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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Opening Arrangements Set for the San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple

Hello again, everyone! Because yesterday (Monday) was Memorial Day in the United States, the next major temple construction announcement was deferred to today. We received word of the opening arrangements for the San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple. Let's get right into those details:

A media day will be held for this temple on Monday, September 9, with invited guests touring the temple the following two days. Public tours will be offered between Thursday, September 12, and Saturday, September 28, 2024. Two dedicatory sessions will be held for the temple at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM CDT (Central Daylight Time), which is 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM MDT, on Sunday, October 13,  2024, under the direction of Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple dedication will be held on the same day as the previously announced dedication of the Casper Wyoming Temple and one week prior to the previously announced dedication of the Salvador Brazil Temple. Due to the fact that San Pedro Sula's first dedicatory session begins at 9:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time and Casper's first dedicatory session begins at 10:00 AM MDT, San Pedro Sula will be the first of the two dedicated on that date.

While there were no other major temple construction announcements today, I am grateful we at least got this announcement of the opening arrangements for the San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple. I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. 

All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. 

Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

UPDATED: October 2024 General Conference Speaker Lineup Projection

Hello again, everyone! After I posted my initial predictions for the October 2024 General Conference, I became somewhat unsettled about one aspect thereof: my predictions for GA Seventy speakers. That feeling led me to do more research, from which I discovered that when 9 or more GA Seventies are called in any given April, less than half of them speak the following October, with many of them waiting until the April or October following and at least one speaking 2 years after their initial call.

Based on that, I reconfigured my speaker lineup projections to reflect the fact that I now believe we will hear from 7 "veteran" GA Seventies and 5 of the 11 "new" GA Seventies sustained last April. If I am correct on that, that will take care of all but two of the "veteran: GA Seventies who last spoke in October 2019 (though it will also take care of all the GA Seventies who last spoke the previous April). As far as how I determined who to put where, that just took a bit of research and thought.

Again, maybe these adjustments won't matter to anyone but me, but if any of you are interested in these readjustments, if you have any questions about them, I'd be more than happy to address those. I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. 

All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. 

Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Monday, May 13, 2024

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Groundbreaking Set for the Ribeirão Prêto Brazil Temple; Renderings Released for the Maceió Brazil and Huehuetenango Guatemala Temples

Hello again, everyone! This afternoon, the First Presidency announced updates for 3 temples in Latin America. The updates include a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ribeirão Prêto Brazil Temple and the exterior renderings being released for the Maceió Brazil and Huehuetenango Guatemala Temples. Let's get right into the analysis of this news:

First, the groundbreaking of the Ribeirão Prêto Brazil Temple will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2024, under the direction of Elder Joni L. Koch, the Brazil Area President.  The temple was originally announced in October 2022. The site location was confirmed just one month later, and the exterior rendering for it was just released in January of this year. I was stunned but gratified to hear this announcement. 

This means the groundbreaking announced last week for the Austin Texas Temple will be at least the seventh groundbreaking held this year. And since we'll be reaching the milestone of the seventh 2024 groundbreaking by August 17, the final currently scheduled groundbreaking will be held two months ahead of the seventh groundbreaking held last year (the Fort Worth Texas Temple on October 28, 2023).

I think we will see other temple groundbreakings this year as well. And hopefully many of those will swiftly move to full-scale construction. Having said that, we now move on to the exterior renderings. The Maceió Brazil Temple was announced in April 2022, with the site location confirmed almost a year later. The rendering shows a very Brazilian temple. I will let others make more particular comments on this design if they wish to do so.

The Huehuetenango Guatemala Temple was also announced in October 2022, and its site was also confirmed in March 2023. That temple reminds me of other temples that have been built throughout Latin America. Again, I will defer to others to comment on these exterior renderings if they wish to, primarily because I have visual perception issues that make it harder for me to make distinctions or notice unique features.

With the release of these two renderings, hopefully groundbreakings won't be far behind. And I likewise hope for other temple groundbreakings to unexpectedly be announced. I now have new updates to make to other documents. I think we will see more site locations confirmed during the last two updates of this month. In the interim, it seems likely that any other dedication announcements will potentially be about a month out from today.

Whatever those updates might be for each Monday going forward, you can count on my bringing analysis thereof to you all here as quickly as I am able to make it happen. I likewise continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. 

All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. 

Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Initial Predictions for the October 2024 General Conference

Hello again, everyone! Given the weekend lull in major Church news between now and Monday, when the next major temple construction announcement is anticipated, I have taken the time to put together my initial predictions for the October 2024 General Conference and would like to present those to you now. Let's dive right in! We start, as always, with my projected speaker lineup

As mentioned, the First Presidency will continue to have members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles conduct 3 of the 5 General Conference sessions. Given that Elders Cook, Stevenson, and Renlund did so last time, I am projecting that Elders Christofferson, Andersen, and Rasband will do so this time. This is because the three junior members of the Quorum are still somewhat "green" and in deference to President Holland's health, because Elder Uchtdorf already has experience doing so, and since it is likely that Elder Bednar will do so in future First Presidencies.

I was a little concerned about balancing the first addresses of new GA Seventies with an adequate number of "veteran" GA Seventies, but I think I struck a good balance. It's also worth noting that since the entire Young Women General Presidency spoke to us over the last two General Conferences, I have left them out of the rotation for this go-round, with the other four General Presidencies represented. Other than these notes, the speaker lineup largely speaks for itself.

We now turn to potential changes in general Church leadership. Because so many changes were presented last April, my prediction is that only a few area seventies will be released, with a few more new ones sustained. There is also a possibility, however remote, that the Church could also take the opportunity to release Elder David S. Baxter, who has been on medical leave from his assignments for the last several years. But since he will turn 70 next year, I think it is far more likely that his release will be presented with those others turning 70 in 2025, which will occur in April of next year.

The final element of my predictions for the next General Conference is, of course, potential temple locations. I have expanded that list somewhat for this go-round. For the record, I believe that 20 new temples are likely to be announced. The upcoming General Conference will be most memorable because it will be the first time the Church has had a centenarian prophet and apostle. And with additional temples to look forward to, and with the prospect of 3 apostles conducting 3 of the 5 sessions again, it's going to be amazing, regardless of how correct or incorrect these predictions may be.

I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. 

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below, especially with any questions or comments about any of these predictions. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Monday, May 6, 2024

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Opening Arrangements Announced for the Salvador Brazil Temple; Exterior Rendering Released and Groundbreaking Scheduled for the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple; Groundbreaking Scheduled for the Austin Texas Temple

Hello again, everyone! This afternoon, the First Presidency announced the next major temple construction update. Today's announcement includes the opening arrangements for the Salvador Brazil Temple, the exterior rendering released and groundbreaking scheduled for the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple, and a groundbreaking scheduled for the Austin Texas Temple. There's a lot to unpack here, so let's jump right in!

We start with the opening arrangements for the Salvador Brazil Temple. A media day will be held on Monday, August 19, followed by VIP tours the next two days. From Thursday, August 22-Saturday September 7 (except for the Sundays of August 25 and September 1). The temple dedication will follow on Sunday, October 20, with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presiding at the two sessions at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM UTC (which, unless I am mistaken, is 3:00 AM and 6:30 AM MDT).

I will just note here that the Salvador Brazil Temple dedication comes after the previously announced dedication for the Casper Wyoming Temple, which suggests that no other temple might be dedicated before Casper, and I had hoped one or two other temple dedications would happen before that. I had heard through the grapevine that there were some bureaucratic issues that were delaying the announcement of opening arrangements for this temple, so I'm glad to hear that has been resolved.

I also seem to recall that Elder Andersen served in the presidency of whichever Brazil Area covered Salvador, so this is yet another example of President Nelson recognizing those connections and sending an apostle to a dedication that holds personal significance to them. As a result of today's announcement, I have updated my document showing apostolic temple dedication assignments.

We now move on. The site for the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple site was announced on November 28, 2022. The exterior rendering of the temple largely speaks for itself. I will just note that I see a lot of Spanish architectural elements in the rendering, and with that, I will leave it to others more qualified than I am to comment on the specifics of the rendering. The groundbreaking for Bolivia's second temple will be held on June 8, 2024, with Elder Jorge F. Zeballos, the president of the South America Northwest Area, presiding. 

Given the size of the Santa Cruz Bolivia Temple, I estimate that construction will take roughly 2 years to complete, give or take a few months. We now move on to the groundbreaking for the Austin Texas Temple. Previous reports suggested that that groundbreaking would occur in June. However, it is set to occur on Saturday, August 17, 2024, with Elder Michael A. Dunn, currently the Second Counselor in the North America Southwest Area Presidency, who is set to become the First Counselor in that presidency by the time the groundbreaking occurs.

I likewise project that the construction of the Austin Texas Temple will take roughly 2 years. I can't remember who it was at the moment, but I distinctly remember someone in General Conference urging us to pray for the approvals and construction of temples worldwide. That is something I would likewise strongly encourage from my readers. As a result of today's announcements, there are now 4 temples with scheduled groundbreakings, and I have a feeling more will follow.

The Church seems to have some pattern of alternating site announcements, exterior renderings, and groundbreaking announcements, but I am not sure what that pattern is. The announcements today have given me much to think about, and will necessitate more updates to the files of information that I keep. I will try to remember to link to those updated files here as those updates and adjustments are made.

I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. 

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Monday, April 29, 2024

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Exterior Rendering Released for the Lethbridge Alberta Temple; Preliminary Information Released for the Des Moines Iowa and Cincinnati Ohio Temples

Hello again, everyone! Just before this 2:00 PM hour, the First Presidency released an exterior rendering for the Lethbridge Alberta Temple and the initial details for the Des Moines Iowa and Cincinnati Ohio Temples. There's a lot to get into, so let's dive right in! First, the site location for the Lethbridge Alberta Temple was announced on September 5, 2023

The exterior rendering for the Lethbridge temple, as released today, reminds me a bit of the Burley Idaho and Syracuse Utah Temples, but I will defer to others to share their observations about this newest exterior rendering. That brings us to the two newest site locations announced today. Both temples were just announced earlier this month in General Conference by President Russell M. Nelson. 

The Des Moines Iowa Temple will be a single-story edifice of approximately 18,850 square feet. The temple will rise on a 19.576-acre site at 9050 NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131.  I have mentioned this previously, but Iowa has a Mount Pisgah stake, and the Mount Pisgah name has significance in the pioneer history of the Church. Could the new temple be renamed the Mount Pisgah Iowa Temple? I think there may be more than an outside chance. 

As for the Cincinnati Ohio Temple, a 35-acre site located at the intersection of Mason-Montgomery Road & Cedar Village Drive, Mason, OH 45040 will be home to the single-story edifice, with the square footage estimated to be approximately 29,630. As a result of today's announcements, of the 109 announced temples, 2 have groundbreakings scheduled, an additional 58 have had site locations confirmed, and 49 lack official information. Of the 58 temples with site locations confirmed, 21 have also had exterior renderings released.

Once again, we didn't get any additional temple dedications or temple groundbreakings. But as today's updates clearly note, the Church is working through the approvals process for those 58 temples with site locations that have been confirmed, so at some point, groundbreakings will pick up. As for new dedications, not sure what is delaying an announcement on the Tallahassee Florida Temple. I was alerted to some bureaucratic issues impacting the Church's ability to announce the opening arrangements for the Salvador Brazil Temple, and the San Pedro Sula Honduras Temple just barely had major construction completed.

I think each of these temples could have dedications announced in the next month or two, which would put their dedications likely in October/November. And other temples are also drawing closer to completion. At this point, I'm not too unduly concerned about the lack of dedication/groundbreaking announcements. I would prefer that the Church take their time to get everything done right rather than rushing to get temples to a groundbreaking or dedication and run into problems as a result. I will be sure to monitor any updates I get on any of this on my end and will pass them along to you all here ASAP.

I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. 

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Monday, April 22, 2024

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: New Location Announced for the Tampa Florida Temple; Site Locations and Preliminary Information Released for the West Jordan and Lehi Utah Temples

Hello again, everyone! A few minutes ago, the First Presidency announced the relocation of the Tampa Florida Temple and the site locations for the West Jordan Utah and Lehi Utah Temples. There's a lot to get to, so let's jump right in! 

The site location for the Tampa Florida Temple was originally announced in late October 2022. No reason was given for the relocation, but hopefully approvals will be easier to get on the new location. The single-story edifice of approximately 29,000 square feet will now rise on a 12-acre site at 9445 Camden Fields Parkway, Riverview, Florida. 

The announcements of site locations for the two newest Utah temples caught me off guard a little, as I didn't anticipate them so soon since those temples were just barely announced earlier this month in General Conference. But I am pleased to report that the Lehi Utah Temple will rise a short distance from where I currently live.  The multi-story temple of approximately 85,000 square feet will rise on a 22.48-acre site northwest of the intersection of 3950 North and Center Street in Lehi. 

A meetinghouse will also be built at that location.  The West Jordan Utah Temple will have the exact same square footage and multistory as the Lehi Utah Temple (the two might even be twins). The project will also include a meetinghouse. Both the temple and meetinghouse will rise on a 16.10-acre site at approximately 7148 South and west of Highway 111. 

The fresh-out-of-the-gate announcement of the site locations for the two newest Utah temples may suggest that the Church is already beginning to secure approvals for those temples. If that is the case, hopefully, exterior renderings and groundbreaking announcements can follow shortly. Likewise, hopefully the decision to relocate the Tampa Florida Temple (whatever might have been behind it) will enable approvals to be expedited for that temple.

As a result of today's announcement, I have updated my document showing announced temples for which no information has been officially confirmed yet. Of the 109 announced temples, 51 lack any official information. Given how many temple sites the Church has been able to confirm this year alone, I'm sure other site location confirmations are pending.  While I was working on getting this report ready for publication, the Church News also covered this update. 

I am grateful for this news and to have been able to share it with you all. I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. 

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

BREAKING TEMPLE & APOSTOLIC NEWS: President Nelson Rededicates the Manti Utah Temple

Hello again, everyone! We have breaking temple and apostolic news this evening: after previously announcing earlier this month that Elder Ronald A. Rasband would preside at the single-session evening rededication of the Manti Utah Temple, the official report on that dedication has noted that our beloved prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, actually did so. This is a stunning and welcome development, which hopefully indicates President Nelson's recovery from his back injury is progressing well.

This dedication was personal for both President Nelson and Elder Ronald A. Rasband, who accompanied the prophet. Both apostles have family ties to the Manti area. But for me, it does beg the question: what, if anything, does this indicate about the health of our prophet? To me, it's a positive sign that President Nelson's recovery from his back injury is progressing well. And it may be an indicator that he will be able to gradually resume a normal apostolic ministry.

What will that look like? My gut instinct is to say that President Nelson will allow the other apostles to continue to preside at most temple dedications, and I believe that he and his counselors will also continue to have the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles conduct three of the five sessions of General Conference. But hopefully, it means our prophet may be able to be out among the people more, at least here in the state of Utah.

Whatever this might mean for the future, you can count on my covering it here. In the meantime, I testify to the fact that President Nelson's participation in today's rededication is a clear fulfillment of the promise of the oath and covenant of the priesthood that President Nelson has indeed been "sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewal of [his body]."

I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. 

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Friday, April 19, 2024

BREAKING NEWS: Church Announces 2024-2025 Area Leadership Assignments

Hello again, everyone! This afternoon, the First Presidency officially announced the area leadership assignments that will be effective from August 1, 2024-August 1, 2025. I am in the process of analyzing this announcement and updating some documents as a result of this announcement, and I will have a more in-depth analysis of those changes posted here later this afternoon. For now, my thanks once again to you all.

(Posted at 4:00 PM): After several hours of extensive analysis interrupted by life, I am back to share that analysis with you all here. I have an alphabetical name list of the changes that will be coming to area presidencies, and I also have an alphabetical area list thereof. Those documents should speak for themselves for the most part. 

I would just like to note that this is the first time I know of where three native West African GA Seventies will serve as the presidency of the Africa West Area and that this is the first time I'm aware that the area presidencies are more diversified than they have been in previous years. I am happy to take any questions, feedback, corrections, or requests for clarification on either or both of these documents.

I am grateful for this announcement and for the chance to share it with you all here. I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines. 

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

UPDATED: Analysis of Documents Related to the April 2024 General Conference

Hello again, everyone! In between awaiting the yet-to-be-announced 2024 area leadership assignments and dealing with some ongoing personal health issues, I have not yet published my analysis of documents related to the April 2024 General Conference. It is time to remedy that now. So hang on to your hats! It's going to be a wild ride!

By way of review, I'm linking to the documents showing my predictions for the speaker lineup, changes in general Church leadership and the statistical report, and potential new temple locations. I have taken the opportunity to score these predictions. If any of you need clarification on how I score those predictions, I gave a detailed explanation about that last October

Obviously this time around, I could not have projected that members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles would conduct 3 of the 5 sessions, so for elements I couldn't have predicted, I allowed myself a small margin of error. For example, I had theorized a few days before the April General Conference weekend that the Sustaining of General Authorities, Area Seventies, and General Officers could take place at the beginning of the conference. I gave myself half-credit for that.

As the scorecard shows, my accuracy rate this time around was roughly 60.9%. But given all that happened this conference that I had no way to predict, I will happily take that, as it is on the lower end of my usual accuracy rate (60-80%). If any of you have more particular questions about any elements of these predictions or how I scored them, I will be happy to address those in the comments. After the conference weekend, I updated a few other documents as well. Let's turn our attention to those:

First, I have noted the duration of each address given by each of our current apostles (16 total, including the Sustaining). Those 16 talks have also been added to the document showing individual and group totals of addresses given by our apostles in General Conference. And although I don't know how soon it might be available, I have also put together a possible table of contents for the May 2024 Liahona, which may be made available online in the next week or so.

These are projects I have maintained on my end for several years now. It is a privilege and an honor to share them with you every six months after each General Conference concludes. I hope they are as fun and interesting to you to read as they are for me to maintain and compile them. I anticipate that area leadership assignments might be announced at some point tomorrow, or else early next week, and I of course also anticipate the next major temple news to be released on Monday.

I continue to monitor any and all Church News, Newsroom, and Church of Jesus Christ Temples updates and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as they cross my radar. In the meantime, that does it for now. All comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time, as long as the offered feedback is made per the established guidelines.

I hope any of you who would like to share anything will take your opportunity to “sound off” in the comments below. Please subscribe if you liked what you read here and would like to be informed of newly added posts and comments. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Until my next post, I wish you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.