I was excited about the New Mormon.Org that recently launched. However, the actual site far exceeds any of my expectations. The member profiles are a wonderful cross section of church membership. One can search by age, ethnicity, continent and previous religious affiliation which is a great feature. However, the standout of the site are the videos that were produced for some of the profiles. I am amazed with the diversity of these profiles. Some feature ‘celebrities’ such as Alex Boye while others feature the conversion stories of average members. The breadth of diversity reflected here really shows a church trying to move away from uniformity and towards reflecting the vibrant experiences of its members. Here is a brief description of those featured in videos with links to their sites or the profile if no site could be found.
Ryan Wilcox– Pediatrician working on a church humanitarian mission
Alex Boye– Well known Singer and Songwriter
Rochelle Tallmadge– Stay at home mother of four. Her two boys have disabilities.
Valentin Marcero– Mexican Immigrant and Convert to the church. Jailed twice while growing up. Wants to serve a mission
Ron Dittemore– Flight Director for NASA Mission Control
Helen Newton– A Female African American Ophthamologist and mother
Jeff Decker– Sculptor for Harley Davidson and motorcycle racer
Chris Carlson– Works at the Library of Congress and is a cyclist
Josh Maready– Photographer and Professional skateboarder
Rose Yvette– Female Filipina Convert that works as a professional artist from home
Cassandra Barney– Female Stay At Home Professiona Artist
Joy Monaha– World Champion Female Surfer
Jane Clayson Johnson– Female professional Emmy Winning journalist
Vance Taylor– Handicapped Homeland Security Consultant
Emily and Aaron Sherinian– Emily for a global public health non-profit and Aaron works for UN Foundation