Solutions to family challenges focus of television series

The challenges facing families and practical solutions are the focal points of a television news magazine series created by the Church.

"Family Times" promotes many of the good things families are doing and helps them with making choices in today's society, according to its producers. The show airs Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. EDT on the Odyssey Channel."The series looks at contemporary life from an everyday viewpoint and offers something for every family member," said William S. Evans, assistant executive producer of the series.

"The hosts combine for a vibrant, informative and fun half-hour of value-centered solutions facing people today," he said. "At a time when so much is working to disrupt families, `Family Times' is a refreshing and practical resource for mothers and fathers to strengthen their families."

Segments from "Family Times" programs, produced by the Church's Public Affairs Department, describe the program as providing pointers on everyday choices for families. One program shows viewers how to select art for their homes that teaches values and family heritage. Another segment offers viewers advice on how to bridge the gap between love and money, according to a family finance specialist, and still another has suggestions for successful and memorable family reunions.

The Church has been a member of Vision Interfaith Satellite Network since it was launched in 1988. In 1994 the VISN Channel became known as the Faith & Values Channel and subsequently Odyssey, which is owned and operated by the non-profit National Interfaith Cable Coalition, a consortium of Protestant, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saints and Orthodox groups.