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Scot and Maurine Proctor

Meet Author Scot and Maurine Proctor
After receiving her education from University of Utah and Harvard, Maurine Jensen Proctor, the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Meridian Magazine, began her writing career with McGraw Hill Magazines and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has created award-winning television documentaries, has written a radio show for more than six years that played on 300 radio stations, and was a long-time writer of The Spoken Word for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She, and her husband, Scot, have written several books together, including Witness of the Light, Source of the Light, Light from the Dust and The Gathering. They also edited a new version of Lucy Mack Smith's biography of her son called The Revised and Enhanced History of Joseph Smith by His Mother and The Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt. They were formerly the editors of This People magazine. Maurine has been a part-time Institute teacher for the past 13 years and is the mother of eleven children and grandmother of three.
Author's Published Articles
2014-08-13

This week we've been in Israel photographing scenes from the life of Christ, using actors who are Nazarenes. They have the love...

2014-07-23

Getting to Zion was a prize worth any sacrifice. "I can die quietly without any complaint," thought the old and weak ones, "if ...

2014-06-06

The Monte L. Bean Life Science museum in Provo is the best place to travel all over the world without leaving home....

2014-05-21

Chandra Akhikari was married two weeks after he came home from his mission to a woman he'd never met....

2014-03-07

You have to be brave—and maybe a little crazy-- to chair and direct the youth cultural celebration for a temple dedication. ...

2014-03-07

Four Arizona youth find something special at the temple cultural celebration...

2014-03-06

The accident happened the day before he was to give his farewell address in church....

2014-03-05

Sometimes the miracle isn't in sparing the rain, but in sending it....

2014-03-03

In this photo essay, see the largest temple the Church has built in 17 years. It may also be one of the most beautiful....

2013-12-24

Come to that holy scene where He was born by taking a photographic tour of an international nativity display....

2013-08-09

President Joseph Fielding Smith used to pray daily for Joseph Smith's posterity. Elder M. Russell Ballard said he couldn't go t...

2013-08-06

Runners had something on their minds besides catching their breath at a 5K celebrating Dr. Nathan Smith, the doctor who saved J...

2013-06-10

Meridian readers continue to be generous as we are now just $1,100 short of our push for $4,800. If only 25 readers send in $4...

2013-05-29

It’s hard enough to be in the last few days of your senior year of high school, but add to it the anticipation of already hav...

2013-05-24

President Monson once said of his wife, "There was no chink in her armor; there was no guile in her soul; there was no flaw in ...

2013-03-27

If ever I was ‘endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights,’ this is it—to be born with a mom and dad. ...

2013-03-13

You thought obscure Lone Peak High School was just the home of the number one basketball team in the nation—but it is also ho...

2013-01-03

A year-long course could easily be taught on the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Prophet Joseph gave 4 accounts o...

2012-11-19

The City Creek Center, Salt Lake’s premiere shopping center directly across from Temple Square, has just put on its Christmas...

2012-11-02

Never has the LDS Conference Center had a more enthusiastic or warm audience than for Luz De Las Naciones, a cultural celebrati...

2012-09-26

See the temple with new eyes through the lens of the camera as the sun rises....

2012-09-25

The light in the faces of these youth is the most beautiful part of the Cultural Celebration....

2012-08-20

President Monson's birthday celebration was a tribute to 85 years of service and love. Come and be a part of it through photo...

2012-08-15

The Brigham City Temple was built to have an historical feel in keeping with the pioneer town where it is located. Take a visu...

2012-07-06

If to keep freedom, you have to celebrate it, Provo did a rip-roaring job this Fourth of July....

2012-07-06

If to keep freedom, you have to celebrate it, Provo did a rip-roaring job this Fourth of July....

2012-05-14

What was once a scene of weeping has become a place of joy....

2012-05-10

Sometimes you are privileged to see pure joy. This photo essay captures one of those times....

2012-05-08

The Kansas City Temple Dedication was a day never to be forgotten....

2012-05-07

Every temple dedication is remarkable, but this weekend the dedication of the Kansas City Missouri Temple was particularly stun...

2012-03-23

City Creek Center has opened in downtown Salt Lake City. Come and see this new gathering place through stunning photographs an...

2011-12-19

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas show is viewed by 4 million people each year on PBS....

2011-10-31

Take your first look at Salt Lake’s City Creek Center, which has been under development and construction for eight years....

2011-09-07

Scot and Maurine Proctor are leading another tour to the Holy Land and invite you to come along. There are only a few days lef...

2011-07-27

After over 14 years’ research and nearly two years in the writing, possibly the most extensive doctrinal works on Zion is now...

2011-07-06

Christ was in the Garden of Gethsemane when a string of torchlights came up the Mt of Olives, a multitude of armed soldiers led...

2011-06-29

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, like your mother’s apple pie, signifies all that’s good about America, so it comes as no surpr...

2011-02-04

“He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them tha...

2010-07-28

Welcome to the new Meridian. We have a fresh, new look and we are already hearing that you love it and find it very user-frien...

2010-06-11

Every missionary to the Philippines is asked when he leaves, “When will you be back?” No one likes much to admit it, but f...

2010-04-22

A day or two prior to the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum, Parley is prompted by the Spirit to prematurel...

2010-03-18

Parley describes one more malicious lawsuit against Joseph Smith...

2010-03-04

Notice for a general ­conference—­Extract of a letter from Elder Orson Hyde in ­Jerusalem—­Extracts from my farewell ad...

2009-11-14

In the fall of 1805 the breezes were blowing in a new awakening. The earth itself and all her inhabitants were about to enter a...

2009-09-15

The challenges of photographing the places that Parley knew came with some adventures the Proctors didn’t anticipate....

2009-04-27

Photography by Scot Facer Proctor...

2009-04-27

What do we know about the translation of the Book of Mormon? The closest witnesses to the event shared details you may not know...

2009-04-27

Just to set your foot there, for a son or brother to plant a crop and call it home, for a baby bearing your name to catch its f...

2009-04-27

Exciting new evidence points to a forested refuge in the corner of Arabia....

2009-04-27

Christopher Columbus was fulfilling prophecy....

2009-04-27

Many years before the First Vision, the Lord was speaking to the Prophet Joseph's Father....

2009-04-27

Meridian's editors talk with some LDS musical pioneers and innovators-artists charting the course for future generations of fel...

2009-04-27

Some of the most poignant pioneer stories happened to children....

2009-04-27

In the fall of 1805 the breezes were blowing in a new awakening. The earth itself and all her inhabitants were about to enter a...

2009-04-27

Plug Your Business Into the World Wide Web. Meridian Magazine offers a new service that helps you find other Latter-day Saint b...

2009-04-27

Even the coldest heart is moved by the events that took place in the Carthage Jail in June, 1844....

2009-04-27

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is launching an aggressive program to put as many as 600 urgently needed tempor...

2009-04-27

Little did we know when we set up camp in an obscure field in Haiti that it would be the place where a baby would be born and d...

2009-04-27

For one High Priest Group Leader, Francy Saint-Preux of the Croix-des-Missions Ward, this devastating earthquake that has hurle...

2009-04-27

When devastation and catastrophe strike at your home, community and entire nation, where do you turn for comfort? In many cases...

2009-04-27

At an LDS Church service in Haiti, you might think everything was normal if you didn't know that nearly all the members are sle...

2009-04-27

Getting the 66 orphans out of Haiti was akin to the parting of the Red Sea. It should have been impossible....

2009-04-27

When 125 Latter-day Saints arrive in earthquake-torn Haiti in the middle of the night, they are going to need some help right a...

2009-04-27

What do you do when about 200 of the who's who in Washington, D.C. get together for a Christmas gathering--and 160 or more of t...

2009-04-27

It is a long-standing tradition and a heritage of good will for an ambassador to flip the switch and turn on the 500,000 Christ...

2009-04-27

Despite the noise and upheaval in the world, the succession of the presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint...

2009-04-27

Over 2,500 delegates from more than 60 nations--among them many Latter-day Saints--have converged in Mexico City for the World ...

2009-04-27

We could hardly believe what the Spirit whispered to us about our son....

2009-01-13

"I Had Seen a Vision" Joseph Smith History 1: 1-26 ...

2008-02-16

Exciting new evidence points to a forested refuge in the corner of Arabia....

2008-02-01

Our Last Respects for President Hinckley...

2008-01-29

We, who have come so much to rely on President Hinckley's goodness and vision, pretended that he could continue to defy time. W...

2007-07-19

Parley finds a group of committed Christians in the town of Bolton, but when he tries to preach to them he is interrupted by he...

2007-07-12

Parley talks of a general conference in Manchester, England. He returns to retrieve his sick family in America. Parley brings h...

2007-06-28

While serving as a missionary in England, Parley writes a hymn and participates in the compilation of the first hymnal for the ...

2007-06-21

Parley rejoins his family in Illinois and moves to the new townsite of Nauvoo. He gives wonderful accounts of his personal conv...

2007-06-14

In this chapter, Parley masterfully juxtaposes sample newspaper reports from Missouri and New York with the feelings of the peo...

2007-06-07

Parley describes seven grueling days in July, 1839 as he is making his way across Missouri escaping from prison. He becomes lo...

2007-05-31

Parley describes in detail his dangerous journey upon his escape from prison. He also describes the escape of W.W. Phelps and ...

2007-05-24

An entire chapter is devoted to the description of one day, the Fourth of July, 1839. On this day, Parley's plan to escape his...

2007-05-17

Parley receives a change of venue from Richmond to Boone County, Missouri. One passage in the Book of Mormon gives him great c...

2007-05-10

Parley describes in detail the Richmond, Missouri prison and talks about the conduct of the guards. He receives several visits ...

2007-05-10

After seven months in a filthy prison, Parley directs a letter of redress to Judge Austin King. Parley lays out clearly the unj...

2007-04-26

Parley, trapped in prison and sorely missing his wife, pours out his soul to God....

2007-04-19

Hyrum Smith gives a sworn statement before the Nauvoo Municipal Court on his and Joseph's imprisonment in the Liberty Jail and ...

2007-04-12

This extract of a petition addressed to the legislature of Missouri, dated Dec. 10, 1838, Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, ...

2007-04-05

In one of the most famous scenes of early Church history, Parley describes the blasphemous and filthy language and horrible tre...

2007-03-29

Major-General Clark delivers a speech to the citizens of Far West promising the Latter-day Saints that their leaders, including...

2007-03-22

Parley describes the massacre at Haun's Mill, as witnessed by Joseph Young (brother of Brigham Young)....

2007-03-15

Entrusted by his captors with the run of the town, Parley is tempted to take advantage of the situation and make his escape...

2007-03-08

The Extermination Order is put into full force. Joseph Smith and others are betrayed, taken prisoner at Far West and sentenced ...

2007-03-01

The Battle of Crooked River is recounted by Parley, wherein Apostle David Patten is killed. Acting on the extermination order f...

2007-02-22

Parley moves to Missouri. A celebration of the 4th of July is held in Far West. Mobs are on the move throughout Western Missour...

2007-02-15

Parley's precious wife, Thankful, gives birth to their son and passes away. Parley loses the love of his life. He returns to Ca...

2007-02-08

Parley has a vision in the which the Lord talks to him and gives him instructions. Great signs are shown in the heavens. Parl...

2007-02-01

Parley is blessed to perform a remarkable miracle. A debate is set up, thousands attend and Elder Orson Hyde defends the Church...

2007-01-25

Parley's work in Toronto continues. Details of his preaching and the conversions of John and Leonora Taylor and Joseph Fieldin...

2007-01-18

After two dramatic answers to prayer, Parley is directed to Christians in England who are seeking the truth. Among them is a ma...

2007-01-04

Parley is called on a mission but has no means whatsoever to leave. His new house, under construction, is engulfed in flames an...

2006-12-28

Zion's Camp marches a thousand miles, from Ohio to Western Missouri, to redeem Zion. The Prophet Joseph teaches his followers a...

2006-12-21

After being outfitted by the providence of the Lord, Parley undertakes an arduous journey, where he takes part healings and oth...

2006-11-30

Misfortune befalls the Saints in Missouri. Parley rushes to the aid of his compatriots, finding that some 203 Latter-day Saint ...

2006-11-22

Parley preaches without purse or scrip, converting some and confounding others. One notable naysayer refuses to be convinced....

2006-11-16

Attend conference — Instantaneous healing — Return eastward — Description of the inhabitants on the south side of the Mis...

2006-11-09

Conference at Kirtland — Revelation of the high priesthood — Ordinations to the same — Appointment of missions through th...

2006-11-03

It was the most important day in the history of the country, and on this day, a woman remembered her grandmother, a little boy ...

2006-11-02

Parley participates in a miraculous healing of a young woman in Kirtland....

2006-10-27

When President Gordon B. Hinckley asked that youth cultural celebrations be part of all future temple dedications, he hoped tha...

2006-10-26

Visit the Delawares of Kansas — Interview with the chief and council — Speech and reply — Great excitement — Opposition...

2006-10-24

Finland has never hosted a meeting quite like this one. On October 21, in a suburb of Helsinki, 3500 Latter-day Saints, chattin...

2006-10-23

Something wonderful has happened here in Finland, and it's nothing short of a miracle. With the arrival of the Helsinki Finland...

2006-10-19

Mission to the western states — Visit to the Indians — Wonderful success in Kirtland, Ohio — Journey westward — Great e...

2006-10-12

Interesting meetings — Second interview with Hyrum Smith — Visit to the Church in Seneca County — Baptism, confirmation, ...

2006-10-05

If you haven't been reading Parley P. Pratt's Autobiography, this chapter is where you need to start. Herein Parley is guided b...

2006-09-28

Revisit Canaan, N.Y. — Interesting meeting — Marriage — Return to my forest home....

2006-09-21

Reverses—Loss of our farm—Strange resolve—Travels west—Forest life—Another new farm...

2006-09-14

Thoughts on religion — Join the Baptist church — Strange perversion of a scripture promise....

2006-09-07

Parentage — Childhood — Youth — Education — Early impressions — Journey westward — Making a new farm in the wildern...

2006-08-31

Join Parley on the Erie Canal as the Spirit moves him to get off the boat. Go to England and see the gospel expand in a new nat...

2006-08-24

If you have read the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, you will love this book all the more. As you come upon stories and event...

2006-07-23

They were trapped in molasses, lost on the trail, and adopted by Indians. These three amazing tales of children who trekked wes...

2004-09-22

Today, September 22, is another very significant date in the history of the Church. The visits of the Angel Moroni continued wi...

2004-09-21

We love thinking about history on the very date an event took place. It is appropriate that we publish to you, today and tomorr...

2004-06-22

Radio City Music Hall has never had more performers than when 2400 LDS youth gathered to celebrate the Manhattan Temple Dedicat...

2004-06-17

Come and see a comprehensive photographic essay of the day of dedication of the Manhattan New York Temple. June 13, 2004--A day...

2004-04-05

Illinois lawmakers last week passed a resolution detailing the history of the Latter-day Saints' experience in Illinois and exp...

2004-03-16

John Whitmer, one of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, left the church and stayed behind in Nauvoo. These many generations l...

2001-08-03

My first visit to the Joseph Smith Farm in Manchester, New York was 32 years ago. I felt the Spirit then, and I felt the Spirit...

2001-07-19

From trying to capture a photo of the inside of a church in Philadelphia through a small hole in a stained-glass window to hand...

2001-04-23

Maurine Proctor had two grandmothers in her mother's line who died and are buried in Winter Quarters. She will always remember ...

2001-03-23

In this excerpt Parley documents an experience he had being arrested and detained because of his work as a missionary in an are...

2001-01-10

In 1995-96, Meridian's editors, Scot and Maurine Proctor went into the LDS Church archives, pored over Lucy's original dictatio...

2001-01-02

Lucy Mack Smith's book is considered one of the most significant histories of early Church history, a moving first-hand account...

2000-12-20

It was the bleak midwinter of 1844-45, only months since her sons Joseph and Hyrum had been murdered by a gloating mob in Carth...

2000-07-23

Those wheels west toward a distant mountain valley called Salt Lake and a dream called Zion were so much a part of the thinking...

0000-00-00

Britain has played a central role in the history of Mormonism and many there are becoming increasingly aware of their own spiri...


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July 26, 2010

With all our hearts we welcome you to the new Meridian—Meridian 3.0 (the third major iteration of Meridian Magazine).&nbs...