20 Reasons Why 2012 Was The Coolest Year To Be A Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in the spotlight all year long. Will it ever be as cool to be a Mormon as it was in 2012?

1. Mitt Romney became the first Mormon nominated for president by a major political party.

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2. Jon Huntsman ran for president too.

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3. Sacramento Kings player Jimmer Fredette married his college girlfriend and former BYU cheerleader Whitney Wonnacott. It was like BYU’s Royal Wedding.

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4. Jon Stewart had some Mormons on his show. Like Joanna Brooks, author of “The Book of Mormon Girl.”

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5. And some black Mormons.

“However which way you guys vote, you guys are going to win (the election). But then you’re definitely all going to lose too.”

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6. Bryce Harper, a Nevada Mormon who works in D.C. as an outfielder for the Washington Nationals, called a reporter’s question about what his favorite beer is a “clown question.”

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7. Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Mormon who works in D.C. as the Senate majority leader, called a reporter’s question about Republicans and immigration reform a “clown question.”

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8. Jabari Parker became the 13th high school athlete to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The last guy to do it was Bryce Harper.

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9. Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest non-denominational Christian congregation in the United States, told Wolf Blitzer he believes Mormons are “brothers in Christ.”

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10. Bloomberg Businessweek faced criticism for this magazine cover, with one media analyst saying it “crosses way over the line between commentary and bigotry.”

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11. The Church lowered the age young men can serve missions from 19 to 18.

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12. And they lowered the age young women can serve missions from 21 to 19.

Applications to serve LDS missions increased 472 percent following the age requirement change.

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13. The Church created a website that called for treating gays and lesbians with compassion. It also stated sexuality was not a choice.

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14. NBC aired “Mormon In America” on Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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15. The Church launched a Christmas ad campaign in New York City.

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16. And they bought ad space in playbills for The Book of Mormon musical.

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17. The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers kept getting asked questions about Mormonism while he was promoting the band’s new album.

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18. American Idol runner-up David Archuleta put his singing career on hold to go on a mission.

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19. And a picture of him singing in the Church’s semi-annual General Conference made it into Rolling Stone magazine.

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20. But most importantly, a video of Ryan Gosling singing and dancing at a Mormon talent show as a kid was uploaded to YouTube.

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21. BONUS: It might have happened in 2011, but there was that one time Anderson Cooper defended Mormonism from being called a cult.

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22. BONUS: And also that one time P. Diddy tweeted a quote by L. Tom Perry, a member of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It was at the very end of 2011, but it was also very neat.

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