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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Temple Construction Progress Update

This is the second and last post I will do today. I wanted to share the latest updates in terms of temple construction progress. There are also some significant Church news developments upon which I will focus in future posts as time allows over the next few days. Thanks to you all for your interest and support. Any comments on these updates are most welcome and appreciated. Here's the latest:

Temple Construction Progress Update (current as of 3/1/17)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for dedication; under construction; 2 groundbreakings scheduled; scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 2 renovations scheduled; 8 announced. NOTE: In addition to the two groundbreakings already scheduled this year, the chances are very good that we will see several others also have a groundbreaking in 2017.

Dedication scheduled:
156. Paris France Temple: Open house tickets now available (that event is scheduled to last from Saturday April 22-Saturday May 13 (excluding the Sundays of April 23 and 30 and May 7)); dedication scheduled for Sunday May 21, 2017.
157. Tucson Arizona Temple: Drought-tolerant landscaping progressing; installing sprinkler systems for grassy areas; installing interior art glass and millwork; 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 glass; 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-to -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-to-mid 2018.
162.  Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Concrete walls poured for steeple; attaching waterproofing membrane to exterior walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
163. Concepcion Chile Temple: Exterior cladding going up on north wall; framing the interior walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
164. Durban South Africa Temple: Preparing for temple floor slab; backfilling missionary housing facility foundation; aloe plants added at entrance; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
165. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Parapet poured; some scaffolding coming down; preparing to pour tower base; completion anticipated sometime during early 2019.
166.  Lisbon Portugal Temple: Excavation completed for temple foundation; structural framing going up for meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during early 2019.

Construction pending:
167. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday December 3, 2016; awaiting commencement of full-scale operations; construction might commence in April or May; if so, completion anticipated sometime during early 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; barring any delays, completion anticipated sometime during late 2019.
169. Arequipa Peru Temple: Preparing for groundbreaking; erecting construction barrier; clearing and leveling site; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday March 4, 2017; completion anticipated sometime during late 2019.

Rededication Scheduled:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Closed for renovation; open house tickets available beginning Monday April 3, 2017; 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.

Renovation Scheduled:
13. Oakland California Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in February 2018; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
16. Washington D. C. Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in March 2018; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2020.

170. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; site announcement and groundbreaking anticipated sometime during 2017 (more likely sooner than later).
171. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and design phase; awaiting official site announcement. NOTE: According to member reports, a potential site has been identified but has yet to be confirmed.
172. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement. NOTE: Some reports have indicated that a Church office building may be redesigned and renovated as a multi-purpose building that will not only continue to house Church offices but also a meetinghouse in addition to a temple.
173. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement. NOTE: Even though this was the last of the four temples that was announced most recently, and in spite of the fact that an official site has not yet been announced, the announced name for this second temple in Lima seems to indicate that it will be constructed somewhere in the Los Olivos District. For that reason, it seems appropriate to put this temple ahead of the others.
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. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Stalled in planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement. NOTE: Even though this temple is technically ahead of the temples listed above in terms of its status, because it is unclear why progress has been stalled or how long those delays might last, we could see any or all of the temples above have their constructions commence before anything gets resolved with this one.

NOTE: Given how much progress we have seen with temples recently, it is not hard to believe that we will see many more temples announced in the near future. There have been reports of several cities that have already had a site purchased already: Managua Nicaragua, Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, Bentonville Arkansas, and Missoula Montana. As the apostles travel, they sometimes have felt impressed to propose a temple for the areas they visit. Such temples have been proposed in New Delhi India (in June 1992 by Elder Neal A. Maxwell); Vilnius Lithuania (in May 1993 by Elder M. Russell Ballard); Nairobi Kenya (in February 1998 by President Gordon B. Hinckley); Maracaibo Venezuela (in August 1999 by President Hinckley); Singapore (in January 2000 by President Hinckley); for the Southwest Salt Lake Valley (in October 2005 by President Hinckley; NOTE: While some contend that this temple announcement has already happened, verifiable sources widely available prove otherwise); Managua Nicaragua (in January 2012 by then-Elder Russell M. Nelson; the fact that it has not only been publicly proposed but has had a site purchased for it makes it very likely); Missoula Montana (someone in 2014 by Elder David A. Bednar; while the report of this proposal has yet to be verified, the fact that there has been a purchase of a temple site seems to indicate that it is a most imminent possibility); and for the Kasai Region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (in February 2016 by Elder Neil L. Andersen). I have heard many reports of several more temple sites being procured, but the nature of those reports are such that they have yet to be verified.

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.

Important Personal Update: Job Terminated/Health Problems

Hello, all! Sad news to report on two personal fronts today. As some of you may be aware, I have had some severe health issues that have kept me from working for a couple of weeks, and which caused my work productivity to not be good when I was there the last couple of days I was able to come in to work. I found out this week that if I failed to come in today by 3, my supervisors would consider it job abandonment. I made every possible effort to come in, but as my team leader had directed me to not do so without a doctor's note covering my absences, I had to wait until I could get a note excusing me from work. So I met today with the project manager, Trent Ginnett, who had hired me, and with Nick Sharp, who is the boss of ROI's branches in this part of Utah County. Nick asked why I had not been in for the last little while without contacting anyone. I responded that I had let my team leader know every day as soon as I knew I wouldn't be able to come in. I explained what was happening with my health. They let me know that, while they sympathized with my health issues, the strict attendance policies at ROI had to be enforced, and that they felt it would be best for the project in general and ROI in particular if my employment was terminated.

It did not come as a great surprise.  Even though I had made every effort to inform my team leader when I would be absent as soon as I knew, she had not bothered to relay my messages to management. So I had known it would be just a matter of time before the termination happened.

Oddly enough, I am not broken up about it. While I will miss my renewed association with those I had worked with at both locations, it was simply not worth trying to force myself to be there when I felt so ill and when the doctor concurred that I should not come in.

So as of 7 hours ago, I am once again unemployed. My older sister, who seems to be intuitive about what's going on with me, had sent me a text earlier today to let me know that the call center her husband had previously worked for was hiring for at-home positions. I applied for that position, knowing that my termination from ROI would happen this afternoon. Unfortunately, my internet kicked me out of the application before I could save it or complete it, and by the time I got things fixed, the listing for the position was no longer on the website.

I have received a lead regarding another at-home position, and I think that would be ideal, if I can make it work. But I will also be meeting with many of my other doctors as I have been advised to do. When I went into urgent care on Monday, the attending doctor confirmed I had a double-infection, and voiced his concern that something else might be going on, including perhaps a shunt problem. He gave me a second antibiotic (I had finished my first one for this situation just a few days prior) and ordered some blood work to try and see if any other issues could be detected.

So now, I wait for those results. In the meantime, I am doing my very best to make sure we will be covered financially. We had fortunately gotten our annual tax refund a little while ago. And I see one of my main doctors on Friday. Hopefully she will have some insight as far as what else might be going on with me.

Prayers are, as always, appreciated. I also appreciate any comments on anything I post. I will keep you all updated as I can on things as they happen. In the meantime, given everything that is happening with us, we are in surprisingly good spirits. The Lord will bless us with what we need.

And when the time is right, I fully anticipate being able to work again, whether at home or in an office setting. Thanks to you all for your kindness, interest, and support.