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Scott Taylor

On the Deseret News staff since September 1984, Scott Taylor has been managing editor, opinion editor, sports editor, Olympic sports editor and an assistant city editor as well as a reporter/writer covering events and issues for the News, Sports, Olympics, Church News, Faith/Ethics, City and Utah County departments/sections. From 2011 to 2014, he took a leave of absence to serve as a Church mission president in Phoenix. A BYU graduate and Pulliam Fellow/intern at the Arizona Republic, he has reported from five continents with coverage from high school sports to five Olympic Games and from local city government and law enforcement agencies to relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He has received numerous local, state, regional and national journalism awards in news, sports, features, columns, headline writing and section supervision.


Local Latter-day Saints expressed joy at the Dec. 3 Miraflores Guatemala City Guatemala Temple groundbreaking services.

Elder Jason Hallock provided hats to patrons of the Springville Utah Bishops’ Storehouse.

“Except for stake presidents and bishops, all married members called to YSA positions should be considered for release,” notice states.

Closures and renovations for three historic buildings on Temple Square in Salt Lake City are slated for 2023.

First temple on U.S. territory island offers hope to Saints weathering life’s storms.

The First Presidency has released the site locations of six temples — three in Brazil and one each in Bolivia, New Zealand, Taiwan.

Activities range from devotional and music program to service project and a movie — with Christmas lights and songs, too.

Morning activities ranged from Thanksgiving songs with a Christmas twist to visiting ill missionaries being isolated in their residences.

A public open house will run from April 15, 2023, through July 8, with President Eyring to dedicate the temple on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Elder Dale G. Renlund greeted attendees at the front door before the three all-in-Portuguese dedicatory sessions.

Elder Dale G. Renlund and Sister Ruth Renlund shared instruction with the Brazil Belém Mission on the day before the Belém temple dedication.

“It’s a dream coming true,” Elder Godoy says of the Belém Brazil Temple and joining Elder Renlund for Sunday’s dedication.

The Belém Brazil and Quito Ecuador temples will be dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 20 — the first two-dedication day in more than 20 years.

Reuniting 60 years later, she tells Elder Uchtdorf — the 21-year-old Sunday School teacher — how he helped her conversion.

Elder Holland to dedicate Richmond Virginia Temple on May 7, and President Ballard to rededicate Columbus Ohio Temple on June 4.

Visits include to Luke Air Force Base, Mesa Arizona Temple, and former home and meetinghouses in Glendale, Arizona.

“Sacred ground” can be a place of learning, prayer, testimony, spirituality, covenant, prayer, change, commitment or more.

For Dec. 25, 2022, only sacrament meetings are to be held; for Jan. 1, 2023, stakes and districts can set another day for fasting.

The state’s second temple was announced last month by President Nelson.

The Church now has 300 temples dedicated, under construction or announced; President Nelson has announced 118 of them.

Ticket requests to attend in person become available Nov. 7, with a maximum allowance of 6 tickets.

Giving-focused vending machines to be in 28 locations across the U.S. and around the world.

During his devotional “intermission,” Elder Bednar emphasized the role of Joseph Smith as the Lord’s instrument in the Restoration.

Located in a suburb of Eugene, the temple will be Oregon’s third, joining temples in Portland and Medford.

Sites for Fort Worth Texas, Knoxville Tennessee, Tampa Florida, Mexico City Benemérito Mexico, San Luis Potosí Mexico and São Paulo East Brazil temples.

Part 2 of Elder Bednar’s ‘That Ye May Believe’ devotional series for college-age Latter-day Saints presented at BYU–Idaho.

See his social-media posts, linking Aug. 28’s Part 1 in Salt Lake City with his Sunday, Oct. 30, devotional at BYU–Idaho.

Three temples are dedicated or scheduled for dedication, while 47 are under construction or scheduled for groundbreaking.

The 150-year-old landmark cemetery in downtown Salt Lake City includes monuments to early Latter-day Saint pioneers.

Construction on the Miraflores Guatemala City, Managua, Querétaro and Torreón temples will follow,