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Scott Taylor
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.


It’s not in the Salt Lake Valley or in Ohio, Missouri, Illinois or Iowa; the ward — which dates back to 1837 — may come as a surprise.

Announced in 2022, the house of the Lord in will be 1st in the midwestern U.S. state

Central Europe Area ministry assignment provided Apostle with a chance to revisit and remember, along with participating in member meetings, mission visits and memorials.

President Nelson taught priesthood holders in April 2018 general conference: "Just think of the remarkable assurance the Lord gave us when He said, 'Whomsoever you bless I will bless'" (Doctrine and Covenants 132:47).

In the Church News video titled "Renewed Acquaintances," Elder D. Todd Christofferson shares about returning to Argentina and seeing people he knew as a young, full-time missionary.

"Young single adults" is now the classification for unmarried Latter-day Saints ages 18 to 35, with "single adults" referring to those 36 and older.

Of the Church’s 350 total temples, seven are scheduled for dedication and 43 more have begun the construction phase.

Applications from missionaries serving or training in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties must be submitted online by July 19.

Orlando Florida Temple now closed; Toronto Ontario Temple to reopen in December 2024.

Elder Patrick Kearon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will dedicate the Tallahassee house of the Lord on Dec. 8, 2024; the public open house will run Nov. 4-24.

Having learned Spanish as a young full-time missionary serving in Argentina, the Apostle expressed his testimony in Spanish in this Church News video.

Elder Joni L. Koch presided at the Saturday, June 22, ceremony symbolizing the construction start for one of Brazil’s 23 total temples.

President Nelson announced a house of the Lord for Springfield in April 2023 general conference, making it the third temple for the state.

Elder Alan R. Walker of the South America South Area presidency will preside at the Aug. 17 event, one of three temple groundbreakings scheduled for that day.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke at the 2024 Seminar for New Mission Leaders about conversion being a transformation through Jesus Christ.

“Teaching to build faith in Jesus Christ flows from our missionary purpose,” said Elder Gong during 2024 Seminar for New Mission Leaders.

The new MTC in Kinshasa will open in August 2024 and will serve missionaries speaking or learning French.

The Church’s first house of the Lord in the western European nation will be constructed within an existing building.

Announced in April 2022 general conference, the house of the Lord in Wellington will be the third in New Zealand.

The house of the Lord in Tooele will be Utah’s 23rd dedicated among the 30 total temples in the state.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Salta Argentina Temple on Sunday, June 16.

From full-time missionary to Apostle, Elder Christofferson returns to Salta: "This temple is a testament to me that the Lord has been doing His work here for many years."

After dedicating South America in 1925 for the preaching of the gospel there, Elder Melvin J. Ballard later said the Church would be "as an oak grows slowly from an acorn."

Elder Christofferson to dedicate temple in Salta, where he served as a young missionary in the mid-1960s.

Elder Jorge F. Zeballos offered a prayer dedicating the site and construction process, with the Santa Cruz mayor among those attending the June 8 groundbreaking.

Elder Ciro Schmeil will preside at the August groundbreaking, the second for the Church on that day.

Project leaders spoke of highlighting the Savior’s mission and ministry, honoring pioneer craftsmanship and acknowledging the power received in making and keeping temple covenants.

In this Church News video titled “Wonderful Association,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson speaks of the late Elder Richard G. Scott, who was his mission president in Argentina in the mid-1960s and his fellow Apostle 40 years later.