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Published: Sunday, Feb. 13 2011 9:23 p.m. MST

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lsteinbentley
South Jordan, UT

Way to go Ken!! Thanks for being a positive image for the church and helping people to realize we are not a cult.

goitalone
w bountiful, ut

Ken Jennings, the "worlds greatest missionary".

Don't get me wrong. I presume Mr. Jennings is a member of the LDS church? Probably a great example of good values and church standards, but like Jimmer Fredette, can we please not constantly use public forums to place cultural icons on religious pedestals?

I wonder if we, as LDS, seek to put famous people on public pedestals because we are failing on a personal level to do what we expect them to do for us.

We ought to live our lives with dignity, act in ways which include and uplift those around us and do our alms privately where the impact can be recognized for what it is and not what we hope others see.

My congratulations to Mr. Jennings. I hope he doesn't lose who he is in the fame of what others want him to be.

Moracle
Blackshear, GA

In response to golitalone, I quite understand the sentiment of promoting oneself, as an organization or as a person, and have difficulty tooting my own horn.

Yet, when it comes to religion, I reconcile my qualms by remembering the Lord's admonition: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light uinto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5: 14-16)

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

It's great to see someone with values remain upstanding even in the face of success.

bikeboy
Boise, ID

I'm not sure who "goitalone's" comments are directed towards.

Jennings hasn't particularly touted his LDS religion; the article is about the MSM characterizing him first and foremost as Mormon.

Most LDS who are aware are happy to proclaim him as "one of us." It's been 6 1/2 years since he rose to fame. He seems to still have a good head, both for trivia AND for living a solid, moral life. All outward indications are that fame hasn't changed his life in a negative way.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

Hey Moracle I couldn't have said it better myself. I love that passage and it has more meanings than one for the people in the bible belt. I was in Blackshear a couple of weeks ago.

Moracle
Blackshear, GA

Thanks Ed in Atl!

Few people know we live in one of the friendliest, safest, sanest, and most peaceful states in the nation.

Next time you're in the area, visit Waycross 1st Ward & say you're Ed from Atl!

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

This article should have been more about the battle of man vs computer, than a biography about Ken Jennings. Love the guy and the positive spin he has had on the church and game show, but the intriguing factor is the fact that two men are going up against a computer to see which is "smarter".

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Way to go Ken!

FYI -
lsteinbentley | 9:50 p.m. Feb. 13, 2011
goitalone | 8:10 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011
Moracle | 9:32 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011
Johnny Triumph | 10:13 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011
bikeboy | 10:38 a.m. Feb. 14, 2011

[You guys realize Ken Jennings is about as Non-Utah Mormon as you can get?
He was born and raised in Seattle, - lives there now - and is a Democrat.

Thanks for making that observation - Democrats are good Mormons too.]

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