Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
David Osmond performs. He will be featured this Sunday on Mormon Times TV.

I’ve never been to the Holy Land. We planned to go several years ago, then Operation Desert Storm broke out and, well, I’m a nervous flyer who looks for any excuse not to soar through the clouds. (We’re talking fingernail-marks-in-your-skin-if-you-sit-by-me-when-it’s-turbulent nervous.)

With the subsequent unrest in the Middle East, we never pursued the Israel trip, although some day I still hope to see those special places we read about in the scriptures.

It’s interesting that the majority of people who inhabit the land of Christ’s upbringing and ministry don’t even recognize him as the Savior. But you can find Christians scattered around the area. Dozens live at the BYU Jerusalem Center, where you’ll find a new group of students every semester and their instructors.

One of those on the faculty is Eric Huntsman, an associate professor of ancient scripture at BYU who left Provo this August to teach at the Jerusalem Center for a year. He took his wife and two children with him and has had some marvelous experiences touring with the students and shooting lots of beautiful video and photos. Eric agreed to Skype with us on our Mormon Times TV show airing Dec. 25. He’ll show us what it’s like to experience Christmas in the Holy Land.

Christian service was rendered all over Davis County this month after the wild December wind storm that was more like a hurricane. We’ll show you what amazing things were accomplished in just one Sunday when many church services were canceled and members of all faiths worked side by side, helping friends and strangers alike.

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We'll also talk to a wonderful performer, David Osmond. He turned his big solo break — subbing as “Joseph” for his uncle Donny in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" — into a great career as a professional singer/songwriter. He’ll be along to sing a Christmas favorite that will really get you into the spirit of the season.

The Mormon Times television show airs Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL-TV following the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast. It can also be viewed online at Just click on "Mormon Times" on the light blue header up top, where you can see past episodes. And you can follow us on Facebook at

Michelle King is the host of Mormon Times TV that airs Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on KSL TV-Channel 5.