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Michelle King: Meeting LDS around the world; talking polls, grandparents

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

If you've traveled at all, you know how easy it is now to find an LDS meetinghouse to attend church services. Just go online to mormon.org, click on "Visit Us" and "Worship with Us," and you can see when and where members meet in any part of the world.

Some of my most memorable travels include attending church services in Scotland, Ireland and the former communist East Germany, when the Freiberg Temple was dedicated. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly is a worldwide church, and the people who live in some of the most remote places are often among the most dedicated. I left those chapels in awe of the members I met and the spirit that permeated their Sunday meetings.

On our Mormon Times TV show this Sunday, Feb. 12, we'll begin our month-long tour of "Members Around the World," where you'll see what it's like to be LDS in faraway places. We start in a country nearly 8,000 miles away, where camels cause traffic jams.

We'll also have the editors from LDS Living Magazine in the studio with us to talk about some of the interesting polls they've conducted. See if you think like other members of our faith when it comes to voting for Mormon candidates and sitting in a particular pew at church.

Studies show that grandparents matter and that they can be an influence for good in the lives of their grandchildren. BYU Education Week instructor Lauralee Christensen will be along to show us how grandparents can leave a legacy of love. She'll have several ideas for "grand loving" — so be sure and tune in, grandmas and grandpas alike!

And you'll meet the man whose artwork was featured at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The LDS Church commissioned renowned artist Ed Vebell to produce paintings depicting New Testament scenes. You'll hear him, now at age 90, tell the story of how his artwork later landed in LDS Church lesson manuals and meetinghouse libraries.

The "Mormon Times" television show airs Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL-TV following the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast. It can also be viewed online at mormontimestv.ksl.com, where you can see past episodes. And we invite you to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/Mormon TimesTV. We're always looking for inspiring, uplifting stories that involve people of the LDS faith. If you have some ideas you'd like to share with us, drop me an email at mking@ksl.com.

Michelle King is the host of "Mormon Times TV," which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on KSL.

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