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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.


New Area Seventies sustained with 50 identified for release on or before Aug. 1.

Of the 118 he has announced in the past 5 years, 3 are dedicated, 4 are scheduled for dedication and 43 are under construction.

Released Monday, March 27, the rendering release comes just two weeks after the site location was made public.

The groundbreakings are for the Belo Horizonte Brazil, Papua New Guinea Port Moresby and Port Vila Vanuatu temples, with the latter one rescheduled after postponement.

Elder Rasband to dedicate the first temple not only in Thailand but on the Southeastern Asia mainland.

Due to various circumstances, Church leaders are not always able to greet many — if any — after conferences or devotionals. But when they do, the interactions are memorable.

Produced by the Church’s European areas and featuring violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and narrator Louis Herrey, the concert airs now through mid-April.

Latest relief aid includes food boxes — with items appropriate for the Muslim-observed Ramadan — and mobile health clinics.

Unexpected challenges, setbacks move anticipated completion from previously announced 2025 date.

Elder Soares to preside at Oct. 8 dedication in Yuba City, California’s first temple dedication in nearly 17 years.

Church announces location of the Huehuetenango Guatemala Temple, releases exterior rendering for the Tampa Florida Temple.

Tours begin with the March 20 media day, as Church and project leaders talk about the temple’s design and purpose.

The Church closed all temples worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then instituted a 4-phase plan to cautiously reopen them over the next 2 years.

Elder and Sister Andersen complete a 9-day ministry visit to Brazil, returning to the land and people they love and speaking to members, missionaries and government leaders.

The temple will be the Church’s third house of the Lord in the western U.S. state.

Elder Cook will preside at the temple’s dedication, with an Aug. 4-19 open house planned.

The 26-year-old full-time missionary passed away in the hospital after feeling ill.

At the heart of Elder Andersen’s interactions and the most powerful expressions were the Apostle’s teachings and testimonies of the Savior Jesus Christ.

Elder Andersen presents Book of Mormon, while Sister Andersen shares tender moments and expressions with Rosângela Lula da Silva.

The new site announcement is the latest milestone for Brazil’s total 18 temples — operating, scheduled for dedication, under construction or announced and in planning.

First Presidency announces date for Idaho’s 9th temple, with Elder Ryan K. Olsen assigned to preside at the services.

“Keep your language dignified and avoid using slang,” says the handbook “Missionary Standards for Disciples of Jesus Christ.”

The Apostle and his wife embark on 9-day ministry with weekend meetings with members, leaders and missionaries.

State of emergency declared following severe tropical Cyclone Judy, with a second bearing down.

Individuals, families and friends invited to all five sessions, with in-person attendance again to be limited because of Temple Square construction.

The list — from conference and devotional messages — is featured at the end of the 2023 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction.

Elder Bednar, Elder Gong lead discussion with focus on sequences, being yoked to the Savior and personally relating to Lehi’s experience with the brass plates.

‘Apostles are missionaries, too — full time, until we die,’ says Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who focused on the Restoration and ‘Preach My Gospel.’

The temple is one of 18 in Brazil that is operating, under construction or in planning and design.

Elder Maxwell Fish, 19, of San Antonio, Texas, was stabbed in the neck Friday, Feb. 24, in Popayán, Colombia.