My wife brought this to my attention while reading the front page of the Deseret News: 2000s: The First Decade-Mormon Church Influence Soars. Without providing any sources, it says,
President Thomas S. Monson has been named the most influential 80-year-old in America and Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are listed among the most important 100 Americans in history
Other noteworthy items from the article include from the past decade:
- After the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, President Hinckley was one of the first guests Larry King interviewed on his nationally televised program.
- President Hinckley attended a special summit at the White House to counsel President George W. Bush.
- Winter Olympics in SLC with many Mormon Interpreters
- PBS documentary
- Prop 8 vote in California
- Humanitarian efforts in various earthquakes, wildfires, famine, war, hurricanes and floods around the world.
- Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ran for president,
- Sen. Harry Reid became Senate Majority leader, and
- pundit Glenn Beck offered a play-by-play account of the battle lines that separated their political parties.
- David Archuleta sang himself into the hearts of Middle America on “American Idol,”
- Stephenie Meyer wrote of high-minded vampires, selling millions of novels that primed a series of movies.
- City Creek Center will literally remake downtown Salt Lake City.
- The number of temples built or planned reached 151 during the decade.
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