The most noteworthy LDS-related events of 2007 revolve around "presidency" the First Presidency of the LDS Church, and the presidency of the United States.
In voting among Deseret Morning News editors and writers, the change in the church's First Presidency and church member Mitt Romney's campaign for U.S. president were selected as the top news stories for the year among topics about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members.
Tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints gathered on Temple Square and in chapels in various parts of the world on Aug. 14 to say farewell to President James E. Faust. The second counselor in the First Presidency died Aug. 10 at age 87.
He was eulogized during funeral services in the Salt Lake Tabernacle as a man of deep and profound wisdom with "the mind of a lawyer and the compassion of a church leader."
While some expected a quick announcement from church President Gordon B. Hinckley of who would serve as the new second counselor, it didn't come until Oct. 6, during the opening session of the semiannual general conference. Church members sustained Elder Henry B. Eyring, 74, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, to fill that role.
2. Romney campaign
Former Utah Olympic leader Mitt Romney's GOP presidential campaign attracted attention to the LDS Church and not all of it flattering.
Romney's Mormonism was questioned repeatedly throughout the year, leading him to deliver a long-awaited speech on "Faith in America" in December at the George H.W. Bush Library in Texas.
The speech contained few details about Romney's beliefs, focusing instead on the need for religion in public life. He assured voters, however, that he would not allow authorities of any church to exert influence over his presidency.
3. PBS documentary
The two-part, four-hour documentary "The Mormons" was among the most-watched programs on PBS in 2007, and there were almost as many reactions as there were viewers. Award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney didn't take an advocacy position she neither promoted nor railed against the LDS Church but some viewers thought it was a whitewash and others claimed it gave the church a black eye.
4. Mountain Meadows
The church expressed regret for the 1857 tragedy at Mountain Meadows, in a statement read by President Eyring during a 150th anniversary memorial of the event.
Attendance at the service included descendents of the approximately 120 members of an Arkansas wagon train killed during a siege culminating on Sept. 11, 1857, in southwestern Utah.
5. Tabernacle retrofit
The Salt Lake Tabernacle, one of the city's most venerable landmarks, was rededicated March 31.
The 140-year-old building, which housed the church's general conferences from 1867 until the Conference Center was completed in April 2000, was closed in late 2004 for seismic retrofitting and upgrading.
6. City Creek Center
Demolition and excavation work got under way in 2007 for the LDS Church's massive makeover of two downtown blocks the future site of City Creek Center.
The 20-acre development, estimated at more than $1 billion, will bring a mix of residences, retailers and office space to downtown, complete with six acres of landscaped open space and man-made waterfalls and streams representing the historic south fork of City Creek that ran through downtown when Mormon pioneers first arrived in 1847.
No public funds or tithing money are being used for the project, being developed with funding from other real estate ventures by Property Reserve Inc., the church's real estate arm.
7. New apostle
Elder Quentin L. Cook was sustained in October as a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve.
The Logan native, who worked as an attorney and business executive in California before being called as a church general authority more than a decade ago, had been serving in the Presidency of the Seventy since August, as well as executive director of the church's Missionary Department.
8. Ukraine temple
Growth of the Church in Eastern Europe reached a major milestone when ground was broken for the Kiev Ukraine Temple on June 23, the first temple to be built in any country of the former Soviet Union.
9. Million missionaries
In June, the church announced that its one-millionth missionary had entered the Missionary Training Center to begin missionary service.
Nearly 400,000, or 40 percent, of all missionaries called to serve since 1830 have entered the mission field since President Hinckley became church president in 1995.
10. Book of Mormon
News of a one-word change in the introduction to a 2006 edition of the Book of Mormon reignited discussion among some Latter-day Saints in November 2007 about the historicity of the descendants of those chronicled in its pages.
Past editions say all of the people chronicled in the book "were destroyed, except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians." The new introduction reads much the same but says the Lamanites "are among the ancestors of the American Indians."
Contributing: Carrie A. Moore, Lisa Riley Roche, Scott D. Pierce, Greg Hill, David Schneider, Jared Page, Leigh Dethman, Shaun D. Stahle, Sarah Jane Weaver, Tad Walch