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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Minor Update to Temple Construction Progress Report--posted mostly for my personal benefit

Hello, all! I have a very good reason for this additional post today. I am posting a minor update to my temple construction progress report. I make a disclaimer right here and now at the outset: This update is mainly for my own personal benefit. While there have been no major developments in temple construction since the first such report I posted this year (was that just yesterday? Don't really remember), I felt it appropriate to reword slightly the way I have termed potential completion dates. I wanted to post a copy of this to my blog while I am at home so that if and when I next have reason to update this report at work, the rewording will be readily available in my blog post history. That said, while this post is primarily for that reason, comments on the way I've reworked this will always be welcome and appreciated. If you have any input of any kind, don't hesitate to let me know.

Temple Construction Progress Report (current as of 1/4/17)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for dedication; 11 under construction; scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 10 announced; (NOTE: Up to additional temples may soon have a groundbreaking announced).

Dedication scheduled:
156. Paris France Temple: Exterior lighting system operating; interior work underway; scheduled to be dedicated on Sunday May 21, 2017.

Under Construction:
157. Meridian Idaho Temple: Light fixtures hung; interior trim underway; completion anticipated sometime during late 2017.
158. Cedar City Utah Temple: Fencing progressing; entrance plaza created; landscaping areas defined; hanging drywall; completion anticipated sometime during late 2017.
159. Tucson Arizona Temple: Pouring walkways; erecting fencing; installing art glass windows; hanging drywall; completion anticipated sometime during late 2017.
160. Rome Italy Temple: Interior work progressing; completion anticipated sometime between early and mid-2018.
161. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Building the exterior walls; completion anticipated sometime between early and mid-2018.
162. Concepcion Chile Temple: Attaching building wrap to exterior walls; adding landscaping structures; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
163. Durban South Africa Temple: Pouring temple foundation; setting rebar for missionary housing walls; palm trees planted along entrance road; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
164. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Pouring walls for steeple base; completion anticipated sometime between late 2018 and early 2019.
165. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday December 3, 2016; completion anticipated sometime between late 2018 and early 2019.
166. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Second floor exterior walls poured; completion anticipated sometime during 2019.
167. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Excavation underway for temple and utility building; structural framing going up for meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during 2019.

Scheduled for rededication:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Closed for renovation; finish work underway; rededication scheduled for Sunday June 4, 2017.

Undergoing Renovation:
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication anticipated sometime between late 2017 and early 2018.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; some exterior stone removed; foundation exposed; old meetinghouse razed; rededication anticipated sometime between early and mid-2018.

168. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; official site announcement anticipated in early 2017, with the groundbreaking anticipated to take place shortly following the site announcement.
169.  Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Governmental approval phase; preliminary environmental license issued in November 2016; groundbreaking pending.
170. Arequipa Peru Temple: General contractor selected; groundbreaking pending.
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. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Stalled in planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
174. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
175. Quito Ecuador 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.

Bolded numbers and text denote temples whose numbers 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 numbers may change based on the order in which future dedications and groundbreakings are scheduled.
Underlined numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on progress towards planning, approval, and groundbreaking.
Red text denotes changes from the last posted temple progress report. 

Face-to-face event with President Eyring and Elder Holland

As I have mentioned before, 2017 is already shaping up to be a most historic year in terms of Church news, and we are only 4 days into this new year. In an announcement made on the Church's website just within the last several hours, the Church notified youth of a scheduled Face-to-Face event with President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

This event is historic for two reasons: it marks the very first such event to involve the participation of a member of the First Presidency. Also, more significant than that is the coincidence that before President Eyring began serving in the First Presidency 10 years ago in October (can it really have been that long? Crazy and wonderful to think about!), he and Elder Holland were seatmates in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with Elder Holland being the more senior of the two.

Elder Holland was the only apostle called during President Howard W. Hunter's short tenure of less than 9 months. And President Eyring was the first apostle called by President Hinckley, who succeeded President Hunter. In responding to this assignment, these former apostolic seatmates focused on what they hoped the event would do in terms of inspiring the youth of the Church to live by the Mutual Theme for this year, which comes from James 1:5-6, the scripture that led Joseph Smith to have his First Vision.

Elder Holland also commented on how much he appreciated sharing this event with President Eyring and noted how much he (President Eyring) cares about and prays for the youth of the Church. This was very inspiring to read about. Click here for all the wonderful details.

Enjoy! Any comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Church News Report on the funeral services for Elder Glen L. Rudd

Well, as I said in posting just yesterday, funeral services were held today for Elder Glen L. Rudd, emeritus general authority. Much to my surprise and delight, in the report of the funeral services, there was a rather long list of those who attended and spoke at that service today. The biggest surprise in terms of those speakers was that President Monson was the keynote speaker. He gave an extensive address reflecting on his long association with Elder Rudd and reflected on the influence Elder Rudd's service had on him personally. Also speaking at the services was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Russell M. Nelson, Bishop Keith B. McMullin, emeritus General Authority who served for years as a member of the Presiding Bishopric; and Elder Rudd's son, Charles, representing the family at the services.

Also in attendance were Elders M. Russell Ballard, David A. Bednar, and Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elders L. Whitney Clayton and Donald L. Hallstrom, the two most senior members of the Presidency of the Seventy; and the entire Presiding Bishopric (Gerald Causse, Dean M. Davies, and W. Christopher Waddell).

Click here for more on the funeral services, including the tributes that were given of this spiritual giant.

As I said, the biggest surprise for me personally in reading about funeral proceedings was that President Monson not only attended but also gave a keynote address that sounds like it was of a considerable length. Not sure what to make of this. I am hoping it means that President Monson has to some degree sufficiently recovered from the health difficulties he has been experiencing for the last several years. But time will tell. I will do my level best to keep an eye on the situation and make a further report if and when more is known in that regard.

If he is doing better, it's a very good sign for the Church. We have had prophets many times in the past who have suffered due to age and health later in life. President Monson will be 90 years old this year. Any improvement, no matter how small, has to be a good thing. It will be interesting to see how he is doing round about conference time and to see if he will be able to speak on his regular schedule for longer than he recently has been able to. More to come as soon as I hear anything.

Sounds like Elder Rudd's funeral services today served as a wonderful tribute to the life of a very great man. For what it's worth, that's the latest in Church news and developments.

Article from the Deseret News: Notable Church milestone anniversaries happening in 2017

As a self-proclaimed Church history nerd who prides myself on knowing or being able to learn everything I can regarding that subject, I was elated to check KSL's website today and to find there a link to an article published by the Deseret News regarding the significant milestone anniversaries the Church will celebrate at some point this year. FWIW, I share a link to that article. Click here to read more on that. Enjoy! Feedback of any kind continues to be welcome and appreciated. It looks like this will be a very commemorative year just in terms of those milestone anniversaries, let alone in view of any temple or Church growth milestones that might also be observed. As always, thanks so much for your readership and support.

Funeral Services Announced for Elders Glenn L. Rudd and Bruce D. Porter

Hello. This is a post I have been promising for the last several hours. I finally got a chance to get to doing it now. As many of you know, the Church recently lost two spiritually giant leaders, both very well known. I have kept an eye out for future developments in this regard, and today the funeral services were announced for both.

Elder Glen L. Rudd, whose greatness in charitable efforts earned him the nickname "Mr. Welfare", passed away on Friday December 30 at the ripe old age of 98, making him one of the oldest emeritus General Authority to pass away.  Though small in stature, he was large of heart. Click here to read the remarkable tribute to this man's monumental life. As he only served as an active general authority for five years, he had just one opportunity to address us in General Conference. His talk can be found here. His funeral will be later today (January 4).

In the meantime, Elder Bruce D. Porter, who has been a general authority for the better part of my 30 years, became the second actively-serving General Authority to pass away in 2016 when he died from complications of a pulmonary infection at the relatively young age of 64. Click here to read more of his life and his passing. Elder Porter only spoke four times in General Conference, but he gave landmark addresses every time. Click here to review any or all of those. Having read them before, I can readily attest to how good they are. Elder Porter had been serving as president of the Church's Europe East Area when (as I assume, though it hasn't been explicitly stated) he was released in early December in view of his failing health before succumbing to the pulmonary infection that would take him from us far too quickly. He died just the day before Elder Rudd. Elder Porter's funeral services will take place tomorrow (January 5). And it is no doubt out of respect and deference to his memory that no change has been officially announced for the Europe East Area Presidency, even though such changes have reportedly already happened. However, I do anticipate that we may hear about that Area Presidency change, whatever it involves, before the end of this week.

Both funerals will no doubt be well attended. And it is almost certain that a representative from the leading brethren of the Church will be present at both services. Who that might be remains to be seen. While I have always personally mourned the passing of such good leaders, the only funeral I have ever personally attended for a prominent Church leader was that for Elder C. Max Caldwell, who served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and was a close personal friend who graciously and without hesitation accepted my request that he officiate at my wedding ceremony. When I went to Elder Caldwell's funeral, I was fully anticipating a current General Authority being in attendance to "represent the brethren." But the one doing so was another close personal friend from my temple service who had served with Elder Caldwell in the Second Quorum of the Seventy and had been president of the Mount Timpanogos Temple during the time that Elder Caldwell and I were serving there. His name was L. Edward Brown.

Therefore, my personal experience is a witness and reminder to me that the apostles will send anyone they feel inclined to send to represent them at these upcoming services. It will more than likely be someone that is somehow connected to Elder Porter and Elder Rudd personally. And it could be any former or current General Authority that they feel would best represent them. Nothing would surprise me at this point.

Thanks for wading through this. Feel free to comment if you feel so inclined. May God bless the memories of these valiant servants of the Lord.