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Michelle King: Jimmer Fredette on living the gospel in the NBA, on 'Mormon Times TV'

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, left, shoots under pressure from Los Angeles Clippers guard Randy Foye during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 7, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

In the many years I’ve been involved in broadcasting, I’ve been fortunate to do personal interviews with some pretty interesting, noteworthy people. In the political arena, that’s included former U.S. presidents' wives as well as Utah governors. I was privileged to sit down with a prophet and various apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one-on-one. And I can’t forget sports stars, actors and famous musicians — many who are legends in their fields. In all cases, they were kinder, gentler and more fun to be with than I ever imagined.

But you always wonder if these accomplished people will live up to your expectations. And that’s the question I had on my mind when Jimmer Fredette sat down to chat on our "Mormon Times TV" set with his new wife, Whitney. “Jimmermania” hit Brigham Young University while we were serving our mission in Atlanta, so I really had no idea as to what they were like. Well, these newlyweds far exceeded my hopes as well!

This Sunday on "Mormon Times TV," you’ll hear them talk about staying grounded, goal-oriented and active in the LDS Church while living this very different NBA lifestyle — and you’ll love what you hear.

On a serious note, we’ll tackle the issue of domestic violence. We’ll look back at the sad story of Susan Cox Powell while, at the same time, realizing such abuse knows no boundaries — it can happen to anyone. And LDS therapist Julie Hanks will be along to help us recognize when there’s a problem and what we can all do to help.

Also on our Oct. 14 show, you’ll see how the establishment of the first Nepali-speaking branch in the United States — right here in Utah — is seen as a fulfillment of prophecy. And you’ll get a look at the treasures in the old Brigham Chapel nearby the city’s new temple.

Plus, Val Chadwick Bagley encourages us to develop our talents. He’s used his to gain notoriety as “The Cartoonist Guy,” and you’ll see how his sense of humor is bringing smiles to the faces of teenagers and young children everywhere.

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," which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on KSL. Email: mking@ksl.com

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