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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.


Guatemala’s third house of the Lord — to be dedicated on June 9 by Elder Dale G. Renlund — began its tours with an April 22 media day.

The 2 Utah temples were announced just 2 weeks ago; the Tampa site is a new location for that temple.

Elder Vaiangina Sikahema, a General Authority Seventy, will preside at the June 1 groundbreaking ceremony.

A house of the Lord in Kananga was first announced by President Nelson in October 2021.

The new house of the Lord is the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ second in Utah in 6 days to begin its open-house phase.

"The garment of the holy priesthood is a sacred symbol of Jesus Christ and is a reminder of our covenant relationship with Him and Heavenly Father," wrote the First Presidency.

Breakdowns include announcements by date and year; current status; and first, multiple and total temples in specific areas, countries, territories and states.

The first counselor in the Young Women general presidency asked Provo MTC missionaries to consider: "Do I really believe that another person’s soul is as precious as my own?"

Simon Gibson’s yearlong royal appointment in the southern Wales county was not only one of authority and formality but also interfaith, service and compassion.

The rededication will be a single session at 5 p.m., with wards and branches in the temple district to hold regular Sunday meetings.

Tuesday’s media day comes just two days after the April 2024 general conference that included messages about temples and covenants.

How the releases and sustainings done in April 2024 general conference impact the Presidency of the Seventy, with a look at changes in membership over the past decade.

"The temple is the gateway to the greatest blessings God has in store for each of us," said the Prophet, who has announced 168 of the Church’s 350 total houses of the Lord.

“I invite you to pray to know Heavenly Feather is there, pray to grow to become like Him and pray to show His love to others,” said President Susan H. Porter.

“Words matter,” said Elder Ronald A. Rasband, underscoring the impact of words from the Lord and His prophets and one’s own words.

Having someone other than a First Presidency member conduct conference sessions may not be the normal pattern, but it isn’t unheard of.

Elder Paul V. Johnson is called as the new Sunday School general president, effective Aug. 1, 2024, with Chad H Webb and Gabriel W. Reid as counselors.

Elders Ardern, Bowen, Johnson, Nielsen, Nielson, Ochoa, Sabin and Schmutz will be given emeritus status on Aug. 1, 2024

The 11 new General Authority Seventies sustained during the Saturday morning session of April 2024 general conference hail from 8 different countries.

The new Area Seventies were sustained Thursday, April 4, with 52 identified for release on or before Aug. 1

The Church of Jesus Christ has eight temples currently under renovation or reconstruction, from the Salt Lake Temple dedicated 130 years ago to temples only a quarter-century old.

The house of the Lord "lies at the center of strengthening our faith and spiritual fortitude because the Savior and His doctrine are the very heart of the temple," Bishop Gérald Caussé said

Of the 153 temples President Russell M. Nelson has announced in the past six years, 11 have been dedicated, seven are scheduled for dedication, and 40 are under construction.

Together, the 6 maps show the status of each house of the Lord worldwide — dedicated, under construction, under renovation, or announced and in planning.

New feature in Leader and Clerk Resources allows local leaders to assist Church members in gathering information on deceased family members to do proxy baptisms and confirmations in the temple.

Interior and exterior photos of what will be Mexico's 14th dedication house of the Lord were released on Monday’s media day.

Announced in October 2021, the Tacloban temple is one of 13 houses of the Lord dedicated, under construction or in planning for the Philippines.

St. George, Utah, will be home to the Church of Jesus Christ’s oldest and newest houses of the Lord — the historic St. George Utah Temple, dedicated in 1877, and the Red Cliffs Utah Temple, to be dedicated Sunday, March 24.

The Lord has said He will “remember [sins] no more," so why do we remember our past mistakes?