KSL TV will air eight all-new specials this general conference weekend. From a truly remarkable story of redemption anchored by Elder Vai Sikahema to three All In interviews you've never heard before to the story of a high school water polo goalie who led his team to the best record in the state despite significant loss of his peripheral vision, the specials promise to provide something inspiring for everyone.
Read about each special below to find out when to watch. All of KSL’s general conference weekend coverage can be watched live on TV as well as on the KSL TV app.
Before the Saturday Morning Session
History of the Saints: Those Who Knew Him — Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. MST
Joseph Smith has been considered a prophet of God for nearly two centuries. Millions on both sides of the veil know Brother Joseph by the witness of the Spirit and the fruit of his work. Explore the lives of those relatively few souls who were his contemporaries—who knew him as a man, a friend, a family man, and a prophet. Those who knew him best loved him most. This History of the Saints presentation is their testimony.
After the Saturday Morning Session
Redeemed: The Sione Havili Story — Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 12 noon MST
Reporter: Elder Vai Sikahema
Producer: Angie Denison
In the cool fall air, gunshots pierce the night. It’s a drive-by shooting. Two Tongan gangs, the Crips of Glendale and the Regulators from West Valley, fight for turf. Before 19-year-old Sione Havili is able to process what’s happened, he jumps into a van with five friends bent on getting revenge. With containers of gas and rags for a fuse, they firebomb a rival’s house and burn it to the ground. Fortunately no one is at home. Months later, Sione—a BYU scholarship athlete—hasn’t been caught for the crime, and he leaves on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His call had already been issued prior to that fateful night. But eventually justice catches up to him and he returns home to pay the price. What happens afterward is a story of redemption—a journey that proves someone once broken can be redeemed.
A Shift of Heart: The Conversion of Ed Roth — Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. MST
Reporter/Producer: Dan Rascon
If you own a T-shirt with a design on it, you have Ed “Big Daddy” Roth to thank for it. Before he pioneered shirt screen printing, he was an inventive kid in southern California in the early hot rod days, creating custom graphics and pinstriping. After experimenting with airbrushing jackets for car clubs, he realized designing T-shirts made more sense in the hot SoCal climate. His idea was radical, since at the time T-shirts were considered underwear. When demand for his graphic tees skyrocketed he started mass screen printing them. Roth went on to create the character “Rat Fink” as a counter to Mickey Mouse and to design crazy custom cars that became model kits for kids in the 60s and 70s—models that inspired the guy who designs modern Corvettes. Roth joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints later in life and moved to tranquil Manti, Utah. He died in 2001, and every year since his widow has hosted a summertime Rat Fink Reunion, drawing “Finksters” from all over the world to carry on the automotive art and legacy of Big Daddy Roth.
Inside Church Headquarters — Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. MST
Producer: Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News
A look at the inner workings of the headquarters for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Attend an executive council meeting with Apostles and other leaders to see what happens during these important gatherings, and go inside other committee meetings for a better understanding of how things work. This is your chance to get an inside look at how decisions are made and see the people behind the scenes who help keep the Church programs running.
After the Sunday Morning Session
Sacred Images — Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 12 noon MST
Reporter: Carole Mikita
During the pandemic, leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new vision for the foyers and entryways of every Church meetinghouse: beautiful displays of art reflecting a deeper reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many buildings have since received new artwork, and others are in the process of change. Now, a year later, see how a diverse group of Latter-day Saint artists are creating images that reflect the cultural and racial “peoples of the world.” Get a behind-the scenes look at the Church’s art collection and how copies of those works are made and sent worldwide. See how Church leaders are using this art, including Camille N. Johnson, Primary General President, who carefully chose the artwork for her new office. Find out why she finds one particular image sacred and why it is important that Latter-day Saint children experience art that moves them too. And finally, the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts in New York City has realized a goal of an exhibition space with art that connects “heaven and earth.”
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A Great Work — Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. MST
Producer: Angie Denison
President Russell M. Nelson has called upon the youth of the Church to lay the foundation of a great work. Watch how young people who heard his call to action have answered, and witness the power of their faith reflected in both in their everyday behavior and in extraordinary acts of service. Hear the stories of several youth who are making a difference across the world and powerfully influencing those around them as they develop their talents and help their families succeed.
All In – Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 1 p.m. MST
Host: Morgan Jones
Producer: Candice Madsen
What does it mean to be “all in” the gospel of Jesus Christ? A popular LDS Living podcast, which has garnered over 9.5 million downloads in less than three years since its launch, has asked this question over 130 times and in the process has shown that the answer may be much broader than we think. In this All In television special, the question will be asked of three guests: A former NASA engineer, an NFL player, and a successful Utah CEO. The all-new interviews will give a peek inside the lives of three very different people doing incredibly unique things with one thing in common: their desire to be committed to their faith.
Blind Faith — Sunday, October 3, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. MST
Reporter/Producer: Mike Headrick
For two nights a week over four months of the year, the Stang Aquatic Center in Hyrum, Utah, is home to one of the best high school water polo teams in the state: the Cache Valley Kraken. Their offense is always on fire, and their defense may be even better—and key to that defense is their senior goalie, Benjamin Lehnig. At 6-foot-3, with a wingspan nearly as long, Benjamin has been treading water almost half his life. But here’s the thing about life: whether it’s in the pool or out, in the middle of it all, there are simply some things you never see coming.