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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Updated Temple Construction Progress Report

In light of the groundbreakings reported today, as well as the updates I mentioned in terms of construction starting sometime next week, it has become necessary to post an update to my temple construction progress report. Note that, for the moment, until construction formally begins, both temples are in a "construction pending" status. Please feel free to give any feedback. Thanks for your readership, interest, and support.

Temple Construction Progress Update (current as of 3/4/17)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for dedication; 10 under construction;  scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 2 renovations scheduled; 8 announced. NOTE: With two groundbreakings having already taken place 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.
168. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday March 4, 2017; awaiting full-scale operations; barring any delays, completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
169. Arequipa Peru Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday March 4, 2017; awaiting full-scale operations; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-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. 

Report on Church Events That Took Place Today

Hello. I wanted to report on the three Church events that happened today. The groundbreakings were held as scheduled in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Arequipa Peru. Interestingly enough, though we only had an announced time for one of these temples, both took place @ 10:00 am local time. (That means that the Brazil groundbreaking took place @ 6:00 AM MST, and the Peru groundbreaking was at 8:00 AM MST.) As expected, those announced as presiding did so (Elder Claudio R. M. Costa in Brazil and Elder Carlos A. Godoy in Peru). Here's the odd thing. From what I have read about those groundbreakings, it seems that these two were the first in quite a while where a representative from the Temple Department was not in attendance. In a way, I can appreciate that. It means that these area leaders are being trusted to get things started without having that official representation from Church headquarters. Click here to read the Church's official news release about the groundbreakings, including who was in attendance.

That said, I have found out that construction is expected to begin in earnest for both temples sometime next week, a status update I honestly did not see coming, as I had been advised that the construction in Rio could be delayed initially. It is therefore not unreasonable to believe that both temples might be completed sometime around mid-to-late 2019. I will do a second post shortly with my updated temple construction progress report.

In the meantime, I wanted to report on the other major Church news event that happened today. A Face-to-Face event was held for the youth this morning. It was the first ever Face-to-Face event to feature a member of the First Presidency. President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, was joined by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who is senior to him in terms of the apostleship, but junior to him currently because of President Eyring serving in the top governing body of the Church. There has not as yet been a report of that event on any Church news outlet I usually check. However, my favorite local news station, KSL, which is entirely or partially owned and operated by the Church, always reports on Church news and events such as this. They sent religion specialist Sam Penrod (who has worked and may still be working with my former bishop and good friend Steve Landeen, a KSL photographer) to report on the event. Though that report is not yet available on the website, I will keep an eye out for it, as well as for coverage on the event form the Church websites I usually follow, and post links to those as I can this weekend.

Thanks for your readership and support. Any comments are welcome and appreciated.

Update several hours later: I have found the KSL news story of which I spoke. Click here to read that. Additionally, this link contains a news article on the event from the Church News, this one is from the Church News and Events section of, and this one is from Mormon Newsroom. Hope this is helpful to you. Thanks.