Michelle King: Enduring trials with faith, on 'Mormon Times TV'

Published: Wednesday, June 27 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

I have a pretty incredible aunt. My mother’s sister, Marilyn, is classified as a “downwinder” as a result of government nuclear testing in Southern Utah during the 1950s and has dealt with a number of health concerns since she was a child — including multiple bouts of cancer, heart and kidney damage and other major problems. In fact, as she’s been slammed with discouraging diagnosis after diagnosis, the family can’t believe one person has had to go through so much emotional and physical agony. Yet, Aunt Marilyn is happy, compassionate, upbeat — even light-hearted — about her physical challenges and makes a lasting impact for good on the lives she touches. She never gives up and is truly one whose “attitude has determined her altitude.”

On our July 1 episode of "Mormon Times TV," you’ll meet an entire family with that mindset. The Tillotsons have identical twins with Down syndrome who are also fighting leukemia. Despite their many trials, the family has a great recipe for happiness — and you’ll get to see how they’ve made it work.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in the rain forests of Manaus, Brazil, have endured great hardships in trying to get to a temple. For years, they’ve had to travel days through tough conditions to make those eternal covenants — until now. LDS Church News writer Sarah Jane Weaver had the privilege of being there when the new Manaus Brazil Temple was recently dedicated and, this Sunday, she’ll be with us to tell amazing stories of the faithful Brazilian Saints she met.

Also on "Mormon Times TV," you’ll find out how a Bountiful, Utah, mother and daughter are making life better for young women in Kenya.

And, if “work” has been a hard concept for your children to learn — you’ll see how Salt Lake Cannon Stake leaders are actually making it fun for their young people and teaching them and their parents the principle of self-reliance in the process.

Plus, we’ll also work dinosaurs into this Sunday’s show! In fact, you’ll see why paleontologists even named one after a Utah native who found just the right mix in blending science and religion.

The “Mormon Times TV" television 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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