Its that time of year again. The media are already reviewing the important news stories of the year, Time has selected its Person of the Year; so we should get busy selecting the Mormon of the Year.
For those who don’t remember, last year at this time T&S selected Mitt Romney as the Mormon of the Year for 2008.
I think the ground rules are basically the same as last year (suggestions about changes to the rules are welcome – I’ve tried here to clarify some assumptions we made in the rules last year):
- Nominees must be Mormon somehow — those who have not yet been baptized aren’t eligible.
- 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 don’t vote YET!! We’re just calling for nominations at this point. Voting will begin January 1st.
This year, when you nominate someone, please provide a link to somewhere (such as wikipedia, news stories, etc.) where we can get further information on them). AND, please give us some rationale for why you think this person should be Mormon of the Year.
Like last year, we will take nominations for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and then allow vistiors to Times & Seasons to indicate their preference in a vote on the nominees starting January 1st. 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. This year is quite different, because, if nothing else, Mormon involvement in politics (the election and Prop 8 campaigns) didn’t make as much news. Personally, I can’t see that Mitt Romney has been active enough this year to warrant his selection. Instead we have a new field of possibilities, Mormons who have had a great impact or influence on Mormons and Mormonism during 2009.
Here are my own nominations:
- Harry Reid — As the Senate Majority Leader, it is kind of hard to ignore Reid, since he is the highest ranking Mormon in government ever. He also provides a nice antidote to the assumption that Mormons must be Republicans (to say nothing of the fact that his politics are probably more in line with the vast majority of Mormons — when you take into account those that do not live in the United States).
- Glenn Beck – High-profile TV talk show host on Fox News has been perhaps the most controversial TV personality during the past year.
- Stephenie Meyer – Like or hate her books, she is certainly the face of Mormonism among many people around the world, especially this year, with the first Twilight movie in theaters and news articles frequently mentioning her religion.
- Stephanie Nielson — Popular LDS blogger known as Nienie returned home and began blogging again after a private plane accident in 2008.
- John Yettaw — Missouri LDS Church member who made news by allegedly sneaking in to the home of Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi who was under house arrest.
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.