Since Time named its Person of the Year this past week, and named a religious figure at that, it must be time to select the Mormon of the 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 make sure 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 2011.
Here are my own nominations:
- Jabari Parker — Highly regarded basketball player currently playing for Duke.
- Yeah Samake — founder of Mali Rising Foundation and a candidate in Mali’s 2013 presidential elections.
- Orson Scott Card — LDS Author whose award-winning novel Ender’s Game was made into a movie released this year. Card’s views on homosexuality have led to calls for a boycott of the movie.
- Carlos “Wizard” Martins — Brazilian multi-millionaire who sold his Wizard chain of language schools, confirming his place among the richest people on the planet.
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.