It is time, once again, to select the Mormon of the Year!
2014 marks our seventh year of designating the Mormon who made the most significant impact during the past year. For those who don’t remember, T&S selected the following as Mormons of the Year in the past:
As in the past, the choice does not mean that the person is a good Mormon or even a good person. This designation is solely about the impact the person has had.
The rules are basically the same as in the past (suggestions about changes to the rules are welcome – we try to improve the rules each year):
- Nominees must be Mormon somehow — nominees must have been baptized and must claim to be Mormon.
- Nominees must have been living at some point during the year.
- The LDS Church First Presidency (including the Prophet) and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are not eligible (because they would win every year, making the selection pointless).
- Nominees must have had enough of an impact to have made the news during the year.
- Collective nominees (i.e., all those who did x) are welcome.
Please do not try to vote YET!! We’re just calling for nominations at this point. Voting will begin January 1st.
- Nominations must be seconded!
- Use your real name, rather than an online nickname or pseudonym. We hope this will ensure that nominations are serious, and not in jest as some have been in the past.
- Please provide a link to somewhere (such as wikipedia, news stories, etc.) where we can get further information on them and what they did this year). AND, please give us some rationale for why you think this person should be Mormon of the Year.
- Nominations can be made in the comments to this post until New Year’s Eve.
Please consider submitting a short profile of the person you nominate. I will try to post profiles of the major nominees if I can find the time. But I am not likely to be able to write a profile on everyone, and I could use help. We hope that these profiles will provide additional information on the nominees.
Starting January 1st, visitors to Times & Seasons will be able to indicate their preference in an online poll. However, the final selection of Mormon of the Year will be made by the permanent bloggers here on Times and Seasons.
There is no prize or award associated with this selection, nor will we make any formal presentation or even notification to the person or persons selected.
I look forward to seeing the nominees and selection this year. An election year in the U.S. always leads to new faces in the news, and thus Mormons who have had a great impact or influence on Mormons and Mormonism during
Here are my own nominations:
- Kate Kelly — The founder of the Ordain Women group, Kelly was excommunicated in June, attracting international attention to Ordain Women’s efforts.
- Authors of the LDS Topics Essays — The anonymous authors of these significant essays gained significant notoriety this year as the recent essay on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy was the subject of an article in the New York Times and spread around the world.
- Mia Love — A Haitian convert to Mormonism, Love gained notoriety in the U.S. when she became the first black female Republican elected to the U.S. Congress.
- Brandon Flowers — No Mormon has had more international visibility for many years and this is very much ongoing in 2014 as he performed in numerous countries. Millions of his fans know he is Mormon. I’m Brandon Flowers and I’m a Mormon has been viewed more than a million times.
I’m certain that I’ve left out many people who have had a significant impact. That is why we open the nominations to you, our readers. Please help us nominate those who have had a significant impact.