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Pres. Hinckley Appears on 'Larry King Live'

Pres. Hinckley Appears on 'Larry King Live'



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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News/AP) -- LDS church President Gordon B. Hinckley stressed the importance of traditional family in a national TV appearance yesterday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"When all is said and done, the greatest satisfaction you will have in this life as you grow old, will be seeing your children grow in righteousness and faith and goodness as citizens of the society of which they are a part," President Hinckley said.

He was both serious and playful with the talk show host in his fourth appearance. King is Jewish, but married a Mormon.

The interview bounced among topics such as the war in Iraq to Gov.-elect Jon Huntsman Junior, who President Hinckley said will be -- quote -- "a good governor."

The interview also touched on hot-button issues such as homosexuality, women's rights and the church's relationship to blacks.

President Hinckley says the church has compassion for gays, because LDS faithful are pro-family, not anti-gay.

At the end of the exchange, King told his audience that President Hinckley had given him a genealogy of King's family. That included immigration papers for his parents, maps of their ancestral towns, copies of newspaper clippings about his father's funeral and many details the talk show host had never known. King called it perhaps the best gift he's ever received.

( The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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