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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 **
   (July, August, and September of 2024)
  • Scripture joke of the month:    Psalms 83:15 — The Lord owns a Pontiac and a Geo? This verse urges the Lord to “…persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.”   More scripture jokes can be found by clicking here
  •  Hymn joke of the month:  What is the favorite hymn of LDS bread-makers and pastry chefs?  Hymn # 98, “I Knead Thee Every Hour”.   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:  Which of our current temples have been built in pre-existing buildings?
    • ANSWER:  As of July 2024, four of our current temples were built in or from pre-existing buildings.  The first was the Vernal Utah Temple, dedicated in 1997.  It was built in the old Vernal Tabernacle.  The second was the Copenhagen Denmark Temple.  Dedicated in 2004, this temple is a total renovation of the neoclassical Priorvej chapel, which was built in 1931.  The third was the Manhattan New York Temple.   Dedicated in 2004 by President Gordon B. Hinckley, this temple is virtually a building within a building. The original building was a multipurpose stake center built in 1976.  The fourth is the Provo City Center Temple.  Dedicated in 2016, it was built from the shell of the Provo City Tabernacle, which was destroyed by fire in December of 2010.
  • 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.
  • Vocabulary word of the month:   Erudition –  knowledge, learning, or wisdom   Elder James E. Talmage uses this word in his masterpiece, Jesus the Christ, on page 430, line 5. More of Elder Talmages enlightening vocabulary words can by found by clicking here.
  • Unique girl name of the monthPallow.   The parents of this little girl were quite certain that this was a ‘pioneer’ name (?)  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: Remington Buckmaster.   These are the first and middle names of a little boy born here in Utah County.  His father was a seasoned hunter, and he wanted to name his son after his rifle and his hunting knife.  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 quiz:  What faithful LDS apostle does the following information describe:  He served as President of the Salt Lake Temple while serving as an apostle.  He was released as president of the Salt Lake Temple in 1937 and promptly sustained as acting Patriarch for the Church, still serving as an apostle.  He served in that calling for 5 years.  Two of his sons served as stake patriarchs.  Another son, LeGrand, served 4 missions, was bishop of three different wards, served as a stake president, served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church, and was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1952.  Answer: The above information describes Elder George F. Richards, one of the most devoted servants of the Lord in this dispensation.