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Latter-day Saints on ‘Biggest Loser’ bond over faith

On Sundays, behind the doors of The Biggest Loser ranch and unseen by almost 9.5 million viewers, several contestants of the hit reality television show meet in Moses Kinikini’s bedroom to partake of the sacrament and share their testimonies.

Six of the 22 contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” this season are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, namely Moses Kinikini, Kaylee Kinikini, Rulon Gardner, Justin Pope, Sarah Nitta and Denise Hill.

“We are always here at the ranch,” said Moses Kinikini, who graduated from BYU in marketing. “We don’t have an opportunity to attend church anywhere. However, I got permission from my bishop to bless and pass the sacrament on Sundays. Our schedules get so hectic sometimes that we don’t get to it, but for the most part on Sundays we are able to bless and pass the sacrament between Kaylee and I and other contestants that are LDS.”

Kaylee Kinikini, Moses’ daughter, said she has found even though they are unable to attend church, they treasure the time they have to take the sacrament and talk about their beliefs.

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