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CAROL MIKITA TELLS LDSBC STUDENTS "THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES IN LIFE"
In remarkable moments of her life, Carol Mikita has often asked herself the question, "How did I get here?" That comes as a surprise to most people who know Sister Mikita as an accomplished news anchor and arts and religion reporter at KSL 5 Television, a successful documentary writer and producer, an Emmy Award winner, and the recipient of several awards and honors for her media and humanitarian work.
Sister Mikita spoke to an overflow crowd at an LDS Business College forum, Tues. Jan. 28. Her message was simple: There are no coincidences in life. "Doors open, and it's important to recognize when that door is opened. I always believe the Lord is responsible for the opening of doors; the inspiration comes from Him," she said.
Sister Mikita shared numerous times in her life when doors have opened for her. In each of those experiences she acknowledged the Lord's hand, and emphasized the importance of keeping a close relationship with Him in order to recognize opportunities as they come. "It takes more than prayer to understand when those things happen to you. In order to know that, there has to be a relationship," she said.
Since the fall of 1998, Sister Mikita has written and produced the documentaries that air between General Conference sessions on Sunday. She has traveled through Europe with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, through Spain with President Gordon B. Hinckley, and through Jerusalem with Lex and Peggy deAzevedo, documenting the events of those trips. In 1998 she received an Emmy Award for her documentary, "Gideon's Story."
"As recently as 1997, I never imagined I could be involved in creating documentaries," Sister Mikita said. She was also amazed when the opportunity arose for her to fill the vacated position of Arts and Religion specialist at KSL. "You just never know how you will be involved and swept into something, and not believe how your life can be changed," she said.
Sister Mikita's travels have given her a firsthand view of the rigors endured by President Hinckley. "He is racing around the world," she said. Sitting near him in the celestial room of the Madrid Spain Temple was "one of the most memorable experiences of my life," she said.
Other unforgettable moments occurred as she traveled with the Tabernacle Choir on their tour through Europe. "I took them for granted, until I traveled with them," she said. She related how the choir was repeatedly applauded with standing ovations by hundreds of people. "The strength of the spirit was something to experience," she said.
Sister Mikita said of her experiences: "You ask yourself the question throughout your life: How am I going to do this? The Lord knows that, and He sends people. Then all of these things happen, and you ask, How did I get here?"
Speaking of her career in television broadcasting, Sister Mikita said: "I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do what I do. My job is very visible, but it's no more important than yours. I really believe we're here in this time for an important reason….Your work, whatever it is, is equally important." She also told students, "You have a spirit about you that's just amazing. I didn't know that when I was your age, but it's true."
A convert to the Church, Sister Mikita was baptized when she was 21 years old. Missionaries came to her parent's home in Steubenville, Ohio, when she was nine years old, and her mother was baptized then. Her father, who eventually was also baptized, decided that the children could be baptized when they turned 21 if they still wanted to. Sister Mikita was a student at Ohio State University when she was taught and baptized by the missionaries. "The Gospel wasn't anything new. It just added to what I already knew," she said. She graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.
January 30, 2003