Stories By Scott Taylor

'Everything will be fine': How embracing language barriers, inadequacies brought this Church leader closer to God Elder Ricardo P. Giménez, of Antofagasta, Chile, is one of ten General Authorities called during April 2019 general conference.
Elder Ricardo P. Giménez and Sister Catherine Giménez pose for photos at the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 8, 2019. Elder Giménez was called to be a General Authority Seventy.
St. George Utah Temple renovation plans, renderings announced Renovation plans and renderings were announced for the St. George Utah Temple, the latest of the Church’s “pioneer-era” temples to receive upgrades and updating, in a Wednesday, May 22, news conference in the temple’s visitors' center.
A rendering of the new temple annex for the St. George Utah Temple. The temple will close Nov. 4 for extensive renovations.
Full-time missionary serving in Mexico City dies of asphyxiation in his apartment Elder Andrew Carr, 19, who was serving in Mexico City, died Saturday, May 18, of asphyxiation in his apartment due to a faulty water heater near the shower in his apartment.
Elder Andrew Carr, age 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Saturday, May 18, 2019, of asphyxiation in his apartment. He was serving in the Mexico Mexico City Northwest Mission.
Church donates $4 million to nine U.S. refugee resettlement agencies for third straight year For the third consecutive year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated a $4 million grant to nine national refugee resettlement agencies in the United States.
Sister Sharon Eubank, president of Latter-day Saint Charities, right, and Shawn Johnson, second fro left, director of Humanitarian Services, present a grant from the Church for humanitarian needs to Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, second from right, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), and Nina Zelic, left, senior director for LIRS Programs, on May 14, 2019.
A box, a pearl and Kinshasa: What 1 of President Packer's parables teaches about temple ordinances To answer those who see the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple as rather plain and nondescript, Elder Dale G. Renlund cited President Boyd K. Packer's parable of the box and the pearl.
The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple.
Of ministering, missionaries and memories: Elder Uchtdorf visits Germany, Austria Peace can be found at all times and in moments of disappointment or uncertainty, said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of his recent ministering, meeting with missionaries and revisiting memories with the Görlitz Branch.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf share a smile while surrounded by members following a sacrament meeting and branch conference with the Görlitz Branch on April 28, 2019, in Görlitz, Germany.
How an 1879 Mass held in the St. George Tabernacle sparked today's Latter-day Saint/Catholic partnerships Today's partnerships between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Catholic Church date back to 1879, when the St. George Tabernacle and St. George choir hosted Catholic miners for one of the first Masses celebrated in Utah.
Bishop Oscar A. Solis (center, at podium), Catholic Diocese, Salt Lake City, speaks on the topic of Building Relationships Between Faith Communities at the Historic Interfaith Tribute at the St. George Tabernacle in St. George, Utah on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center opens, will be a 'golden spike' for Latter-day Saints With its April 30 dedication and May 6 formal opening, the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center just took out 40 stake family history centers throughout the city and in surrounding areas. And that’s a good thing.
Visitors to the April 30, 2019, dedication services of the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center walk throught the interactive media on the main floor.
FamilySearch is celebrating International DNA Day this Thursday. Here's how you can be a part of it A series of FamilySearch-sponsored classes and online webinars — on DNA Day, celebrated nationally and internationally on April 25 — will provide information and answers on DNA testing and results as they relate to family history.
To celebrate International DNA Day, FamilySearch is holding an event in Salt Lake City and online to help individuals discover their genetic relatives and to broaden their genealogy research.
Following Sri Lanka bombings, Church's Asia Area presidency offers words of sorrow, comfort Following Sunday's devastating bombings in Sri Lanka that have resulted in more than 200 deaths, the Asia Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement expressing sorrow and comfort.
Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. More than hundred were killed and hundreds more hospitalized with injuries from eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, the worst violence to hit the South Asian country since its civil war ended a decade ago.
How 3 members helped the Church be officially recognized in DR Congo "Pioneer" Latter-day Saints in DR Congo include individuals who were converted in Europe before returning home and those who learn about the Church from books well before formal organization and recognition in the country.
David M. Kennedy, second from left, a special representative of the First Presidency, and Oscar W. McConkie Jr., fourth from the left and in the back, legal counsel for the Church, were key in helping get official recognition in 1986 for the Church in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). They are joined by, from left, a Mr. Minani of the Zaire intelligence office; Mucioko Banza, Mbuyi Nkitabungi, Régine Banza, Sister Jean Hutchings, Judith McConkie and Elder R. Bay Hutchings.
What Church leaders and members are saying about the new temple in DR Congo Local leaders from Kinshasa comment on what the new temple in the Democratic Republic of the Congo means to members there.
Elder Kevin S. Hamilton of the Seventy, with his wife, Sister Claudia Hamilton, participate in the cornerstone ceremony of the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple, along with the members of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency — Elder Joseph W. Sitati, Elder S. Mark Palmer, Elder Joni L. Koch — and their wives.
Temple dedication 'a dream' for Latter-day Saints in DR Congo — here are highlights from the event Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in three sessions on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Latter-day Saints gather outside the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple on its dedication day, Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Elder Renlund invites youth in DR Congo to dedicate their 'whole life' to the Savior Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles underscored the importance of the temple during a Saturday afternoon youth devotional held in anticipation of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple dedication.
With the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in the background, youth pose for a photo prior to an afternoon devotional with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
First Presidency announces new Church Historian and Recorder, Commissioner of Church Educational System The First Presidency has announced the call of Elder LeGrand Curtis Jr. as the next Church Historian and Recorder, and Elder Paul V. Johnson to return as Commissioner of Education.
Elder LeGrand Curtis Jr., left, will begin serving as the Church Historian and Recorder beginning Aug. 1, 2019. Elder Paul V. Johnson will return to serve as Commissioner of the Church Educational System, a calling he previously held from 2008 to 2015.
First Presidency releases Church's 2018 statistical report The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the annual statistical report concerning the growth and status of the Church as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Latter-day Saints stand and sing with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City during the morning session of the 189th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
The Rome Italy Temple Visitors' Center: Teaching the gospel in direct sight of the temple The Rome Italy Temple Visitors’ Center offers a multimedia experience — from the centuries-old style of artwork featuring marble statues and stained-glass panels to the most modern video displays and interactive graphics.
Visitors wander through the visitors center during dedication of the Rome Italy Temple in Rome, Italy on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
A sacred spirit: Remembering what temple announcements are really about Receiving and rejoicing over temple announcements at general conference can be done in the same sacred spirit they are presented by a prophet of God.
Carole Taylor Olsen, third from right, is joined by her children — from left, Scott, Lori, Mitch, Alan and Aaron — at the August 2016 open house of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple.
New temples haven't always been announced in general conference. Here's a breakdown of how that's changed Temple announcements have come in a variety of ways throughout the Church's history. Learn more about how that's changed over the years.
Dedicated in 1983, the Mexico City Mexico Temple was the nation's first temple. It will be rededicated on Sept. 13, 2015, following a nearly two year renovation period.
More 'The SafetyZone' videos for missionaries now available through Church's Media Library Missionary safety videos made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are now available to watch online.
The Church's new missionary safety video series is patterned after a fictitious studio show called "The SafetyZone," with hosts talking about safety principles and showing "highlight" clips.