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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nations and cities which seem ripe for a temple announcement--Part 3

There has been so much good feedback on this list that I have revisited it for a third time. I'm finding that with each edit, my list gets better. And of course, I would never want to stop anyone from contributing feedback that would help me make this list even better. I give thanks to those attentive readers for sharing knowledge that I didn't have. This feedback has helped me fine-tune this list over the last several days. That being said, here's the newest version of this list. Let me know what you think.
1. Managua Nicaragua Temple (proposed in 2012 by Elder Russell M. Nelson; note that Nicaragua is the nation with the strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
2. Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby; note that Papua New Guinea is the nation with the second strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
3. Puerto Rico (San Juan; note that Puerto Rico is the nation with the third strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase
4. Russia (Moscow or St. Petersburg; the Church seems to really be expanding in Russia; note that Russia is the nation with the fourth strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
5. Kiribati (Tarawa; note that Kiribati is the nation with the fifth strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
6. Sierra Leone (Freetown; may be announced soon due to extensive Church growth in Africa; note that Sierra Leone is the nation with the sixth strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
7. American Samoa (Pago Pago; note that American Samoa is the nation with the seventh strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
8. Uganda (Kampala; may be announced soon due to extensive Church growth in Africa; note that Uganda is the nation with the eighth strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
9. Cambodia (Phnom Penh; please note that Cambodia is the nation with the ninth strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase; I favor this location because my brother-in-law served his mission there)
10. Nairobi Kenya Temple (proposed in 1998 by President Gordon B. Hinckley; note that Kenya is the nation with the tenth strongest LDS presence that doesn't have a temple in any phase)
11. Bentonville Arkansas (According to my team leader at work who served a mission in that region and who follows Church milestones there religiously (pun intended), a lot for a temple has already been purchased there and an announcement of that temple will happen when Church growth warrants it. How soon that will be remains to be seen.)
12. Southwest Salt Lake Valley Temple (proposed in 2005 by President Gordon B. Hinckley)
13. Czech Republic (Ostrava; I’m sure President Uchtdorf would love to see a temple in his homeland)
14. Montana (Missoula; identified by Elder David A. Bednar as a potential temple site)
15. Lehi Utah (I favor this location because my wife grew up there and it seems to be expanding at an astonishing rate, including the LDS presence)
16. Austria (Vienna; I favor this location because my wife served her mission there)
17. South Dakota (Rapid City; I favor this location because my dad served his mission there)
18. Bolivia (La Paz; I favor La Paz because my favorite bishop, a close friend, served his mission there. He shared a little bit of Bolivian culture with our ward during his service as bishop because, in addition to giving each returning missionary their plaque, at the conclusion of their service, he also gave them a Bolivian abrasso)
19. Spain (Malaga; I favor this site because a good friend served her mission there)
20. Indonesia (Jakarta; a site I favor because a good friend served his mission there)
21. Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar; a site I favor because a good friend served his mission there)
22 Wyoming (Cody or Gillette; as either one makes more sense for a potential temple than Cheyenne)
23. Nigeria (Lagos; may be announced soon due to extensive Church growth in Africa)  
24. Idaho (Pocatello; the one major city in Idaho that does not already have a temple)
25. Tooele Utah (a somewhat overlooked site that makes sense)
26. Heber Utah  (could be a dark horse choice, as it would be unexpected but needed)
27. Ireland (It was brought to my attention that Ireland or Scotland would be a good location for a temple. Of the two, I think Ireland is more likely, though it's another dark horse candidate.)
28. New Zealand (Auckland; another dark horse candidate)
29. Norway (Oslo; another dark horse choice)
30. Guatemala (Guatemala City)
31. Mexico (Mexico City)
32. Chile (Santiago)
33. Argentina (Buenos Aires)
34. Brazil (Sao Paulo)

Please note that the last five temples listed above would come about if and when the need arose for a second temple in any or all of these cities. These may be more or less likely than some of the other temples above, but a second temple in the same city has only occurred 3 times: twice in Utah and once in Peru. That being said, it could be something we see more of as time goes on.

As always, feedback is welcome, appreciated, and needed, with future edits to come as necessary in the future. In the meantime, if at any point any other possibilities are made apparent and I haven't acknowledged them, I'd appreciate knowing about it. Thanks.