Collecting Nominations for X-Mormon of the year 2023!!!
It’s that time of year — awards season once again! And — as usual — we start with nominations for William Law X-Mormon of the Year!!
As always, the X-Mormon of the Year award goes to the X-Mormon who made the biggest public splash in the year in question (2023 in this case). Typically the winner was excommunicated during the year, but that is not a requirement.
This year my money’s on Ryan Gosling.
Did you even know he was Mormon? I didn’t, but his wikipedia entry references his “Mormon upbringing.” And his iconic starring role in the smash hit “Barbie” qualifies as a pretty big splash in 2023!!
If you’re asking whether he’s still Mormon, I think it’s unlikely. The CoJCoL-dS loves their celebrities! So I think we’d have heard about him as a Mormon if he were among the faithful. And being still a member is not technically disqualifying for this award.
The only high-profile excommunication that I’m award of for 2023 is Tim Ballard. He was apparently excommunicated, according to a lawsuit filing. I’m less keen on that choice because X-Mormon of the Year is supposed to be a positive award for admirable X-Mormons (although being excommunicated for being a monstrous criminal is also not technically disqualifying…)
Do you know of any other X-Mormon who made a big public splash in 2023? Please nominate them in the comments below!