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Michelle King's Mormon Times TV preview: Serving for all the right reasons

By MICHELLE KING

KSL-TV

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 30 2011 6:12 a.m. MST

Is going back to television really like riding a bike?

Some people told me it would be easy to pick up again, but my "bike" is now a different model.

I anchored the evening news in Utah for nearly 30 years, and my new job as host of KSL's Mormon Times TV show is a real change.

And I like it. I can talk about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all I want, because the show is about Mormons and for Mormons — as well as anyone else who likes inspiring stories and values-driven content.

It's the perfect extension of how I've spent the last three years, serving as a mission president's wife in the amazing Georgia Atlanta North Mission. Hands down, the mission was one of the best things we've ever done, and our teenage son was surrounded by wonderful examples of elders and sisters.

We love missionaries, and I'm always in awe of their teaching ability, resilience and the spirit they carry.

I also know that many give up much to serve — and that's the theme of a great story we're airing on our show this Sunday, Dec. 4.

It's the story of Will Hopoate, a 19-year-old Australian rugby league player who gave up big money — millions of dollars in contracts — to serve a full-time mission. He's going for all the right reasons.

Recently returned mission president Jim Jardine will be on the show to talk about Elder Hopoate and the sacrifices missionaries make to serve — which end up being great blessings, not sacrifices.

Speaking of returned mission presidents, BYU professor/amazing speaker Brad Wilcox will be along with some great ways to study the Book of Mormon and empower ourselves. You'll see how youths in Eastern Europe are empowering their own lives after taking up President Thomas S. Monson's challenge to read every day.

Also, I venture over to the local Catholic Cathedral of the Madeleine to see how their quiet partnership with the LDS Church is helping the poor and needy in a big way. Plus, you'll meet Eliza McIntosh, a young wheelchair basketball player who set a new world record — inspiring people all along the way.

The Mormon Times television show airs Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL-TV (Ch. 5) following the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast. It can also be viewed online at www.ksltv.com. Just click on "Mormon Times" on the light blue bar, where you can see past episodes. You can also follow us on Facebook.

So tune in. You may just come away with a smile on your face and more hope for the world.

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