958 and is of Croatian descent. He played basketball for the University of Utah and went on to play professionally for the Seattle Supersonics and the Philadelphia 76ers.
              • Walker, Paul. An actor who first starred in a few television shows, such as Touched by an Angel, filmed in Salt Lake City. He became more famous as a star in Fast and Furious. He was Mormon, but not active. Very unfortunately he was in a fatal car crash in 2013.

                       

              • Walker, Robert Sr. 1918-1951. Robert Hudson Walker was born in Salt Lake City. He was an actor who starred in many movies including The Clock, with Judy Garland. He was also in an Alfred Hitchcock movie called Strangers on a Train. His son was also an actor.

                       

              • Walker, Robert Jr. Walker was born in New York in 1940. As an actor he played roles in television shows like L.A. Law, Bonanza, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, and he played Charlie X on Star Trek. For a short video click here.  He was also in movies such as Easy Rider and The War Wagon.

                       

              • Wells, Emmeline B. Born in 1828, she became an advocate for women's rights. She served as the fifth President of the Relief Society. She represented the women of the Church in many national conventions, and edited The Woman's Exponent. On the back of Carol Cornwall Madsen's book, An Advocate for Women, it states: "Mormonism opened the way for this young girl from New England to become an influencial actor on the world stage, a champion of her religion, and a devoted advocate for the rights of women." See Elaine Jack's "Believing in the Light After Darkness" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.164. Wells wrote the book Musings and Memories.  

                       

              • Wells, Robert E. Elder Wells was born in Las Vegas, in 1927. He became a businessman and a mission president in South America. He later became a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. He is the father of Sharlene Wells Hawkes, who became Miss America. He wrote these books: We Are Christians Because, The Mount and the Master, and Hasten My Work
              • Wells, Sharlene. Daughter of Mormon general authority, Robert E. Wells. She became Miss America in 1985. It seems that after the 1984 debacle with Vanessa Williams they wanted a more clean-looking image the next year! She worked for ESPN as a sports reporter. She married and became Sharlene Wells Hawkes. See these books: Living in But Not of the World, Kissing a Frog, and Sharlene Wells Miss America.  

                      

              • Whitmer, David. 1805-1888. One of the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon. He was also one of the 6 original members of the Church when it was founded in Fayette, New York, in 1830. After a falling-out Whitmer was excommunicated and started his own Church of Christ, or the Whitmerites. In several interviews he never denied what he saw regarding the golden plates of the Book of Mormon. Whitmer wrote two interesting pamphlets: An Address to All Believers in Christ and An Address to All Believers in the Book of Mormon. Also see David Whitmer Interviews.   

                      

              • Whitney, Helen Mar. Born Helen Mar Kimball, in 1828, she was a plural wife of Joseph Smith Jr., and the mother of Apostle Orson F. Whitney.
              • Wight, Lyman. 1896-1858. Wight was a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. When Joseph Smith was murdered he led a break-away group to Texas, where they practiced polygamy. He later joined up with the RLDS Church. See the book by Melvin C. Johnson, Polygamy on the Pedernales
              • Wright, Doug. In Utah he is a KSL Radio peronality. He is well-known for sharing his views of politics, religion, and just about everything else, on his morning radio show. He also conducts a weekly show reviewing movies. Check out his show right here.   

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                • Widtose, Leah D. 1874-1965. Leah Eudora Dunford Widtsoe was a founding member of the Salt Lake League of Women Voters. She was the grand-daughter of Brigham Young and the wife of Mormon Apostle John A. Widtsoe. She co-authored books and wrote many articles for Church periodicals.
                • Winder, Ned. 1922-2005. Former Mission President and Temple worker. See the book by Bret Bassett and Michael Winder, Ned Winder. The Antics and Adventures of a Utah Legend.

                        

                • Wirthlin, Joseph B. 1917-2008. Joseph Bitner Wirthlin was in the Quorum of the Seventy, an Assisant to the Twelve, and in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
                • Wirthlin, Joseph L. 1893-1963. Elder Wirthlin became the Presiding Bishop in 1952. He had previously served as both First Counselor and Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.
                • Wirthlin, Richard B. 1931-2011. Withlin was a political pollster and served as President Ronald Reagan's chief strategist for around twenty years. He also served as a general authority in the Church, in the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
                • Woodger, Mary Jane. Born in 1958. Woodger is a history and Church doctrine professor at BYU. She has written many articles and books on President David O. McKay.
                • Wolverton, Dave. 1957- Author. Uses the pseudonym Dave Farland on his science fiction titles. He won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest in 1987, and has been nominated for both Nebula and Hugo Awards. See Farland, David.
                • Yost, Paul A. Jr. Admiral Yost was born in Florida in 1929. He served in both Korea and Vietnam and rose to the top, becoming the Commandant of the Coast Guard in the late 1980s. 

                        

                  • Young, Mary Ann. 1803-1882. One of Brigham Young's wife. She is the mother of Brigham Young Jr., Joseph A. Young, and others. He maiden name was Angell and she was the sister of Truman Angell, designer of the Salt Lake City temple.
                  • Young, Steve. Famous BYU football star and descendant of Brigham Young.

                                  

                  • Young, Zina D. H. See Shirley W. Thomas' "This Is the Truth, Truth, Truth!" in Heroines of the Restoration, Barbara B. Smith and Blyth Darlyn Thatcher. Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, Ut., 1997. p.115.