I'm a Mormon
I'm a Mormon was an advertising and outreach campaign by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2010 to 2018 that aimed to combat stereotypes and misconceptions about the church by featuring short profiles from church members (also known as Mormons). Short video clips began airing on American television beginning January 2011, expanding by October to a television, bus and billboard campaign in 12 US cities and Brisbane, Australia. The executive director of the campaign was Stephen B. Allen. In 2013 the campaign was extended to Ireland and the UK with ads on double-decker buses and the internet, said to be in response to the opening of the musical The Book of Mormon in London. In Melbourne during the 2017 run, the Church advertised at Southern Cross railway station and elsewhere in the city, as well as on television.
The campaign emphasized facts about LDS Church membership through cultural and racial diversity of individuals profiled, representing (in 2011) more than a million claimed LDS members in Mexico and Brazil each, and nearly as many in Asia. The campaign has been subject of scholarly articles concerning its relationship with Mormonism and women.
In October 2018, the President of the Church Russell M. Nelson said that the use of nicknames such as Mormon was "a major victory for Satan." The outreach campaign thus ended. The mormon.org website along with all the member contributed profiles have both been deleted from the internet and now redirect to a new church website which avoids the Mormon moniker.
Notable people [ edit ]
The following people have appeared as spokespeople in the campaign.
- Alex Boye, musician
- Elaine Bradley, musician
- Rose Datoc Dall, Filipina-American painter
- Ron Dittemore, former NASA flight director; president of ATK Launch Systems
- Brandon Flowers, musician
- Larry Gelwix, rugby coach
- William Hopoate, athlete
- Jane Clayson Johnson, television anchor
- Gladys Knight, singer and actress
- Chad Lewis, athlete
- Mia Love, former member of U.S. Congress
- Rob Morris, athlete
- Lacey Nymeyer, athlete
- Alan Osmond, musician
- Gabe Reid, athlete
- Jon Schmidt, musician
- Mitch Smith, athlete
- Lindsey Stirling, musician
- Bruce Summerhays, pro golfer
- Patrice Tipoki, musician and actor
- Paora Winitana, athlete
- Jason F. Wright, author and commentator
- Norman Tolk, physicist
Further reading [ edit ]
- Rollo Romig (January 20, 2012), ""Julie Through the Glass": The Rise and Fall of the Mormon TV Commercial", The New Yorker
- "Why are we meeting the Mormons?", The Conversation, Melbourne, Victoria, November 5, 2014
References [ edit ]
- Eric Marrapodi (November 2, 2011), With 'I'm a Mormon' campaign, church counters lily-white image, CNN
- Keith Coffman (October 2, 2011), Latter-day Saints launch "I'm a Mormon" ad campaign, Reuters
- "I'm a Mormon" campaign expands in U.S., Australia, Salt Lake City: KSL-TV, October 7, 2011
Katherine Feeney (November 22, 2011), "Mormons come knocking loudest in Brisbane", Brisbane Times,
[T]he southeast Queensland campaign, set to run on television, billboards and online until the New Year, stood as a national test case...
- Lindsay Maxfield (April 10, 2013), LDS Church launches 'I'm a Mormon' campaign in UK, Ireland, Salt Lake City: KSL-TV
- "'I am a Mormon' campaign launches in London, in response to play's debut", The World, Minneapolis: Public Radio International, April 29, 2013
- "The Book of Mormon: An Opportunity to Set the Record Straight". www.abc.net.au. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
- Chen, Chiung Hwang (20 Feb 2014), "Diverse Yet Hegemonic: Expressions of Motherhood in "I'm a Mormon" Ads", Journal of Media and Religion, Taylor & Francis: 31–47, doi:10.1080/15348423.2014.871973
- Peggy Fletcher Stack; Scott D. Pierce; David Noyce (7 October 2018). "Members 'offend' Jesus and please the devil when they use the term 'Mormon,' President Nelson says". SLTrib.com. The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
- "General Conference, October 2018, Russell M. Nelson". churchofjesuschrist.org. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
- Nelson, President Russell M. "The Correct Name of the Church". www.churchofjesuschrist.org. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
- "What happened to mormon.org?". wasmormon.org. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
- Trent Toone (October 31, 2012), "23 interesting Latter-day Saints who have profiles on Mormon.org", Deseret News, Salt Lake City
- Brian Passey (May 1, 2014), "Neon Trees shine on their best album yet", The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, California
- Schmuhl, Emily. "LDS artist surprised at huge response to ad campaign", Deseret News, 16 September 2010. Retrieved on 15 March 2020.
- Space Religion: Mormonism and the Final Frontier – Former NASA administrator James C. Fletcher played a crucial role in the first three decades of human space exploration. To what extent did his Mormon faith fuel his enthusiasm?, Seeker, May 10, 2011
Haglund, David (October 17, 2011), "Brow Beat: Slates Culture Blog", Slate,
I'm a Father, a Husband, and a Rock Star. And I'm a Mormon.
- Goodstein, Laurie (2011-11-18). "Mormon Ad Campaign Seeks to Improve Perceptions". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
- Michael Deeds (May 16, 2015), "Lindsey Stirling is a dancing, violin-shredding Mormon sensation", Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho
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- Official website (churchofjesuschrist.org)