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Friday, May 1, 2015

Montreal Quebec Temple Rededication Announced/Star Valley Wyoming Temple Groundbreaking/Temple Progress

The First Presidency today announced the rededication date for the Montreal Quebec Temple. The 86th operating temple will have an open house from November 5-November 14, not including Sunday November 8. The open house date range surprised me because it is only 9 days. But I guess that's enough time for that area. A cultural celebration will be held on Saturday November 21, and the temple will be dedicated the next day in three sessions.. As with other temples dedicated this year, the dedication services will only be broadcasted to saints within the temple district. The temple serves saints in Quebec and Ontario Canada and the US state of Vermont. This brings the number of temples that will be dedicated or rededicated this year to seven, with one more possible (Provo City Center). Depending on whether or not the new Provo temple gets dedicated this year, next year we could see as many as 10 temples dedicated or rededicated.

Also, I neglected to report that ground was broken for the Star Valley Wyoming Temple last Saturday by Craig C. Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy. It is anticipated that the temple will be completed in mid-2017.

This puts its anticipated completion date ahead of that of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. The anticipated Brazilian temple has experienced delays in the commencement of construction initially because of local opposition that the Church had to get around. Once that was quelled, it had to be redesigned to fit in with the city's plans for the area in which it will be built. Only just now is a construction team being assembled. So hopefully the Church will be able to meet its goal of completing it by sometime in 2018, if not sooner.

As I mentioned before, all but five temples announced have a site announced. (Urdaneta Philippines, Durban South Africa, Abidjan Ivory Coast, Port-Au-Prince Haiti and Bangkok, Thailand.) Of the temples that have had a site announced, three are very close to having a groundbreaking announced. (Tucson Arizona, Cedar City Utah, and Concepcion Chile). The remaining six announced could have their groundbreaking either this year or next year.

Also, the Church News has started posting about those called as new temple presidents for this year. Except for those temples that will be completed at some point this year, all new temple presidents will begin serving on or around November 1. Not counting any temple presidents that may be announced in the latest edition of the Church News that will be featured in the Deseret News tomorrow, 15 new temple presidents have been called thus far.

After having given the above updates, I feel it appropriate to post the latest edition of my list about temple construction progress. It's something I enjoy doing very much, and it is my hope that this list can be informative and instructive to my readers. All temple status updates are reworded from information on ldschurchtemples.com, which, though it is not an official Church website, nevertheless has all the latest information about temples. Since the webmaster of this site has a pipeline to Church headquarters, I trust the site implicitly, though some may be unwilling to trust it at all because it is not an official website of the Church.

That said, here's the list:

Temples Undergoing Renovation:
26. Mexico City Mexico Temple: Scheduled to be rededicated Sunday September 13, 2015.
86. Montreal Quebec Temple: Scheduled to be rededicated Sunday November 22, 2015.
91. Suva Fiji Temple: Anticipated to be completed in early 2016.
33. Freiberg Germany Temple: Anticipated to be completed in mid-2016.
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Anticipated to be completed in late 2016.

Under Construction:
145. Cordoba Argentina Temple: Scheduled to be dedicated Sunday May 17, 2015.
146. Payson Utah Temple: Scheduled to be dedicated Sunday June 7, 2015.
147. Trujillo Peru Temple: Scheduled to be dedicated Sunday June 21, 2015.
148. Indianapolis Indiana Temple: Scheduled to be dedicated Sunday August 23, 2015.
149. Tijuana Mexico Temple: Scheduled to be dedicated Sunday December 13, 2015.
154. Provo City Center Temple: Projected to be completed in late 2015-early 2016.
150. Rome Italy Temple: Projected to be completed in mid-2016.
155. Hartford Connecticut Temple: Projected to be completed in mid-2016.
156. Fort Collins Colorado Temple: Projected to be completed in mid-2016.
151. Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple: Projected to be completed in mid-to-late 2016.
152. Sapporo Japan Temple: Projected to be completed in late 2016.
157. Paris France Temple: Projected to be completed in late 2016.
158. Meridian Idaho Temple: Projected to be completed in mid-2017.
159. Star Valley Wyoming Temple: Projected to be completed in mid-2017.
153. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Projected to be completed in 2018.

Announced:
167. Tucson Arizona Temple: Construction approval phase; general contractor selected; groundbreaking pending.
169. Cedar City Utah Temple: Local government approval phase; site plan presented at January 2015 meeting; groundbreaking pending.
160. Concepcion Chile Temple: Approval phase; temple and site design plans complete; groundbreaking pending.
161. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Planning and approval phase; land purchase finalized; groundbreaking pending.
168. Arequipa Peru Temple: Planning and approval phase; final piece of land for temple site acquired; groundbreaking pending.
164. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Planning and approval phase; temple and site designs complete; groundbreaking pending.
163. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking pending.
166. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking pending.
170. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking pending.
162. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
165. Durban South Africa Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
171. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
172. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
173. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.

I think I've "sounded off" enough about temple news for now. It's late, and I need to get to bed. Hope you all are doing well and enjoying my blog posts still. Stay tuned for a general update that will be written either tomorrow or Sunday. Thanks for your readership. I love being able to share my thoughts about my life and Church news with all those interested. Until I write again, all the best!

PDF of May 2015 Ensign is available

I am pleased to be able to announce that the PDF of the May Ensign is now available. Featured for the first time is a page containing highlights from the conference. Also, from this conference Ensign on, the General Women's Meeting will be featured first, as it is now officially the first session of General Conference. Before each Conference Ensign comes out, I make predictions about what the table of contents will look like. I then compare it to the table of contents in that Ensign and put the corrections in parentheses. I will include my latest one to demonstrate what I'm talking about.

Possible Table of Contents for May 2015 Ensign
(Text in Parentheses indicates what actually was)
Session
Page
Title
Speaker

2


Conference Summary for 185th Annual General Conference


3
Indexes


(4)
(Highlights from the 185th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

GW
4
(8)
Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth
Cheryl A. Esplin

7 (11)
The Family Is of God
Jean A. Stevens

10 (14)
Defenders of the Family Proclamation
Bonnie L. Oscarson

14 (17)
The Comforter
President Henry B. Eyring
SAM
18 (22)
“Is Not This the Fast That I Have Chosen?”
President Henry B. Eyring

22 (26)
The Plan of Happiness
President Boyd K. Packer

25 (29)
We’ll Ascend Together
Linda K. Burton

28 (32)
The Parable of the Sower
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

32 (36)
Choose to Believe
Elder L. Whitney Clayton

35 (39)
Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World
Elder L. Tom Perry
SAA
38 (43)
The Sustaining of Church Officers
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

40 (45)
Church Auditing Department Report, 2014
Kevin R. Jergensen

41 (45)
Statistical Report, 2014
Brook P. Hales

42 (46)
Therefore They Hushed Their Fears
Elder David A. Bednar

46 (50)
Why Marriage, Why Family
Elder D. Todd Christofferson

50 (54)
The Music of the Gospel
Elder Wilford W. Andersen

53 (56)
Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying
Elder Dale G. Renlund

56 (59)
Truly Good and without Guile
Elder Michael T. Ringwood

59 (62)
The Lord Is My Light
Elder Quentin L. Cook
SPH
63 (67)
The Greatest Generation of Young Adults
Elder M. Russell Ballard

67 (70)
Yes, We Can and Will Win!
Elder Ulisses Soares

70 (77)
Fatherhood—Our Eternal Destiny
Larry M. Gibson

77 (80)
On Being Genuine
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

81 (84)
Priesthood and Personal Prayer
President Henry B. Eyring

85 (88)
The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift
President Thomas S. Monson
SUM
89 (91)
Blessings of the Temple
President Thomas S. Monson

93
Returning to Faith
Rosemary M. Wixom

96
Seeking the Lord
Elder Jose L. Teixeira

98
Is It Still Wonderful to You?
Bishop Gerald Causse

101
Waiting for the Prodigal
Elder Brent H. Nielson

104
Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

108 (107)
The Gift of Grace
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
SUA
112 (111)
Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom
Elder Robert D. Hales

115 (114)
Stay by the Tree
Elder Kevin W. Pearson

118 (117)
The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel
Elder Rafael E. Pino

120 (119)
Thy Kingdom Come
Elder Neil L. Andersen

124 (123)
If You Will Be Responsible
Elder Jorge F. Zeballos

127 (126)
Be Fruitful, Multiply and Subdue the Earth
Elder Joseph W. Sitati

129
The Sabbath is a Delight
Elder Russell M. Nelson

72
General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


133
Conference Story Index


134
(They Spoke to Us:) Making Conference Part of Our Lives


136
News of the Church


144
Last Page of Conference Ensign



I am constantly intrigued by how close and yet how far I come to what actually happened with the predictions I make. The most surprising thing about this table of contents: I didn't think President Monson's Sunday Morning talk would only take up 2 pages. I predicted 4. His talk was shorter than I thought. I am hoping and praying that by next conference, he will be able to give his standard 4 addresses, even if he doesn't speak at the General Women's meeting, which I am predicting he will since he didn't last time. When President Eyring spoke instead, I wondered if President Monson did that so he could speak at the October meeting when we mark the official 20th anniversary of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." At any rate, I am glad for the way the table of contents turned out, and I can hardly wait for the actual physical magazine. I was so excited to see the PDF version finally available after waiting for it for several days that I just had to post. I hope I am not considered a weirdo for all these predictions I like to make. If I am, well, the shoe fits, so I'll wear it. Thanks for reading this post, friends!