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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Temple Progress Update

Here is a temple progress update. I am pleased to see temples progressing throughout the world. As has been my custom, my changes from the last posted report are in red. Enjoy!

Temple Construction Progress Report (current as of 8/16/16)
Current Temple Status: 150 operating, 16 under construction (scheduled for dedication), 11 announced (groundbreaking announcements anticipated soon), 4 undergoing renovation (scheduled for rededication).

Dedication scheduled:
151. Sapporo Japan Temple: Open house concluded; preparing for dedication, which is on Sunday August 21, 2016.
152. Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple: Public open house tours underway through September 9; dedication scheduled on Sunday September 18, 2016.
153. Fort Collins Colorado Temple: Accepting reservations for public open house, scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 10; dedication scheduled on Sunday October 16, 2016.
154. Star Valley Wyoming Temple: Open house tickets available starting tomorrow at 10:00 am; open house scheduled to take place between September 23 and October 8; dedication scheduled on Sunday October 30, 2016.
155. Hartford Connecticut Temple: Roofing nearing completion; more scaffolding coming down; landscaping continues; president’s residence progressing; dedication scheduled on Sunday November 20, 2016.

Under Construction:
156. Paris France Temple: Exterior cladding of visitor’s center wing 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: Monument sign installed; 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 in 2018.
 162. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Foundation poured; waterproofing applied to basement walls; completion estimated sometime between 2018 and 2019.
163. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Subgrade work underway; completion estimated sometime in 2019.
164.  Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Excavation for foundation underway; completion estimated sometime in 2019.

165. Durban South Africa Temple: Site grading and clearing underway; 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; open house tours underway; rededication scheduled on Sunday September 4, 2016.


Undergoing Renovation:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Closed for renovation; 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; announcement of groundbreaking pending and not likely to take place until 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 theorder in which their future groundbreakings are announced.
Red text denotes changes from the last posted temple progress update.





Slightly altered list of temples that may be announced soon

I have once again taken another look at my temple list and have made some changes. The altered list appears below. Enjoy!

1.      Managua Nicaragua: Proposed in 2012 by Elder Russell M. Nelson; land has already been purchased for it and an announcement is imminent there when membership warrants it. Please also note that it is the #1 city in terms of church presence that does not have a temple in some phase.
2.      Port Moresby Papua New Guinea: Land has been purchased for it and an announcement is imminent there when membership warrants it. Please also note that it is the #2 city in terms of church presence that doesn’t have a temple in some phase.
3.      Bentonville Arkansas: Land has been purchased for it and an announcement is imminent there when membership warrants it; please also note it is the strongest contender for a temple in the United States. I favor this location because a good friend served his mission there.
4.      2nd Southwest Salt Lake Valley Utah: Proposed in 2005 by Gordon B. Hinckley; more than likely because land has already been purchased for it.
5.      San Juan Puerto Rico: Please note that this is the #3 world city in terms of church presence that doesn’t have a temple in some phase.
6.      Tarawa Kiribati: Please note that this is the #5 world city in terms of Church presence that doesn’t have a temple in some phase.
7.      Freetown Sierra Leone: Please note that this is the #6 world city in terms of Church presence that doesn’t have a temple in some phase. May be needed due to extensive growth in Africa
8.      Kampala Uganda: Please note that this is the #7 world city in terms of Church presence that doesn’t have a temple in some phase. May be needed due to extensive growth in Africa.
9.      Nairobi Kenya: Publicly proposed by President Gordon B. Hinckley in 1999; please note that this is the #10 world city in terms of Church presence that does not have a temple in any phase. May be needed due to extensive growth in Africa.
10.  Phnom Penh Cambodia: Please note that this is the #9 world city in terms of Church presence that doesn’t have a temple in any phase; I favor this location because my brother-in-law served a mission there.
11.  Missoula Montana: Publicly proposed in 2016 by Elder David A. Bednar.
12.  Lehi Utah: I favor this location because it is my wife's hometown.
13.  Layton Utah
14.  Budapest Hungary
15.  Pocatello Idaho
16.   Auckland New Zealand
17.  La Paz Bolivia: I favor this location because my favorite bishop and good friend served a mission there.
18.  Rapid City South Dakota: I favor this location because my dad served his mission there. 
19.  Richmond Virginia
20.  Lagos Nigeria (may be needed due to extensive Church growth in Africa)
21.  Tacoma Washington
22.  El Paso Texas
23.   Ulaanbaatar Mongolia: I favor this location because a good friend served his mission there.
24.  Barcelona Spain
25.  Puebla Mexico
26.  Valparaiso Chile
27.   Davao Philippines
28.   Maracaibo Venezuela: Publicly proposed in 1999 by Gordon B. Hinckley.
29.  Singapore: Publicly proposed in 2000 by Gordon B. Hinckley/
30.  Edinburgh Scotland
31.  Cody Wyoming
32.  Jacksonville/Miami Florida
33.  Brasilia/Belo Horizonte Brazil
34.  Ghana (Kumasi).
35.   Neuquen Argentina

Alternative locations:
1.      Ivory Coast (2nd and possibly 3rd temples; may be needed due to extreme growth in the area)
2.      Kasai or other DR Congo region (Kasai proposed in 2016 by Neil L. Andersen; may be needed due to extreme growth in the area);

Dark horse candidates:
1.      Vilnius Lithuania (proposed in 1993 by M. Russell Ballard)
2.      Ipswich Australia
3.      Farbanks/Juneau Alaska
4.      Kaysville Utah
5.      Sandy Utah
6.      Orem Utah (I favor this location because it's where I'm living now, and when I worked at the Mount Timpanogos Temple for six years, a majority of my colleagues were from Orem, so the LDS presence is strong here.)
7.      Heber Utah
8.      Pago Pago American Samoa: Please note that this is the #9 world city in terms of Church presence that does not have a temple in any phase.
9.      Maputo Mozambique
10.   Oslo Norway
11.   Antananarivo Madagascar
12.  Jakarta Indonesia (I favor this location because a good friend served his mission there)

13.  Nunavut Canada