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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.


First Presidency releases renderings for Lone Mountain Nevada, McKinney Texas and Birmingham England temples.

The site location for the Vancouver Washington Temple has been released, less than 5 months after the new house of the Lord was first announced.

First Presidency announces the change to Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple just days before the temple’s end-of-day Feb. 24 closure.

The First Presidency released the location of one of the five houses of the Lord in the state of Florida.

The Brayton meetinghouse is making way for a resized, reconstructed and relocated Anchorage Alaska Temple.

Elder Christofferson expressed hope his missionary listeners experience the same joy and redemption through Christ that they help deliver to others.

Some 800 construction team members attended the “topping-out” ceremony — the placement of the final reinforcing steel pyramid atop the iconic house of the Lord.

First Presidency announces a 5 p.m. rededication session for Sunday, April 21, with wards and branches in the temple district to hold regular Sunday meetings.

Dedicated in October 1994, the Orlando temple was the first house of the Lord in Florida.

Elder Cook will dedicate the state’s 2nd temple on Oct. 13, with an open house planned for Aug. 29 through Sept. 14, excluding Sundays.

First Presidency releases renderings for the Natal Brazil and Teresina Brazil temples, which were announced just 10 months ago.

Whether in sports or “game of life,” compassion can supersede competition and play into Church President Russell M. Nelson’s invitation for “Peacemakers Needed.”

The house of the Lord is one of Mexico’s 24 total temples dedicated and operating, under construction, or announced and in planning.

Directive for 2024 and going forward: Sacrament meetings only on Easter Sundays and a Sunday before or after Christmas.

“He loves us and wants us to come home,” said Elder Shayne M. Bowen, presiding at the Jan. 27 groundbreaking for what will be Tennessee’s third temple.

The Cusco Peru Temple will be at an Andes elevation of above 11,000 feet, and the Iquitos Peru Temple will be in an isolated port city on the Amazon.

The second house of the Lord in St. George, Utah, begins its open-house phase with media day Monday, Jan. 29.

The Presiding Bishop listed three specific faiths — in oneself, in the people one meets and teaches, and in God and Jesus Christ and the Savior’s Atonement.

The La Paz temple will be 1 of 3 houses of the Lord in Bolivia — 1 operating in Cochabamba and 1 with an announced site in Santa Cruz.

President Nelson’s recalls his October 2023 general conference message with social media posts on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Elder Christofferson’s dedications of the Lima Peru Los Olivos and Orem Utah temples make for a rare back-to-back combination.

The Cuernavaca temple is one of Mexico’s 24 total temples dedicated, under construction or in planning.

The Taylorsville Utah will be dedicated on June 2, the Cobán Guatemala Temple on June 9 and the Salta Argentina Temple on June 16.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson recounts Parley P. Pratt’s 1851 prophecy as he dedicates the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple, Lima’s 2nd and Peru’s 4th.

A look at the Lima Peru and Lima Peru Los Olivos temples as well as other cities with two houses of the Lord and areas with temples in close proximity.

At a Provo MTC devotional, Elder Soares invited missionaries “to embrace this principle right now at the beginning of your mission and feed it in your heart for the rest of your life.”

The exterior renderings offer the first look at the Bakersfield California, Londrina Brazil and Ribeirão Preto Brazil temples.

Several plaza areas will reopen Jan 6, and the Assembly Hall will close.

The 8 groundbreakings are the fewest since 2018, but the Church has 53 temples awaiting dedication or under construction and 96 announced temples still in planning.