Sometimes my husband teases me about living in the past. OK, I admit that I still listen to the radio station that plays hits from the 1960s and ’70s — because that’s the era when I grew up, and those songs remind me of special people and experiences. I loved attending school and still stay in touch with friends that date clear back to junior high (thanks to Facebook).
I fondly remember all the amazing opportunities that came my way at work and often reflect on some of the stories I did and people I met who changed my life. I miss being in the mission field in Georgia — the place, the people and the missionaries will always be on my mind and in my heart. And, now that our house is quiet, I often wistfully look back at the time when I was a younger mom — raising our four children and wishing I could go back to “the good old days” of early morning piano practicing, car pools, soccer and lacrosse games, recitals, plays and choir concerts.
Life often seems so fleeting. Time passes so quickly and, before you know it, it’s gone. So, yes, I guess I do often live in the past because I truly enjoyed my past.
That’s why I’m really looking forward to our Dec. 30 episode of “Mormon Times TV,” when we relive a few of those special moments on our show this past year. We featured so many amazing people in 2012, we thought it would be a great way to end the year — remembering and appreciating those people who touched us all.
For starters, there’s Elsha Stockseth. She has muscular dystrophy, and her mom is literally her hands and feet. But she has a huge heart and an incredible artistic talent — using a head mouse to design cards she sells to benefit needy kids in Africa.
Five of the Waldie children got married in the same LDS temple on the same day. And what a family effort that entailed, including lots of give-and-take among the siblings. We’ll look back at the “Mormon mega wedding.”
Hundreds of young men in Davis County formed a modern-day Army of Helaman on the streets of Bountiful this summer. You’ll see how this awesome display impacted many lives.
Plus, we’ll revisit Paxton Norton’s family, who looked to God when life didn’t go as planned. We’re also fond of Kenneth Cope — whose music offers both hope and inspiration. And we can’t forget the ever-expanding group of so-called Mormon Mommy Bloggers, who are talking not only food, gardening and parenting — but also religion. You’ll see how their online missionary work is spreading.
The “Mormon Times TV" television show airs weekly on Sundays at 10 a.m. on KSL-TV/Channel 5 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