With the Deseret News since 1984, Church News managing editor Scott Taylor has filled reporter, editor and manager positions in news, sports, Olympics, opinion and faith. A BYU graduate and Pulliam Fellow, he has reported from six continents, receiving state, regional and national awards for reporting, headline writing and section supervision.

Today, President Russell M. Nelson surpasses President Gordon B. Hinckley as the oldest leader of the church.
President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, joined by Bay Area native Elder David A. Bednar, rededicated the Oakland California Temple on Sunday, June 16, 2019.
A youth devotional featuring President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles drew 3,000 youth to the grounds of the Oakland California Temple.
For the first time, a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been dedicated outside of the United States by an apostle native to that country.
Renovation plans and renderings have been announced for the St. George Utah Temple, the latest of the Church’s “pioneer-era” temples to receive upgrades and updating.
With its April 30 dedication and May 6 formal opening, the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center is augmenting the numerous stake family history centers throughout the city and in surrounding areas.
The Kinshasa DR Congo Temple comes just 32 years after the Church received official recognition in the country then known as Zaire, began meetings and witnessed the first of many baptisms.
“We are the gatherers” and “You can do this” were the common, repeated themes offered by Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, during a Saturday keynote address during Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City.
From safety on the street to fighting germs and avoiding the criminal intent of others, a new video series released today by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is designed to increase the safety of the 65,000 currently serving full-time missionaries as well as those yet to serve.
An 18-year-old missionary from Utah serving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic passed away Wednesday morning after falling from the roof of his apartment building.
Nearly two months after releasing an official statement regarding the proper name of the Church, President Russell M. Nelson revisited the “course correction” in his concluding address of the Sunday morning session of the October 2018 general conference.
The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered his first public comments about the direction given last week to focus Latter-day Saints on Jesus Christ and the correct name of the church.
Nearly a century and a half after it was originally planned, constructed and dedicated by 19th century pioneers, a renovated St. George Tabernacle was rededicated Saturday by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve.
President Russell M. Nelson announces the retirement of “home teaching” and “visiting teaching,” to be replaced by “ministering.”
A reduction in the number of key indicators that missionaries record and report and changing references to home and visiting teaching to ministering are examples of updates to the online version of “Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service.”
In its first reporting of the 1978 revelation on priesthood, the _Church News_ cited the extensive media attention given and a telegram sent by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. But the report’s most powerful words were responses from black members to the news.
As for temples underscoring the importance of families, President Henry B. Eyring had his own a connection to the temple’s original dedication in 1981.
The LDS Church issued a statement Thursday in the wake of media reports emerging of a mission president’s misconduct several years ago in Puerto Rico.
Two people were killed and four LDS Church missionaries were injured in a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon near Preston, Idaho.
The LDS Church has set Friday, June 1, as the date for a 40th anniversary global commemoration of what is commonly referred to as “the revelation on the priesthood.”
President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced seven new temples at the close of the faith’s 188th Annual General Conference, including the first-ever temples in India, Russia and Nicaragua.
Presidents Russell M. Nelson and Dallin H. Oaks of the LDS Church’s First Presidency and a pair of vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are the common denominators for the church’s April general conferences in both 1984 and 2018.
Nearly a decade after its gasp-inducing public announcement, the LDS Church’s Rome Italy Temple is approaching its proverbial finish line, with the faith’s First Presidency announcing dates for its open house and dedication for early 2019.
Here is how the LDS Church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve were constituted going into the April 1984 and the upcoming April 2018 general conferences, along with a timeline of changes in the 34 years.
Survival for eight days after a horrific hurricane, left with limited supplies, then evacuated, reassigned and released. Now they are returning a handful at a time. This is the six-month story of Mormon missionaries on Puerto Rico.
Ensign, the LDS Church’s adult magazine, has announced it will discontinue its month “First Presidency Message,” a feature since the inaugural January 1971 issue.
In a stretch of six hours, St. Thomas Branch President Steve Richards and his wife, Kim, host three pairs of visitors — a missionary couple, officials with LDS Charities and Church welfare and a pair of journalists — dealing with hurricane rec
LDS Church leaders guiding the media through the newly renovated Jordan River Utah Temple on Monday took time to underscore the spiritual benefits of the sacred edifice and not just its new interior features and remodeling.