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Lefteris Pitarakis, Associated Press
Ireland's Jason Smyth celebrates after winning the men's 100m T13 final race at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.

This summer, we took our first trip to Nauvoo, Ill., as a family. I’d been there before — to work — when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held an open house for the Nauvoo Illinois Temple prior to its dedication. Seems like all I had time for was shooting several stories in a short time frame and running back and forth to do live shots. … So I didn’t get to really soak in the experience of actually “being” in Nauvoo.

On our July trip, we toured the historic district with its restored buildings and missionary tour guides, walked through the Visitors’ Center and lovely grounds, and enjoyed the Nauvoo Country Fair and amazing Nauvoo Pageant. We also marveled at the stately temple, overlooking the sprawling Mississippi River. In the heat of the humid Midwest summer, it was hard to visualize hundreds of freezing Mormon pioneers taking their wagons and handcarts across that river in the month of February, leaving their homes forever and not fully realizing the hardships of travel, safety, lack of food and illness that lay ahead.

The experiences of those early Latter-day Saints are part of the Sunday School curriculum this year, as adults study church history and the Doctrine and Covenants. And, this Sunday on “Mormon Times TV,” Susan Easton Black — a professor of LDS Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University — will join us. She’ll lend her expertise on how to make the most of your study of the Doctrine and Covenants this year.

Parenting experts Linda and Richard Eyre will also be along on our Jan. 13 episode. They’ll help us with our 2013 resolutions, as we set spiritual goals with our families.

We’ll show you one of the fastest men on the planet. He’s LDS, Irish, and has been compared to Olympic great Usain Bolt. But, remarkably — he’s technically blind. You’ll find out how sprinter Jason Smyth has turned his trials into triumphs.

Plus you'll see how one young woman found a solution to the search for the modest formal dance dress — for herself and hundreds of other girls too.

The “Mormon Times TV" television show airs weekly Sunday mornings 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. You can check us out on YouTube at youtube.com/mormontimes, where it’s easier than ever to view and share inspiring stories from the show. And we invite you to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/MormonTimesTV and join in the conversation. We’re always looking for uplifting, inspirational 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 [email protected].

Michelle King is the host of "Mormon Times TV," which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. on KSL. Email: [email protected]