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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints information” website

 (as well as a website containing several other intriguing topics)

Compiled by Michael Taylor of Provo, Utah

The main purpose of this website is to present interesting and instructional information about the General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (past and present), temples, missionary work, and growth of the church.  Several other topics, both church-related and non-church-related, are included, all of which are listed in the menu below.  Hopefully, this material will not only be informative, but uplifting, inspiring, and entertaining as well.

  1. This website is not sponsored by nor endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Michael Taylor is solely responsible for its content. 
  2. To share a suggestion, comment, or correction, please send me an email at  [email protected] .  
  3. Click on a light blue topic listed below to navigate to a desired section.
  4. Clickable links found at the bottom of each page allow navigation of the website
  5. Please notice the “Entertaining Quizzes & Quips of the Month” section that follows the main menu.


                                                   * Main Menu, items listed alphabetically *

  • “Answers To Gospel Questions” — a guide to the doctrinal 5-volume set by President Joseph Fielding Smith, the 10th President of the Church
  • Basic information and doctrine  — basic and general information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its doctrine, principles, and history
  • Church growth — statistics regarding the growth and expansion of the church in this dispensation
  • Challenging questions — scriptural answers to challenging doctrinal questions, and “The Trial”
  • ‘Engravos’ — Description of and references to possible engraving errors found throughout the Book of Mormon
  • General authorities — facts and figures about our General Authorities of this dispensation
  • Glen L. Rudd Foundation — information about a wonderful charitable foundation honoring Elder Glen L. Rudd
  • “Jesus The Christ” and “The Life of Christ” vocabulary words — erudite words used by James E. Talmage and Frederic William Farrar in their landmark books
  • Missionary matters – stories, articles, and other material pertaining to missionaries and missionary work
  • Names, unique — unusual or uncommon names, of individuals and of family groups, that I have collected over the years
  • Our Savior  — various items and topics relating to the Lord, Jesus Christ
  • Personal items —  books read, half-marathons run, astronomy, math problems, Spanish, English, KnoWhy index, Operation On Target
  • Quizzes — entertaining quiz questions dealing with General Authorities, church history, and general topics, to test your acumen
  • Scripture chains — a wide-ranging collection of scriptures related by topic or doctrine, and organized into ‘chains’
  • Scriptures — commentaries, stories, scripture mastery verses
  • Stories, quotes, jokes, puns, sermons — entertaining stories, quotes, scripture jokes and puns, including knee-slappers and groaners; also talks
  • Talks, Classic — classic, timeless talks and sermons by our inspired General Authorities
  • Temples and Visitors’ Centers — varied interesting information about latter-day temples and numerous visitors’ center                   

**  Entertaining Quizzes & Quips of the Month **
   (April, May, and June of 2024)
  • Scripture joke of the month:    Acts 27:43-44 — Paul was a surfer? Apparently so. In Acts 27:43-44 it describes how, after a shipwreck, Paul and others got safely to shore on boards.   More scripture jokes can be found by clicking here
  •  Hymn joke of the month:  What is the favorite hymn of LDS candy-makers and confectioners?  Hymn # 147, “Sweet Is My Work”   More hymn jokes can be found by clicking here.
  • Engravo of the month: Alma 43:38 — “While on the other hand, there was now and then a man fell among the Nephites, by their swords and the loss of blood, they being shielded from the more vital parts of the body, OR THE MORE VITAL PARTS OF THE BODY BEING SHIELDED FROM THE STROKES OF THE LAMANITES, by their breastplates”  This is one of the classic engravos in the Book of Mormon.  It appears the engraver engraved a phrase that made no sense (“they being shielded from the more vital parts of the body”) and needed to add a fairly long phrase to correct the error in the first phrase.  More engravos (as well as an explanation of what an engravo is) can be found by clicking here.
  • Church history quiz of the month:
    • QUESTION:  How many temples were dedicated and operating when President Russell M. Nelson was born in 1924, and how many temples are now announced, under construction, or dedicated as he approaches his 100th birthday in September 2024?
    • ANSWER:  There were just 6 operating temples world-wide when President Nelson was born (St. George, Logan, Manti, Salt Lake, Laie, and Cardston), and as of April 10, 2024, we have 350 temples announced, under construction, or dedicated!
  • Quote of the month:  “Salvation cannot be bought with the currency of obedience; it is purchased by the blood of the Son of God. Thinking that we can trade our good works for salvation is like buying a plane ticket and then supposing we own the airline.”  — Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
  • Vocabulary word of the month:   Sagacity – having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd.    Elder James E. Talmage uses this word in his masterpiece, Jesus the Christ, on page 107, line 8. More of Elder Talmages erudite vocabulary words can by found by clicking here.
  • Unique girl name of the monthSemaj.   This name is pronounced ‘see-madge’ and she has a twin brother named James.  Look closely at the two names.  These names are legitimate names encountered by the proprietor of this website. I am not passing judgement on the names. I simply consider them unique.  More unique names can be found by clicking here.
  • Unique boy name of the month: Awstyn.   This is the first name of a young boy here in Utah.  It is pronounced the same as Austin.  This name and all others seen on this website are legitimate names encountered by the proprietor of this website.  I am not passing judgement on the names. I simply consider them unique.  More unique names can be found by clicking here.
  • Another interesting Church history fact:  Wilford Woodruff was baptized into the church on December 31, 1833, at age 26.  He was baptized in an icy river in upstate New York. He stated that the river was a mixture of snow, water, and ice.  The snow was three feet deep at the water’s edge.  Wilford stated that he didn’t mind the cold water, for he had found the true gospel of Jesus Christ.