‘Jeopardy!’ Host Ken Jennings Takes Contestants to Church With One Question

by Matthew Memrick

“Jeopardy!” host and famous Mormon Ken Jennings schooled his contestants recently the correct answer to a question.

The Deseret News reported on the 47-year-old host’s answer about the correct name of his church. Full disclosure about the newspaper is that Jennings’ church owns that Utah publication.

It was a moment that one “Jeopardy!” fan joked, “Everything in @KenJennings’ life lead to this moment.” And Jennings kind of responded to the three contestants with a little bit of glee with the rare opportunity.

How The Jennings Answer Played Out

The newspaper failed to mention that this recent episode had recent “Jeopardy!” star Amy Schneider in it. Schneider has earned over $1 million in her time during the show.

Anyway, a contestant selected a Religion category for $400. The answer was, “In 2018, the Mormon or LDS Church announced a course correction to stress the full name that mentions the Savior.”

Schneider buzzes in with the first answer, and it’s wrong. She goes with, “What is The Church of Latter-day Saints?”

Jennings said no and moved on to the following answer

“What is The Church of Latter-day Saints of Jesus Christ?” the second contestant said.

Jennings answers no again and teases the person saying it was a closer answer. When the third “Jeopardy!” contestant chooses not to take a stab at the solution, the host puts out the answer with some hand gestures for emphasis.

“It was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Jennings said.

The host was unique in giving the correct answer as a devout Mormon. And it wasn’t out of a told-you-so manner. 

It was more informative than anything else.

Jennings, Mormons Going By New Church Name

Since August 2018, Jennings and Mormons worldwide have gone with the church’s real name instead of nicknames or abbreviations.

That meant that the church changed names of businesses, websites and even came up with a new style guide.

President Russell M. Nelson urged members to use the church’s correct name during an October 2018 conference. He said the new term usage was “non-negotiable” and not a correction, but “a command of the Lord.”

Jennings Weighs In On Schneider’s Success

Even Ken Jennings was amazed at Amy Schneider’s recent hot streak.

On Friday, the 42-year-old Dayton, Ohio native earned $1,019,600 in all-time winnings, joining a rare club.

Jennings added his support, Tweeting, “She did it! And in just 28 games, faster than my pace and tied with Matt Amodio.”

Schneider’s got a ways to go to catch up with Jennings and his success. But she’s acknowledged her fans along the way.

Jennings reportedly is the high-earning American game show contestant, having won money on five game shows including “Jeopardy!” He’s earned $4,522,700.