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“General Authorities information &

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 LDS information and doctrine  — basic and general information about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its doctrine
  • 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
  • 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 2022)
  • Scripture joke of the month:  A food fight described in the scriptures?  Apparently so — Zechariah 5:1 states, “Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.”  More scripture jokes can be found by clicking here.
  • Hymn joke of the month:  What is the favorite hymn of Latter-day Saint weight lifters?  It must be Hymn # 243 — “Let Us All Press On”.     More hymn jokes can be found by clicking here.
  • Engravo of the month:  Alma 30:9 — “Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege; OR RATHER, IF HE BELIEVED IN GOD IT WAS HIS PRIVILEGE TO SERVE HIM;”  The engraver apparently didn’t convey his desired thought well in the first phrase.  A rearranging of the words in the second phrase make the desired thought clear.  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:  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. The river was a mixture of snow, water, and ice.  The snow was three feet deep at the water’s edge.  Wilford didn’t mind the cold water, for he had found the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  He later had another experience with baptism in an icy river.  Can you name the circumstances of the second icy experience?
    • ANSWER:  Jonathan and Olive Hale, friends of Wilford Woodruff, asked him to baptize their oldest child, Aroet.  Many years later, Aroet wrote the following in a journal: “My father [Jonathan Hale] took the axe along and cut a large hole in the ice.  Elder Woodruff got down into the water and baptized me and several other children.  My name being Hale, and being baptized in ice water, froze me into the Church and I am still with it, thank God!”
  • Quote of the month:  “On our dusty roads to Jericho, we are beset upon, wounded, and left in pain.  Though we should help each other, too often we pass to the other side of the road, for whatever reason.” — Elder Gerrit W. Gong, April 2021 General Conference.
  • Vocabulary word of the monthblandishment  —  ‘a flattering or pleasing statement or action used to persuade someone gently to do something’.   This word is used by Elder James E. Talmage in his classic book entitled “Jesus the Christ”.  It can be found on page 635 line 21.  More vocabulary words can by found by clicking here.
  • Unique girl name of the monthKenalou.    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: Pyston.   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:   Presidents Harold B. Lee and Spencer W. Kimball shared the same birthday (March 28th).  President Lee was born on that day in 1899 and President Kimball was born on that day in 1895.  President Lee was called to serve as an apostle on April 10, 1941 and President Kimball was called to serve as an apostles on October 7, 1943.  They sat next to each other in the Quorum of the Twelve for many years, and probably easily remembered each other’s birthdays.