WASHINGTON, D.C. Larry King, host of the Emmy-winning "Larry King Live" show on CNN, was the guest speaker to the combined seminaries of the McLean Virginia Stake on Oct. 22. His appearance was coordinated by early-morning seminary faculty members of the McLean stake.
Born and raised in a Jewish home in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. King commended the students for getting up so early and for their faithfulness to their religion. "I have been on a lifelong quest for faith," he said. "I haven't found it yet hold onto yours and never let it go!"
Speaking of common threads between faiths, Mr. King stated, "The one great tie that unites both Mormons and Jews is the fact that nothing is more important than family."
He spoke lovingly of his wife, Shawn Southwick-King, a member of the McLean Virginia Stake, and her devotion to her faith. She has introduced him to several LDS traditions as well.
After his presentation, Mr. King took questions from the students. One student asked for his impressions of President Gordon B. Hinckley, a guest on "Larry King Live" in September 1998. He responded, "No doubt, he is one of the great religious leaders. You cannot dislike him. He has all his faculties despite his age, he's very wise and I have a great deal of respect for him. We received tremendous audience response when he appeared on our show."
Students enjoyed Mr. King's comments. "It was cool to have Larry King to come to seminary," Great Falls seminary student Trent Walker replied.
Mr. King has more than 40 years experience in the broadcasting business and during that time has interviewed more than 30,000 people, including political and entertainment figures.