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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Last Post in January--Temple Construction Progress Report

In what will, no doubt, be my last temple construction progress report in January (if not indeed my very last post this month), several important updates have been needed since my last one. That said, here it is. Enjoy, and please do let me know what you think. Thanks.

Temple Construction Progress Report (current as of 1/31/17)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for dedication; under construction; 1 groundbreaking scheduled; scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 9 announced. NOTE: With one groundbreaking announced already this year, two more have the potential to be announced and scheduled very soon, and there may be several more groundbreakings than that in the year ahead.

Dedication scheduled:
156. Paris France Temple: Interior artwork being shipped for hanging inside the temple; dedication scheduled for Sunday May 21, 2017.
157. Tucson Arizona Temple: Exterior lighting tests underway; installation of interior art glass and millwork nearing completion; president’s home undergoing renovation; dedication scheduled for Sunday August 13, 2017.
158. Meridian Idaho Temple: Interior painting and millwork underway; dedication scheduled for Sunday November 19, 2017.
159. Cedar City Utah Temple: Installing art glass windows; hanging drywall on interior; dedication scheduled for Sunday December 10, 2017.

Under Construction:
160. Rome Italy Temple: Interior work progressing; completion anticipated sometime between early and mid-2018.
161. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Applying waterproofing membrane to exterior walls; setting rebar; roughing in plumbing; completion anticipated sometime between early and mid-2018.
162. Concepcion Chile Temple: Exterior cladding going up on north wall; framing the interior walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
163. Durban South Africa Temple: Applying waterproof mastic to temple foundation; setting concrete forms for missionary housing exterior walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
164. Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Exterior concrete walls completed; 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: Setting concrete forms for parapet walls; completion anticipated sometime during 2019.
167. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Excavation underway for temple; structural framing going up for meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during 2019.

Groundbreaking Scheduled:
168. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Preparing for groundbreaking; environmental license issued in November 2016; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday March 4, 2017.

Rededication Scheduled:
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 early-and-mid 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.

169. Arequipa Peru Temple: Erecting construction barrier; clearing and leveling site; awaiting groundbreaking announcement; groundbreaking anticipated in early 2017.
170. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; official site announcement anticipated in 2017, with the groundbreaking anticipated to take place shortly following the site announcement.
171. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement. NOTE: The LDS Church Temple website indicates that a potential site has been identified, though it has yet to be officially verified.
172. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement. NOTE: As the above-mentioned website indicates for this temple, while no official temple site has been announced, there may be a possibility that a Church office building may be repurposed to function as a temple, meetinghouse, and office building under one roof, in a similar fashion to those temples in Hong Kong China and Manhattan New York. This is most likely to be confirmed sooner rather than later.
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.

Grandson of President Gordon B. Hinckley carries on his grandfather's temple building legacy

David Hinckley, son of emeritus General Authority Seventy Richard G. Hinckley and grandson of 15th Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, is very much involved in carrying on his grandfather's legacy of helping bring temples to the people of the world. In an article which was featured in the Deseret News recently, and which appeared in a prominent place in the News section of the LDS Church Temples website, that continuing legacy is explored, explained and detailed. Click here to read that article, which is absolutely amazing and inspiring. Thanks to you all for your interest, support, and continuing comments and discussions.

Two Major Church Announcements

Hello. This is my first chance to report on two very important and major announcements made today by the LDS Church. First, LDS Business  College had its 13th president announced today. The outgoing president, J. Lawrence Richards, has served as its president for the last eight years. The incoming president, Bruce C. Kusch, currently serves as the chief academic officer who has had responsibility over the faculty and any and all academic programs. Click here for more on this change.

In the meantime, in the wake of the announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that they will be allowing transgenders to become boy scouts, the Church issued an official statement. Click here to read that statement.

This has been a landmark day for the Church just in regards to those two announcements. More to come as needed as I check the other Church websites for updates. Stay tuned. Thanks for your readership. Comments continue to be both welcome and appreciated.

Another Emeritus General Authority Has Passed Away

Hello, all! A report in the Church news shared that Elder James M. Dunn, an emeritus general authority, passed away a week ago. His funeral was held yesterday, the same day the article regarding his passing was published. For a look back at this remarkable man's life, please click here. During his seven-year tenure as a General Authority, he served in a wide variety of assignments. Despite only having one opportunity to speak in General Conference as a General Authority, he was one of many mission presidents that was asked to "report" on his service during a general conference of the Church. For both of those remarkable addresses, click here. I remember Elder Dunn's period of service, and I remember reading of some of the things he did during those seven years in updates published in the Church Almanac. I am always so impressed and inspired by the marvelous accounts of service rendered by such amazing men. May God bless the memory of this good brother. Though I never met him personally, I feel certain he received the greeting that the Lord gives all his faithful servants. It is my great hope and prayer that each of us may merit that greeting. Thanks for reading this. Any comments continue to be welcome and appreciated.