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Lindsey Stirling shares photo with Mormon missionaries, talks LDS faith

Recommended by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Sept. 3 8:08 p.m. MDT

 Lindsey Stirling arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Lindsey Stirling arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas.

(John Shearer, John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Wednesday afternoon, Lindsey Stirling, a Mormon dubstep violinist and YouTube sensation, posted a picture on Facebook with several missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Stirling also shared a link to a blog post she wrote in 2010 detailing her experience as a missionary in New York.

"It was hard but because I learned to love people so much," Stirling wrote, "I have never felt such heart ache and I have never felt so much joy."

The post on Facebook had several comments from Stirling's fans around the world, many of whom expressed appreciation for her standards and beliefs.

"I may be an atheist but I can definitely respect the good work these people do. If their god is a reflection of their behavior I hope I'm wrong and he does exist," Richard Ravenstvo Jackman wrote on Facebook.

Christine Marie also commented, "This is one of the reasons Lindsey is my hero. Her faith is what keeps her going and keeps her strong. I want to have that feeling someday too."

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com | Twitter: @Sarah_DNews

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1. Whittling Whistler
Lehi, UT,
Sept. 3, 2014

We love you Lindsey & Missionaries.... :)

2. RedneckLefty
St. George, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

Ms. Stirling is a lovely and talented and media-savvy young lady, and I don't begrudge her her fame or her fans. But the DN is reporting on comments on her Facebook page and calling it news? That's not "flooding the earth." That's navel-gazing. What's next? An article on what Donny Osmond ate for breakfast?

3. justinbl
Portland, OR,
Sept. 4, 2014

To RedneckLefty - I completely disagree. Lindsey Stirling has many fans and sharing her posts as well as posts of others is a great way to "flood the earth." Lindsey Stirling is a great example of the Church. I am not sure what you think flooding the earth entails. We just had a meeting about sharing posts as a great way to share the gospel.

4. G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT,
Oct. 1, 2014

From the article: "I may be an atheist but I can definitely respect the good work these people do. If their god is a reflection of their behavior I hope I'm wrong and he does exist,"
I've always admired good, honest, ethical people regardless of their belief--or lack of it--and hold out hope that someday they'll be rewarded for living what I'd term righteous lives in spite of a lack of evidence that a supreme being exists; or with no empirical proof that their path in life is the "acceptable" one.
It may be inappropriate to state it in stronger terms here, so I'll just say that even though I believe the LDS way of life is the best one, I'm not going to be critical of those who are moral that have chosen another pathway. As long as we're all striving to do what we feel is right, we'll be rewarded for our efforts--if only for the memory in the minds of others that lives on after we depart.

5. jahenders
Colorado Springs, CO,
Oct. 10, 2014

Hard to see how anyone could help but love Lindsey. Every time I see her, or hear her music, I smile.

As far as Rednecklefty's comment that she's not exactly "flooding the earth," I think he misses the point. She served as a full time mission where teaching the Gospel everyday was her full-time vocation. Now she's working on her career. In doing so, she does everything with grace and goodwill, setting a great example of living the Gospel. She may not flood her Facebook or YouTube pages with a steady stream of Gospel messages, but her faith is fairly evident. She's trying to reach an audience beyond just church members, so she doesn't want to alienate fans (who can be influenced by her example) by hitting them too strong with Gospel stuff off the bat. If you find fault with that, you can probably likewise fault almost every Mormon-owned business and almost every Mormon in a diverse business.