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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Another Temple Progress Report Update

Based on the wonderful new information available today on the LDS Church temples website, I am posting with an updated list of temple progress. Enjoy!

Temple Construction Progress Report (current as of 7/21/16)
Current Temple Status: 150 operating, 16 under construction (scheduled for dedication), 11 announced (groundbreakings anticipated to be announced soon), 4 undergoing renovation (scheduled for rededication).

Dedication scheduled:
151. Sapporo Japan Temple: Public open house tours underway; dedication scheduled on Sunday August 21, 2016.
152. Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple: Accepting free reservations for public open house; dedication scheduled on Sunday September 18, 2016.
153. Fort Collins Colorado Temple: Accepting free reservations for public open house; dedication scheduled on Sunday October 16, 2016.
154. Star Valley Wyoming Temple: Laying sod and planting trees; installing art glass windows; dedication scheduled on Sunday October 30, 2016.
155. Hartford Connecticut Temple: Granite being attached to front fa├žade; temple president’s residence progressing; dedication scheduled on Sunday November 20, 2016.

Under Construction:
156. Paris France Temple: Exterior cladding of visitor's center nearing completion; stained glass installation underway; courtyard pavers laid; completion estimated sometime in mid-2017.
157. Meridian Idaho Temple: Angel Moroni placed on July 20, 2016; completion estimated sometime in late 2017.
158. Cedar City Utah Temple: Pouring parking lot curbing; installing temporary glass on window openings; completion estimated sometime in late 2017.
159. Tucson Arizona Temple: Scaffolding removed from dome; completion estimated sometime in late 2017.
160. Rome Italy Temple: Interior work underway including some material replacement and rework; completion estimated sometime in the first half of 2018.
161. Concepcion Chile Temple: Exterior walls poured; completion estimated sometime during 2018.
162. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Site grading and clearing underway; building permit sign posted; completion estimated sometime in either 2018 or 2019.
163. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Site grading and clearing underway; completion estimated sometime in either 2018 or 2019.
164. Durban South Africa Temple: Site grading and clearing underway; completion estimated sometime in either 2018 or 2019.
165. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Building the substructure; completion estimated sometime in 2019.
166. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Ground broken on Saturday December 5, 2015; completion estimated sometime in 2019.

Rededication scheduled:
33. Freiberg Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication scheduled on Sunday September 4, 2016.

Undergoing Renovation:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Closed for renovation; installing marble trim; repainting fence; rededication estimated sometime in early 2017.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication estimated sometime in mid-2017.
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication estimated sometime in late 2017.

Announced:
167. Arequipa Peru Temple: General contractor selected; construction anticipated to begin in October 2016.
168. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Construction preparation phase; plans approved by local government; groundbreaking may be announced soon and scheduled 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.
Red text denotes changes from the last posted temple progress update.

Conglomoration of Church news

The Church News this weekend ran an article about Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, newly called in April as the Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency. It was very good to read that article. Click here to read that article. I was especially anxious to read about her because she is the daughter of Elder Harold G. Hillam, who at one time served as a General Authority Seventy.

Another reason I had for wanting to get to know a bit more than I do about Sister Cordon is that, if my calculations are correct, she will be the featured speaking representative of the new Primary General Presidency at the General Women's Session of October General Conference. I suppose there is a possibility that they might just have the three female auxiliary presidents speak at the Women's Session because they haven't spoken together in that meeting since the first one was held in April 2014.

Of the two scenarios, though, I think I will stick with my prediction that Sister Cordon will be the only representative of the Primary to speak at the General Women's Meeting, since it is more than likely that the new Primary General President, Joy D. Jones, will be asked to give her first talk during General Conference during either the Saturday or Sunday Morning Sessions of the October General Conference.

In other news, Francis M. Gibbons, who served for 16 years as secretary to the First Presidency during the tenures of the presidencies of Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball and (for a few months) Ezra Taft Benson, and then served as a general authority seventy for , died in his sleep at the age of 95.

One interesting thing I learned from reading Brother Gibbons' obituary was that after his release as a general authority (he was only released during his lifetime, though the article now describes him as an emeritus General Authority Seventy), he served as patriarch at large to the Church, and in this capacity, he particularly gave patriarchal blessings at Church headquarters to those individuals who lived outside the boundaries of any stakes.

To read an overview of this remarkable man's life, please click here.

In the meantime, Francis M. Gibbons, who served for 16 years as secretary to the First Presidency during the tenures of the presidencies of Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball and (for a few months) Ezra Taft Benson, and then served as a general authority seventy for , died in his sleep at the age of 95.

One interesting thing I learned from reading Brother Gibbons' obituary was that after his release as a general authority (he was only released during his lifetime, though the article now describes him as an emeritus General Authority Seventy), he served as patriarch at large to the Church, and in this capacity, he particularly gave patriarchal blessings at Church headquarters to those individuals who lived outside the boundaries of any stakes.

To read an overview of this remarkable man's life, please click here.

In the meantime, during their recent tour of Europe, the Tabernacle Choir recreated the 1955 photo of a tour the choir took in Europe. It was great to read about that experience. For the full story, click here.

Steven W. Owen, Young Men General President, recently spoke to Boy Scouts and their leaders at a yearly retreat. For an account of what transpired there, please click here.

Elder Patrick Kearon, who serves as president of the Church's Europe Area, issued a statement recently expressing condolences and support to and urged others to pray for all those affected by the French cargo truck tragedy. To read what he said, click here.

The Church recently  updated the Spanish version of the scriptures to fix translation errors and to implement changes made to English scriptures and incorporate them into the Spanish standard works. To read about what was done with that translation, please click here. Thanks to you all for your interest and support.

And finally, Devin G. Durrant, First Counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, spoke to BYU graduates and their families this week on the importance of listening to the right voice. For a full account of his remarks, click here.

Thanks to you all for your readership and interest.