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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  **
   (January, February, and March of 2022)
  • Scripture joke of the month:  The scriptures tell us the name of Heavenly Father’s personal riding horse!  Do you know the horse’s name?  Turn to 2 Nephi 28:15 and you will read, “Woah, woah, woah, BE UNTO THEM, saith the Lord God…”.  Thus, the horse’s name must be ‘BE UNTO THEM’.  The horse must be somewhat free-spirited if the Lord has to tell him three times to WOAH!    I admit I took a few liberties with the spelling of the word ‘wo’.  More scripture jokes can be found by clicking here.
  • Hymn joke of the month:  What is the favorite hymn of Latter-day Saint candy-makers and confectioners?  Probably hymn # 147, “Sweet Is My Work”    More hymn jokes can be found by clicking here.
  • Engravo of the month: Alma 50:32 — “Now behold, the people who were in the land Bountiful, OR RATHER MORONI, feared that they would hearken to the words of Morianton”. This is another classic engravo.  The engraver simply engraved the wrong place name, and corrected the misprint with an additional 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:  Which brother in early church history is described by the following facts:  1) He is the great-grandfather of Franklin Harris, the president of Brigham Young University from 1921 to 1945   2) He is the great-great-grandfather of Dallin H. Oaks, president of Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1980 and current apostle and member of the First Presidency   3) He was the brother of Martin Harris.  
      ANSWER: The above facts describe Emer Harris, Martin Harris’ brother.  It should be noted that President Oaks’ middle name is ‘Harris’.
  • Quote of the month:  “My heart overflows with gratitude for my Heavenly Father.  I realize that He has not doomed His children to stumble through mortality without hope for a bright and eternal future.  He has provided instructions that reveal the way back to Him.  And at the center of it all is His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, and His atoning sacrifice for us..” — Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, apostle in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Vocabulary word of the monthaphorism  — an aphorism is a pithy phrase or observation that contains a general truth, such as ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  This word is used by Elder James E. Talmage in his classic book entitled “Jesus the Christ”.  It can be found on page 195 line 3, page 306 line 31, or page 546 line 10.  More vocabulary words can by found by clicking here.
  • Unique girl name of the monthBurgundy.    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: Orzello.  I encountered this name as I was doing my daily family history indexing yesterday. 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 incredible Church history fact:   As we complete the year 2021 and move into 2022, the average age of the members of our wonderful First Presidency is 91 years 9 months (President Nelson is 97 years 4 months old, President Oaks 89 years 5 months old, and President Eyring 88 years 7 months old).  This is by far the oldest average age of any of our previous First Presidencies of the Church.