Perhaps more than ever before, the nation is taking note of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The media certainly have. Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy has people asking questions and researching the Mormon faith. Many are perusing the church’s mormon.org website — chatting online with missionaries, looking over LDS foundational beliefs, watching video profiles of Mormons from all walks of life, reading the “Why I believe” stories of thousands more, and even looking up places to attend worship services.
Not to mention the attention the LDS faith garnered from major news magazine cover stories, CNN’s Kansas City Temple tour and national interviews focusing on heaven and basketball prospect Jabari Parker. And that’s only a sampling.
Basically, those who don’t know any Mormons or what they believe are starting to ask. But what do we, as LDS members, tell them when they do ask? And what about those who’ve received incorrect information and believe it to be the truth?
On this Sunday’s edition of "Mormon Times TV," (airing at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), author Anthony Sweat will be along to help us answer those who are getting fact and fiction mixed up. You’ll find out how to respond to some of those “Mormon myths” that are out there — like “Mormons aren’t Christians,” “LDS members are blind followers,” “LDS women are more depressed than other women” and “will the Constitution hang by a thread?”
Also on Aug. 19 you’ll get a look at the massive stripling warriors march that recently took place in Bountiful. You’ll see how this group — like Helaman’s army of old — did not doubt, and you can hear from those who organized and marched in this group of more than 2,200 young men.
“The giving tree” is spreading its branches through Utah’s cancer community. It gives those who are stricken with the disease a chance to pay it forward and help strengthen other families. It’s a touching story.
Those of us who are grandparents want to do our best to influence our grandchildren’s lives for good and make lasting memories. On Sunday’s show, grandparenting expert Lauralee Christensen will share some foundational gospel traditions that strengthen families with her great ideas and examples.
Local recording artist David Archuleta may be serving a mission, but his music lives on. We talk with Libbie Linton, a Utah performer who had the chance to sing a duet with him on his new CD. You'll see how it all came together.
The “Mormon Times TV" television show airs weekly on Sundays 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle King is the host of "Mormon Times TV," which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on KSL. Email: email@example.com