17 Mormon references in movies and sitcoms (Part 1) (17 items)

By and , Deseret News

Jan. 22, 2014

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found themselves in the spotlight just a couple years ago when Latter-day Saint and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ran for president.

Throughout the 2012 campaign, LDS leaders and members were interviewed by many media outlets, making the term "Mormon" a buzzword that has remained in headlines ever since.

But the LDS Church was highlighted for mainstream audiences in TV shows and movies long before "the Mormon moment."

Whether with references to missionaries, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or the LDS health code (known as the Word of Wisdom), most of these mentions stick to stereotypes of Mormon culture — some accurate and others not.

While this list is by no means all inclusive, here are 17 Mormon mentions in movies and sitcoms from 1968-2008.

Feel free to share references you are aware of, and we will use them in part two of this list. Please avoid references that are blatantly offensive or crude.

Additional mentions can be found at Mormon Fray and LDSfilm.com.

1 of 17. “Day of the Evil Gun” (1968)

In this 1968 Western film, Owen Forbes and others come across a Mormon ghost town. A local man explains that once the well dried up, the Mormons had to leave.

The abandoned town has a church with a steeple that looks similar to the Salt Lake Temple spires and a building with a sign in front that reads “Brigham Young Academy,” according to LDSfilm.com.

2 of 17. “Family Ties” (1984)

"Love Thy Neighbor"
Season 3, Episode 4

When Jennifer’s friend Scott chooses to spend his time with her older sister Mallory, her older brother Alex tries to explain why, saying Scott has hormones coursing through his veins.

Jennifer later misquotes Alex, saying Scott has “Mormons coursing through his veins!”

3 of 17. “Golden Girls" (1985)

"The Transplant"
Season 1, Episode 4

In this “Golden Girls” episode, Blanche refers to the fact that members of the LDS Church abstain from drinking alcohol, coffee and tea, as well as using tobacco and drugs.

Blanche: "Oh, well the most wonderful thing happened. They found a donor, an excellent match. She was a retired Mormon schoolteacher."

Rose: "Virginia's so lucky!"

Blanche: "Oh, I'll say! That kidney was showroom new! Why, the wildest thing that ever passed through there was Ovaltine!"

4 of 17. “Fletch” (1985)

Investigative newspaper reporter Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher goes looking for information disguised as a plane mechanic. He says that the plane looks well used, and one of the mechanics mentions the owner goes to Utah every week.

Fletch asks if the owner is a Mormon, and the other mechanic laughs and says, “I don’t think he’s done a whole lot of singing with the Tabernacle Choir,” referring to the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is based in Utah.

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5 of 17. “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986)

Gillian Taylor is trying to understand the strange appearance and behavior of Kirk and Spock.

To explain Spock, Kirk says, “Back in the '60s he was part of the free speech movement at Berkley. I think he did a little too much LDS,” confusing the abbreviation for Latter-day Saint with LSD.

Gillian doubtingly questions, “LDS?”

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1. truth in all its forms
henderson, NV,
Jan. 23, 2014

What about south park? they did a whole episode on the Mormons.

2. Fred T
Jan. 23, 2014

How can you leave out one of the very best?
The "Twern't Mormons" in Jerimiah Johnson.

From the movie Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

Jeremiah Johnson: [Jeremiah and Caleb find Del Gue buried to his neck in sand] Are you all right?

Del Gue: Sure, sure, I got a fine horse under me!


Del Gue: Got one of them feathers in my nose.

Jeremiah Johnson: You keep sneezing, it'll come out all right. Haven't seen anyone pass by recent, have you?

Del Gue: Nobody's gone in front of me. Can't say what's happened behind me, though.

Jeremiah Johnson: The Injuns put you here?

Del Gue: T'weren't Mormons. A Chief, name of Mad Wolf. Nice fella, don't talk a hell of a lot. Say, you wouldn't have an extra hat on you, would you? Shade's getting' scarce in these parts.

Jeremiah Johnson: What'd you shave your head for?

Del Gue: Mad Wolf figures like every other Injun I know. Says this scalp isn't fit for no decent man's lodgepole. Ain't the first time I've protected my head in such a way. Name's Del Gue, with an "e".

3. Trainman
Ivins, UT,
Jan. 23, 2014

Well, If all you can find is 17 references to the LDS church going clear back into the 60's, I don't consider that very significant. Your list of NFL players this year who are Mormons is much more significant.

4. Cinci Man
Jan. 23, 2014

This is a good list, but I'm sure there are dozens of others. It'll be interesting to watch the list grow, thanks to readers. I'd like to add:
Cahill, U.S. Marshall
Paint Your Wagon


5. jaredw007
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 23, 2014

There's the 1996 movie "The Long Kiss Goodnight"

Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson): Tell me, do you always curse this much?

Samantha Caine (Geena Davis): What are you, a Mormon?

Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson): Yes, I'm a Mormon, that's why I just smoked a pack of Newports and drank three vodka tonics. I mean . . . When I first met you, you were all "Oh phooey, I burnt the darn muffins;" now, you go into a bar and ten minutes later sailors come running out.