Stories By Scott Taylor

Here's why the Church has decided to close 4 international MTCs While missionary training centers in Spain, Chile and the Dominican Republic were recently closed, a higher percentage of new missionaries will be trained in international MTCs compared to the Provo MTC.
Elder Fernando Armindo Zuca, left, and Elder Jorge Gabriel, right, work with other missionaries on a lesson at the Brazil Missionary Training Center in São Paulo, Brazil on Thursday, May 24, 2018.
4 principles to help Latter-day Saints make righteous choices, according to Elder Cook Speaking at a Utah Valley Institute devotional, Elder Quentin L. Cook offered four principles for making correct spiritual choices and cited Alma's counsel to his sons and teaching of repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shakes hands with staff, faculty and students after a Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, devotional at the Utah Valley Institute on the Utah Valley University campus in Orem, Utah.
Fire destroys Latter-day Saint meetinghouse near St. George Utah Temple An early morning fire on Jan. 26 destroyed a stake center under construction across the street from the historic St. George Utah Temple.
Fire departments from St. George, Utah, and around Washington County work to control a fire at the under-construction St. George East Stake meetinghouse Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.
Why MTC presidents, managers are off to 'a good start' after the 2019 MTC Leadership Seminar The 2019 MTC Leadership seminar marked the first time new MTC presidents and wives were trained alongside their MTC managers, as MTC presidents learned the differences in their roles and those of MTC manager and mission president.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and chairman of the Church's Missionary Executive Council, addresses MTC leadership couples and managers of operations during the 2019 MTC Leadership Seminar on Jan. 15 at the Provo Missionary Training Center.
Learn everything you need to know about the symbolism of the statues in the Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center From keys to a bag of money to an eagle, there are all kinds of symbols found on the 12 ancient apostles statues by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.
Bertel Thorvaldsen's statue of Peter, one of the 12 apostles, holds keys at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The 12 apostles statues were carved out of Carrara marble between 1829 and 1848. Replicas of the statues are now on display in the Rome Temple Visitors' Center in Italy.
A look at how the Christus and 12 Apostle statues went from Copenhagen to the Rome Italy Temple grounds A monumental effort has gone into bringing these classic statues to the visitors' center in Italy.
Replicas of Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen's Christus and 12 apostle statues are on display in the Rome Temple Visitors' Center in Rome, Italy, on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
First rendering released for San Juan Puerto Rico Temple An artist rendering of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple, the third temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Caribbean, was released Saturday, Jan. 12.
An artist rendering of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple. The rendering was released Saturday, Jan. 12.
Fortaleza Brazil Temple open house, dedication dates announced Open house and dedication dates for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple has been announced by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Rendering of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.
1 year, 5 continents and 55,000 miles later: A quick look at President Nelson's travels in 2018 President Russell M. Nelson has been on seven ministering travels and tours during his first year as Church president. Here's a month by month breakdown of the places he's been and the messages he's given along the way.
President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greet the Vargas family at the Hyde Park Visitors Center in London on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The boys are Juan David Vargas Saavedra, right, and Joseph Daniel Vargas Saavedra.
Of the recently announced temples, 85 percent are international. Here's why that matters International temples have been covering the globe like never before. Take a look at where they've been and what to expect in years to come.
The Sao Paulo Brazil Temple.
Sunday School general presidency talks about how to approach 'Come Follow Me' 2019 curriculum The Sunday School general presidency discusses their insights on and hopes for the 2019 curriculum.
A study of the scriptures, supported by the new resource Come, Follow Me — For Individuals and Families, is the suggested course of gospel study at home.
Church announces creation of 4 new missions, dissolving of 12 others Four newly created missions have been announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with 12 existing missions being dissolved into neighboring missions.
Missionaries watch President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to a missionary meeting in Montevideo, Uraguay on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the creation of four new missions and the dissolving 12 existing missions. With these changes, announced on Jan. 2 and beginning July 1, there will be 399 missions worldwide.
Incredible view of the Rome Italy Temple centers this family's life on the gospel With a view of the new Rome Italy Temple through their apartment windows, the Salerno family is eager to apply the patterns of the new "home-centered, Church-supported" gospel study program in their home.
View of the Rome Temple from the Salerno's apartment in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.
19 Latter-day Saint temples were announced this year. Here's a look at dedications, groundbreakings in 2018 Two new temples were dedicated in 2018, and with the announcement of 19 new temples this past year there's a lot more to look forward to.
Preparations are completed for the dedication of the LDS Concepcion Chili Temple in Concepcion, Chili on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
Open house, rededication dates set for Oakland California Temple Dates for a public open house beginning May 11 and a June 16 rededication have been announced for the Oakland California Temple, which closed earlier this year for renovations.
The Oakland California Temple is set for a public open house from May 11 through June 1 — excluding Sundays — prior to its rededication on June 16, 2019.
The temple in Italy is already a point of curiosity in Rome — and that's a good thing The combined efforts of members and missionaries over the decades have helped bring a temple to Rome, and that temple in turn will bless the lives of members and help foster additional opportunities for missionaries in years to come.
Elder Bryce Dickey and Elder Travis Wagstaff talk to a man as part of their finding efforts in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Dominican Republic MTC to close in January 2019 The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center is closing next month, joining two other of the Church's MTCs previously announced as closing effective January 2019.
The Dominican Republic Missionary Training Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Full-time Peruvian missionary dies from illness while serving in Bolivia A full-time missionary from Peru serving in Bolivia passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, following a brief illness.
Flags are displayed at the missionary training center  in Lima, Peru on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. A full-time missionary from Peru died on Wednesday, Dec. 5 due to a brief illness.