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Monday, June 13, 2016

New Apostle Song from the Sons of Ammon

The long-awaited day has arrived when the Sons of Ammon have made a new version of the apostles song. You can view that song here. It's even more catchy than my version and is so much better than any creation of mine. Enjoy! For those of you who might prefer my version, for which I've yet to provide a video (any takers? hello! hello! *crickets chirp* didn't think so), you can find it here, and if there are enough requests for it, I will fulfill my promise to post a video of my version here on the blog. Just let me know in the comments below if that's what you guys want. Thanks.

Updated Temple Construction Progress Report

Much has happened on the temple news front, so I am posting an update on the progress that has been made.

Temple Construction Progress (current as of 6/13/16)
Current Temple Status: 150 operating, 16 under construction (5 scheduled for dedication), 11 announced (2 groundbreakings anticipated to be announced soon), 4 undergoing renovation (1 scheduled for rededication).

Dedication scheduled:
151. Sapporo Japan Temple Open house tickets available beginning Monday June 27, @ 10:00 am JST; scheduled to be dedicated Sunday August 21, 2016.
152. Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple: Accepting free reservations for public open house; scheduled to be dedicated Sunday September 18, 2016.
153. Fort Collins Colorado Temple: Finalizing construction in preparation for open house; scheduled to be dedicated Sunday October 16, 2016.
154. Star Valley Wyoming Temple: Pouring walkways and landscape structures; hanging sheetrock, painting walls and adding millwork; scheduled to be dedicated Sunday October 30, 2016.
155. Hartford Connecticut Temple: Building entrance plaza and temple president’s residence; granite cladding nearing completion; scheduled to be dedicated Sunday November 20, 2016.

Under Construction:
156. Paris France Temple: Installing lamp posts; planting trees and plants; attaching exterior stone to visitor’s center wing; completion anticipated sometime in early 2017.
157. Meridian Idaho Temple: Stained glass windows installed; pouring parking lot curbing; completion anticipated sometime during late 2017.
158. Cedar City Utah Temple: Exterior panels attached to main body of temple; light poles installed in north parking lot; completion anticipated sometime during late 2017.
159. Tucson Arizona Temple: Roofing the dome; completion anticipated sometime between late 2017 and early 2018.
160. Rome Italy Temple: Interior work underway including some material replacement and rework; completion anticipated sometime during 2018.
161. Concepcion Chile Temple: Second floor exterior walls poured; completion anticipated sometime during 2018.
162. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Site clearing and preparation phase; completion anticipated sometime during 2018-2019.
163. Fortaleza Brazil Temple Site clearing and preparation phase; completion anticipated sometime during 2018-2019.
164. Durban South Africa Temple: Ground broken on Saturday April 9, 2016; completion anticipated sometime during 2018-2019.
165. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Ground broken on Saturday December 5, 2015; completion anticipated sometime during 2019.
166. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Ground broken on Saturday February 20, 2016; completion anticipated sometime during 2019.

Rededication scheduled:
33. Freiberg Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; adding extension; steeple covered; scheduled to be rededicated Sunday September 4, 2016.


Undergoing Renovation:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Closed for renovation; reroofing underway; rededication anticipated sometime during early 2017.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-2017.
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; construction trailers on site; rededication anticipated sometime during late 2017.

Announced:
167. Arequipa Peru Temple: Construction preparation phase; groundbreaking date anticipated to be announced soon.
168. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Construction preparation phase; plans approved by local government; groundbreaking may be announced soon and scheduled for sometime after the summer Olympics.
169. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
170. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
171. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
172. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
173. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
174. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
175. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
176. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
177. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.

Key:
Bolded numbers and text denote temples whose number already exists (for renovations), or is certain due to a scheduled dedication, as well as information that is certain, such as dedication or groundbreaking dates.
Italicized numbers and text denote temples whose number may change based on the order in which future dedications and groundbreakings are scheduled.
Underlined numbers and text denote temples whose number may change based on the order in which their future groundbreakings are announced.


Prayers for the victims of the senseless tragedy in Orlando

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in the tragic terror attack in Orlando. It sickens me that within these United States, an extremist should be allowed to attack people with whom he has a difference of opinion. This senseless act is tragic. The LDS Church has issued a statement about what happened. It says: "With the rest of the nation, we mourn the tragic loss of life and serious injuries that occurred in Orlando this morning. We pray for the families and loved ones of the victims of this senseless shooting and pray they will be comforted and cared for as they seek to heal. Our prayers and support are also with community leaders and law enforcement officials as they continue to investigate this shocking crime." I feel like I could say "Amen" and end this post right there, but I wanted to further state that those of the LDS Church, who underwent similar persecution as a result of difference of opinion in the early days of Church history, most likely understand more than anyone else what it means to be persecuted for practicing one's beliefs. In a land where the marriage of same-gender individuals has been declared constitutional, it boggles my mind that something like this could happen. My heart bleeds for all those affected by this incident, and I join in praying for all those whose lives have been made worse because this happened. I pray we will all unite in prayer on their behalf.