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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 — my journals, 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  **
   (October, November, December of 2021)
  • Scripture joke of the month:  There were orchestras in New Testament times?  Apparently so.  Acts 10:1 mentions a man named Cornelius, who was a centurion of the band called the Italian band…”.  I wonder what instrument Cornelius played?  More scripture jokes can be found by clicking here.
  • Hymn joke of the month:  What is the favorite hymn of Latter-day Saint air freshener salesmen?  It must be hymn # 140, “Did You Think To Spray?”.   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: At one point in our church’s history, we had two apostles serving in the First Presidency who both had sons serving in the Quorum of the Twelve, and each of the two sons later served as President of the Church. Can you name the two fathers and the two sons?
      ANSWER: On April 7, 1910, John Henry Smith was sustained as 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency.  His 2nd cousin, President Joseph F. Smith, was serving as the President of the Church. Both of these brethren had sons serving in the Quorum of the Twelve.  George Albert Smith was the son of John Henry Smith and Joseph Fielding Smith was the son of Joseph F. Smith.  Both of these sons later served as President of the Church.
  • Quote of the month:  “Be patient with yourself.  Perfection comes not in this life, but in the next life.  Don’t demand things that are unreasonable, but demand of yourself improvement.  As you let the Lord help you through that, He will make the difference.” — President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Vocabulary word of the monthmunificent  — larger or more generous than is usual or necessary.  This word is used by Elder James E. Talmage in his classic book entitled “Jesus the Christ”.  It can be found on page 562, line 2.  More vocabulary words can by found by clicking here.
  • Unique girl name of the monthTiphaniee.  This name is pronounced the same as Tiffany.   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: Zydian.  This is the first name of a young boy in Utah County.  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.
  • Another incredible quiz question:  QUESTION: What very interesting 50-year anniversary was noted in the summer of 2021 that included all three members of our current First Presidency (Presidents Nelson, Oaks, and Eyring)?
    ANSWER: Incredibly, Russell M. Nelson was sustained as the General Superintendent of the Sunday School Organization of the Church on June 27, 1971, Dallin H. Oaks was installed as the President of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on August 1, 1971, and Henry B. Eyring was installed as the President of Ricks College in Ricks, Idaho on July 1, 1971.  This information was brought to my attention by Louis Epstein, and I present it with his permission.