Michelle King: 'Mormon Times TV': Inspiring teens change lives

Published: Wednesday, May 2 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

"Dayton's Legs" is a Mormon Messages for Youth video about one young man who helps another with disabilities compete in a triathlon.

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Sometimes people’s life stories affect you deeply.

When I first saw the LDS Church’s Mormon Messages for Youth video featuring Dayton Hayward — called “Dayton’s Legs” — I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Dayton has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. The video shows his friend Spencer Zimmerman actually becoming Dayton’s legs — as Spencer competes in a triathlon, hauling his buddy right along with him. Spencer also helped Dayton in a number of other inspiring ways, and their “partnership” has been life-changing for both of them — and for countless others.

That video has been circulated and shared for more than a year now, and it continues to touch lives. This Sunday on our April 29 edition of "Mormon Times TV," you’ll see how the story of these young men resulted in some life-changing missionary work. We’ll also Skype with Dayton’s mother to get her take on these two incredible teenagers.

Also, we’ll have a professional genealogist on hand to show us how technology can unite families. You’ll also see how you can connect with living relatives you’ve never met.

Chase Makin made his way onto local newscasts in a tragic way — a playground accident left him with a traumatic brain injury that could have taken his life. But his story has a happy, miraculous ending. Carole Mikita brings us up to date, and Chase's mother, Jen, will be along to share how their family coped with this difficult experience.

Many returned missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enjoy attending mission reunions at general conference time. But we’ll show you one group of missionaries that has kept up the tradition for 60 years running.

The "Mormon Times TV" show airs weekly on 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/MormonTimesTV and join in the conversation.

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" that airs Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL. Email: mking@ksl.com

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