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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.

President Holland’s message in an introductory video shown before open-house tours underscores the blessings of eternal families through temple ordinances.

“All temple events focus on our covenant relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ,” said St. George temple open house committee chair Russ Moody.

Some 30,000 volunteers staffed the nine-week open house, drawing visitors from the region and participants in the Huntsman World Senior Games and St. George Marathon.

Sites are set for the Toluca Mexico and João Pessoa Brazil temples, with a rendering available for the Barcelona Spain Temple.

First Presidency assigns the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve and St. George native to preside at the rededicatory sessions.

The Manti temple is the second pioneer-era temple to be completed and ready for rededication after President Nelson’s April 2019 announcement.

Centenarians Parke and Emily Cox of St. George visited the house of the Lord on the last day of its open-house tours prior to its Dec. 10 rededication.

Set apart on Wednesday, Nov. 15, President Holland succeeds President Ballard as Acting President following the latter’s Nov. 12 death.

As of the Nov. 12 passing of President Ballard, the 15 apostles had served together for 5 years, 7 months and 13 days.

“I pray that someday when I pass to the next world, I may do so with my testimony burning brightly,” said President Ballard in April 2023 general conference.

The Idaho Falls Idaho, Oakland California, St. George Utah and Mesa Arizona temples highlight in survey that looks at “peaceful” mentions in trip reviews.

In social media posts Friday, Nov. 10, the 99-year-old President of the Church said his recovery has been rigorous: “I have needed your prayers.”

Scheduled to start July 1, 2024, the 36 new missions will be in seven U.S. states and 20 other countries.

Members of the Missionary Executive Council highlighted President Nelson’s prophetic call to serve and the enthusiastic responses by youth and seniors.

Site is set for the Viña del Mar temple, announced just last month by President Nelson; Grand Rapids temple rendering comes a year after its site was released.

The temple begins its open-house phrase, beginning with Monday’s media briefing and tours.

Besides seeing others as God sees them, do we also pause to see ourselves as God sees us?

Also, a policy adjustment now allows prospective missionaries to submit applications 150 days before availability date.

With the house of the Lord under construction, Texas is home to five dedicated temples and two more in planning; the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area alone has three temples.

Locations are for the Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Winchester Virginia and Vienna Austria temples.

The gathering the night before the temple dedication draws leaders from Cambodia to Indonesia to Pakistan, who are charged to help their members be “recommended to the Lord.”

The release of the photos and video coincide with the temple’s media day, which kicks off the open-house phase.

Elder Rasband paid special tribute to the roles of the last 3 Church presidents in the coming of the Bangkok Thailand Temple.

Temple dedication brings focus on missionary work and conversion in the ‘60s and ‘70s as well as the future generations of Thai Latter-day Saints.

Elder Tai, Asia Area president, will preside at the Nov. 25 event and offer the dedicatory prayer on the site and construction process.

To be dedicated by President Henry B. Eyring, the temple will be the Church’s second house of the Lord in St. George, Utah.

“We affirm that He calls upon all of us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and we pray for a peaceful resolution of all conflicts,” statement says.

The house of the Lord in Modesto begins construction phase a day before the Feather River California Temple is dedicated.

Hungary’s first house of the Lord is one of 21 total temples in Europe and among the eight that are in planning and design.

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