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Michelle King: Kidnapped missionaries speak out 14 years later on 'Mormon Times TV'

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

LDS missionaries Travis Tuttle, second from the left, and Andrew Propst in Russia, in March 1998.

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It is a huge and awesome responsibility to watch over missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While serving our mission in Georgia, one of my cherished opportunities was to help with their health and medical needs, like their own mother would. Whether dealing with sinus infections, bronchitis, dehydration or the common cold and sore throat, you hoped the best for them, knowing they need to be healthy to work effectively. We worked closely with amazing mission doctors and missionary medical nurses, and I learned a lot. In fact, my husband affectionately started calling me, “Sister King: Medicine Woman.”

But not every illness was a common one. And sometimes, the unexpected happened — despite all the talk and training about health and safety. I can’t even imagine being on the receiving end of the phone call made to a mission president 14 years ago, when two LDS elders were kidnapped in Russia.

The pair is now finally speaking out about their harrowing experience that made international headlines and even involved intervention from the president of the United States. On this week’s episode of "Mormon Times TV," you’ll hear them tell their amazing story of faith.

Also on Nov. 4, popular LDS speaker and author John Bytheway will be along to share five favorite scriptures that can motivate us to action.

And meet two women who have a unique relationship as birth mother and adoptive mother of a young boy. You’ll see how he has been a gift in both of their lives, and how the LDS Church can help with adoption and the unwed mother.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of Hawaii’s top tourist attractions, and it’s preparing to celebrate 50 years of music and dance. We’ll take a look at what’s in store to mark this milestone.

Plus a musical performance by one of the newer faces on the LDS music scene — Justin Cash.

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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