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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Importance of Civility/Personal Update

I would ask that any comments be respectful of others who comment, and also respectful of me and my interest in these things. Whether or not that interest or the opinions of others about it matter to anyone else, time is wasted on incivility, and I am doing my best to ensure that the conversations on this thread keep with the Church's desire of civility in the public discourse.

I have always believed and shared the notion that we can disagree without being disagreeable. My thoughts and feelings and those of any others who react to things I post may not matter to some who read this blog, but the Lord has clearly indicated through His own words and those of His prophets, seers, and revelators that civility in public forums of discussion is in harmony with His will for us. The Savior Himself has wisely stated that contention and those who seek to stir it up are not of Him, but are of the devil, that only those who are completely free of imperfection should cast stones at others, and that one cannot pull the mote (a sliver of wood) out of his brother's eye without first removing the beam in his own.

I will be the first to admit that I am far from perfect, and that I have said and done numerous things that unintentionally wounded people I care about, driving a wedge between myself and them, and at times doing irreparable damage. It sickens me to think about the many people (family and readers of this blog) whom I may have unintentionally driven away because of my thoughtless words and actions. I always intended for this blog to be a safe place where others can comment, and I hate to think that any disrespect on my part to the value and validity of those comments (except those that are spam or used to criticize myself and others for commenting) may be discouraging others from commenting now.

I really do value such feedback, unless it is deliberately mean-spirited, contentious, judgmental, offensive, or vituperative. That is why I have been more closely monitoring comments in the last month, and have tried to be more swift in deleting comments that are out of harmony with the reasons for which I started blogging. I wanted to be able to share both important developments in my life, and, more importantly, in Church and temple news. I have long loved following such things, and I also treasure the opportunity to now provide another positive perspective of the Church and what is happening with it. Some may say my time would be better served in other pursuits (such as providing for my family), but as one with life-long health problems that sometimes impede my ability to live normally as other men do, I am not currently well enough to work. I intend to get back to it when I am medically cleared to do so, but at the moment the instruction from my doctors is to rest and get myself better so that I can get back to living the full life that I have typically enjoyed.

I am one of the lucky ones who, in spite of such conditions that hinder normal day-to-day life, was blessed to be encouraged and supported in living as normal a life as I am able to. I have seen more miracles than I can count in my life, and I have been promised a couple of times in my life that I would be personally healed by the hands of the Savior. Himself when He comes agin As I wait for that day, I make the most of whatever situation I am in. The Lord has sustained me in my infirmities, disabilities, health challenges, and in every experience. So I know that my present inability to function as fully as I have in the past is just temporary and that I will be able to function at my usual level again very soon.

In the interim, I hope that those who read my thoughts are positively impacted thereby. I am doing my best to lift and encourage when I can, and I am beyond grateful for the many well-wishes and prayers that have been extended in my behalf.

And so, acting with all the faith and effort I can muster, I will pull through my present circumstances. In the meantime, thanks for reading this additional post, and for the efforts each one of you who do comment for keeping such comments insightful, respectful, inspirational. I also thank each one of you who has been so kind as to point out oversights or errors in things I have previously said. Because I am not perfect, I have and will inevitably continue to make statements that are not true, correct, or accurate. Your corrections and clarifications keep me in check. I appreciate you all so much. Thanks again!

PDF of May 2017 Ensign Now Available Online/Comparison of My Projected Table of Contents to the Actual One

Here I am again. As I mentioned in my previous post, I took time to study some General Conference talks today.  That study came in the form of perusing the newly available PDF version of the May 2017 Ensign, which just became available to view online today. I was also interested to see how the potential table of contents I had worked up compared to the actual magazine. I know some may consider my doing that every six months and reporting on it to be a waste of time, but it's something I enjoy, and helps to pass the time while I am not physically capable of doing much else. Hopefully some few of you will find value in what I post. I am heartened and touched by the number of views I am seeing on my posts lately. This indicates that, even if the comments are few and far between I look forward to hearing any thoughts you have on this. Please keep such comments respectful of me and of others. In the meantime, here is my projected table of contents again, along with what it actually looks like. Thanks.

Possible Table of Contents for May 2017 Ensign
[Text in brackets indicate the actual page numbers and features]
Session
Page
Title
Speaker

2
Conference Summary for 187th Annual General Conference


3
Indexes


4
Highlights from the 187th Annual General Conference

GW
6
Trust in the Lord and Lean Not
Bonnie H. Cordon

9
The Beauty of Holiness
Carol F. McConkie

12
Certain Women
Linda K. Burton

15
“My Peace I Leave With You”
President Henry B. Eyring
SAM
19
Gathering the Family of God
President Henry B. Eyring

23
His Daily Guiding Hand
M. Joseph Brough

26
Our Father’s Glorious Plan
Elder Weatherford T. Clayton

29
Our Good Shepherd
Elder Dale G. Renlund

33
Confide in God Unwaveringly
Elder Ulisses Soares

35 (36)
Brighter and Brighter until the Perfect Day
Elder Mark A. Bragg

38 (39)
Drawing the Power of Jesus Christ into Our Lives
President Russell M. Nelson
SAA
42 (43)
The Sustaining of Church Officers
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

44 (45)
Church Auditing Department Report, 2016
Kevin R. Jergensen

44 (45)
Statistical Report, 2016
Brook P. Hales

45 (46)
Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Elder Robert D. Hales

48 (49)
Songs Sung and Unsung
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

52
Stand Up Inside and Be All In
Elder Gary B. Sabin

55
The Language of the Gospel
Elder Valeri V. Cordon

57 (58)
Overcoming the World
Elder Neil L. Andersen

61 (62)
Return and Receive
Elder M. Russell Ballard
SPH
66
Kindness, Charity, and Love
President Thomas S. Monson

67
Called to the Work
Elder David A. Bednar

75
Prepare the Way
Bishop Gerald Causse

78
The Greatest among You
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

82
“Walk With Me”
President Henry B. Eyring
SUM
86
The Power of the Book of Mormon
President Thomas S. Monson

88 (87)
A Sin-Resistant Generation
Joy D. Jones

91 (90)
Don’t Look Around, Look Up!
Elder Yoon Hwan Choi

93
Let the Holy Spirit Guide
Elder Ronald A. Rasband

96 (97)
Whatsoever He Saith unto You, Do It
Elder L. Whitney Clayton

99  (100)
The Godhead and the Plan of Salvation
Elder Dallin H. Oaks

102 (104)
Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
SUA
105 (108)
The Voice of Warning
Elder D. Todd Christofferson

109 (112)
To the Friends and Investigators of the Church
Elder Joaquin E. Costa

111 (114)
Then Jesus Beholding Him Loved Him
Elder S. Mark Palmer

114 (117)
How Does the Holy Ghost Help You?
Elder Gary E. Stevenson

118 (121)
And This Is Life Eternal
Elder C. Scott Grow

122 (124)
That Our Light May Be a Standard for the Nations
Elder Benjamin De Hoyos

124 (127)
Foundations of Faith
Elder Quentin L. Cook





72
General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


128 (132)
They Spoke to Us


130 (134)
Conference Story Index


131 (135)
News of the Church
131 (135): Taylor G. Godoy/Joni L. Koch
132 (136): Adilson de Paula Parrella/John C. Pingree Jr.
133 (137): Brian K. Taylor/Taniela B. Wakolo
134 (138): Jean B. Bingham/Sharon Eubank
135 (139): Reyna I. Aburto/Christina B. Franco
136 (140): Other Church News (Including changes in Church leadership, the new Church Headquarters mission, Teachings for Our Times, any new scripture translations, and an update on temple progress worldwide, with special emphasis on the 5 new ones announced this conference)
NOTE: After the biographies for new leaders, this General Conference Ensign included the following features in the following order:
140: New Callings/Relief Society’s Purpose
141: Five New Temples (which included an updated number of temples operating and announced, and those dedicated or rededicated since the October 2016 General Conference (incorrectly stating that the Suva Fiji rededication happened during that time, though the last rededication was for the Freiberg Germany Temple, which took place a month before October General Conference), and an overview of  future events already scheduled), groundbreakings that have taken place, and an update on the Rome Italy Temple)/BYU—Pathway Worldwide
142-143: Travels of the Apostles
143: Changes in Missionary Guidelines
144: New Products and Resources/Teaching in the Savior’s Way

144
Last page in Ensign


Updated Temple Construction Progress Report

Hello. Though it is late in the evening tonight, I have spent quite a bit of my time today studying talks from last General Conference and major temple developments. I first wish to address the latter subject. What I have learned in that regard through my study, not just today, but for the better part of this month, is the that future timeline within which temple events might happen is more unpredictable that I was originally led to believe. There are averages, patterns, and indicators of when things might happen, but there are so many factors that go into temple progress that could impact when events happen going forward. My latest temple construction progress report reflects that research. I look forward to hearing your insights and feedback on these things. Thanks so much. Here is the latest version of that report:

Temple Construction Progress Update (current as of 4/21/17)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for dedication9 under construction; 1 more has construction pending, and may commence construction in May or June of this year; scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 6 renovations scheduled; 13 announced. NOTE: With two groundbreakings having already taken place this year, we could see several others before too much longer. For all of the announced temples that have not yet had a groundbreaking, I offer my best-guess estimate for when that might happen, to which I have recently made adjustments and corrections. One correction is noting that we might only see one other groundbreaking this year, though it seems that one is not as imminent as I originally was led to believe.

Dedication scheduled:
156. Paris France Temple: VIP/media tours started April 7; accepting reservations for public open house (which will run 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: Monument sign being installed; interior finish work underway; accepting reservations for public open house beginning Monday May 15, 2017 (that open house will run from Saturday June 3-Saturday June 24 (excluding the Sundays of June 4, 11, and 18)); dedication scheduled for Sunday August 13, 2017.
158. Meridian Idaho Temple: Monument sign installed; architectural finishes being installed; dedication scheduled for Sunday November 19, 2017.
159. Cedar City Utah Temple: Installation of exterior floodlighting underway; dedication scheduled for Sunday December 10, 2017.

Under Construction:
160. Rome Italy Temple: Angel Moroni installed on March 25, 2017; Christus and apostle statues installed at visitor’s center; installing art glass; completion anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2018.
161. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Exterior walls waterproofed; structural steel framing for roof underway; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
162.  Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Exterior walls sheathed with rigid foam insulation; stone cladding underway; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
NOTE: For the two temples above, they seem to be interchangeable in terms of which one might potentially be completed and dedicated first. I am trying to keep an eye on any and all developments and will adjust these estimates as necessary once more is known.
163. Concepcion Chile Temple: Exterior cladding progressing on north and west walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
164. Durban South Africa Temple: Upper floor slab poured for temple; ground floor slab poured for missionary housing; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
NOTE: For the two temples above, they seem to be interchangeable in terms of which one might potentially be completed and dedicated first. I am trying to keep an eye on any and all developments and will adjust these estimates as necessary once more is known.
165. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Erecting structural framing for temple tower; completion anticipated sometime during early 2019.
166. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Construction barrier erected; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2019.
NOTE: At this point, since the work has not begun in earnest on the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, it is unclear which of the two will be finished first. I will reevaluate things once that happens. For the moment, though, it appears that the two could be interchangeable. And since work has begun in earnest on this Brazilian temple, in my mind, that puts it ahead of the not-yet-started Winnipeg temple. I will keep an eye on developments, and will try to make a better estimate when more is known.
168.  Lisbon Portugal Temple: Pouring footings for temple foundation; structural framing continues for meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
169. Arequipa Peru Temple: Construction trailers on site; construction barrier erected; completion anticipated sometime during late 2019-early 2020.

Construction pending:
167. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday December 3, 2016; awaiting full-scale operations, which may start at any time (whenever the aftermath of the awful Canadian winter resolves itself); completion anticipated sometime during mid-2019.
NOTE: Construction on this temple is expected to begin in earnest anytime within the next two months. That construction is anticipated to last 20 months (1.67 years). Right now, it seems that either this temple or the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple could be interchangeable in terms of their future completion. Once construction commences on this temple, I will feel more confident in trying to figure out which of the two will be completed first. Until that time, since work has begun in earnest on the Rio temple, I have tentatively put it ahead of this one.

Rededication Scheduled:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Renovation completed; VIP/Media tours started April 17; accepting reservations for public open house, which will run from Saturday April 22-Saturday May 20 (excluding the Sundays of April 23 & 30 and May 7 & 14); rededication scheduled for Sunday June 4, 2017.

Undergoing Renovation:
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2018.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; excavating for basement addition for new baptistry; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to mid-2018.

Renovation Scheduled:
80. Memphis Tennessee Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in October 2017; rededication may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
NOTE: With this renovation not yet started, there is much that is not known about how long it will take. We do know a couple of things: particularly that this renovation is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2019, and that renovations of temples in the United States generally are completed sooner than renovations elsewhere. This seems like a very safe estimate for the moment.
95. Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in October 2017; rededication may take place sometime during mid-2019.
NOTE: The note above applies to this temple as well. But the reason my estimate for completion is different here is that temples that commence renovation at around the same time are rarely, if ever, completed at around the same time. Until more is known, it seems safer to stagger my completion estimates for these two.
18. Tokyo Japan Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in October 2017; rededication may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
NOTE: Because this temple is outside the United States and its renovation is anticipated to be completed in two years instead of one, this temple is more likely to be rededicated about 2.5 years after its renovation commences, particularly since this temple, being the oldest one among the group of scheduled renovations that will begin this year, may need more work. Once I find out more, particularly as the renovation formally begins, I will be readjusting this estimate. But it would not surprise me in the least if this temple’s renovation is not completed until of the Washington D. C. Temple, which is anticipated to happen at around this same time as well.
112. Asuncion Paraguay Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in November 2017; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
NOTE: This renovation, for a temple outside the United States, and the one among this group that was dedicated most recently, is anticipated to be completed within two years or so.  Because it is newer, there might be less to update, which makes me think we could see a rededication at around this time.
13. Oakland California Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in February 2018; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
NOTE: This temple’s renovation is anticipated to take only a year or so, and the Church already noted that a rededication is anticipated sometime during 2019. Until more is known, 1.5 years seems to be a safe estimate for this renovation’s completion.
16. Washington D. C. Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in March 2018; rededication may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
NOTE: While this is the last temple with a renovation scheduled, we do know from the Church’s news release announcing this renovation that it will take around two years. That said, it seems entirely possible that the rededication of this temple will precede that of the Tokyo Japan Temple. More to come once more is known.
                                                                  
NOTE: In view of the fact that we have already had two temple groundbreaking events so far this year, it is entirely possible that we might see site announcements and groundbreakings for other temples in the near future. That said, it is interesting to consider that, while some of those groundbreakings might be more likely than others, ultimately, it is more difficult than I originally believed to try and pinpoint how soon those groundbreakings are likely to take place. Wanting to be as conservative in my estimates as I am able to be, I have adjusted some things. As always, I would be gratified to hear of such events happening much sooner than anyone expects. But for the moment, it seems wise to make some adjustments. Thanks.

Announced:
170. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; official site announcement anticipated later this year; groundbreaking may follow shortly thereafter.
NOTE: While the site announcement is pending, Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, who serves as the president of the Church’s Africa Southeast Area, has said that the site will be announced later this year and that a groundbreaking would be anticipated sometime shortly thereafter. It is therefore not impossible to believe that this temple could have a groundbreaking sometime between mid-and-late 2017. That said, it has also been customary for site confirmations to precede a groundbreaking by roughly a year, so I could see this groundbreaking happening sometime next year. I am keeping an eye out for developments and will adjust my predictions as necessary.
171. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking pending.
NOTE: On Sunday March 12, while presiding at a stake conference for the area in which the first Haitian temple will be built, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles officially confirmed that, just as members in the area had speculated, the plot of land behind an existing meetinghouse on the Route de Freres (French for “The Route of Brothers”) had been purchased as the official site for this temple. Since site confirmations generally precede groundbreakings by roughly a year, it is more than likely that a groundbreaking could be held sometime during early-to-mid 2018.
172. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Awaiting government approval and official site announcement.
NOTE: Given the fact that the delays preventing this temple from progressing seem to be over, there have been reports that a groundbreaking could happen for this temple as soon as later this year. However, the nature of such reports are vague and uncertain enough that it could be pushed back to next year. Speaking optimistically, I would revise my estimate to say that, if progress continues unhindered, a groundbreaking could happen on this temple by early-to-mid 2018.
173. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase; site confirmed.
NOTE: As official site confirmations are not now done at the general Church level as much as they used to be previously, it is most likely that the site confirmed by priesthood leaders, which is located in the northern section of the city, near an arm of Paranoa Lake, will be the official site for the temple. This increases the likelihood that a groundbreaking for the temple could be held sooner rather than later, perhaps by mid-2018. If that happens, then it would be the first time in almost 20 years that the Church had three temples simultaneously under construction in Brazil.
174. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase; awaiting official name announcement.
NOTE: The Church’s Philippines Facebook page has stated that this temple will be built on the southern side of the Manila metropolitan area in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Because this statement essentially constitutes a site confirmation, it is very possible that we might see a groundbreaking for this temple by mid-2018, if not before. I will be keeping my eye out for developments as they happen and will revise my estimate as I am able to. If this groundbreaking happens as estimated, then we would have two temples simultaneously under construction in the Philippines for the very first time in Church history. As indicated in previous versions of this report, a name for the second Lima Peru temple was announced within three weeks after the temple announcement, and it was confirmed today that an official name for this temple is anticipated soon.
175. Pocatello Idaho: Planning phase; awaiting site confirmation.
NOTE: While many sites are reportedly under consideration for this temple, the most likely one is a 10-acre plot of land next to the Pocatello Idaho Highland Stake Center, which was annexed into Pocatello City on April 6, 2017. Another site was reported by an Idaho news network yesterday, though the first seems more likely.  If either site is confirmed anytime soon, we could see a groundbreaking for this temple sometime during mid-2018. Because US temples usually get started and finished so much sooner than temples elsewhere, it would not surprise me in any way if Idaho’s newest temple had a groundbreaking before the Greater Manila Philippines Temple above. The only reason for listing this temple here currently is because it has not yet had a site confirmed. But in my timeline for future temple-related events, I do list a groundbreaking for this temple before that of the temple above.
176. Saratoga Springs Utah: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: While an official site has yet to be confirmed for this temple, we do know that the Church owns several acres of land in the community. And we also know that temples in Utah, particularly in Utah County, typically commence construction well before temples elsewhere. This temple is only in this position on this report because a site confirmation has not yet happened. But on my timeline for future temple-related events, I do have this temple’s future groundbreaking happening before that for the second Manila Philippines Temple. Either way, if a site is confirmed soon, we could see this groundbreaking happen during mid-to-late 2018.
177. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: Because local speculation is that an existing building that houses Church offices might be renovated and repurposed into a multi-purpose edifice that would house not only Church offices, but a meetinghouse and the temple as well (in similar fashion to what has been done for the Manhattan New York and Hong Kong China temples, it could very well be that we could see a groundbreaking for this temple sometime in mid-to-late 2018, if the site is confirmed through any means anytime soon. I will be keeping an eye on developments with this temple and will revise my estimate if needed once more is known.
178. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: The official name of this second temple for Peru’s capital city (released less than three weeks after it was announced) seems to indicate that it will be built in the Los Olivos district. That being the case, it is not hard to believe that we might see a groundbreaking for this temple sometime during early 2019.
179. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: The Church has seen substantial growth on the African continent in recent years. This is verified by the fact that, with the announcement of the 12 temples over the last three years during April General Conference, 3 (25%) of those have been in Africa. I would therefore hope that this temple, announced in 2015, would not have to wait too long for a groundbreaking, but I could see it happening sometime during early 2019, if not before.
180. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: While the first temple in Ecuador had a 14-year delay between its announcement and the subsequent groundbreaking (the second-longest such period in Church history), this temple is not nearly as likely to see such delays. The Church in South America has grown at an astonishing rate, and that is evidenced by the fact that 4 of the 12 temples announced most recently (25%) have been for South America. With the temples above most likely to have a groundbreaking first, it is very possible that we could see a groundbreaking for this time sometime during mid-2019, if not before.
181. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: South America, as noted above, has been very receptive to the gospel. As a result, more temples are coming to that continent. And while this temple has not yet had a site identified or confirmed, Brazilian temples typically have been built very swiftly. While I am hoping to see it sooner, and while I will be happy to adjust my estimate going forward if that is necessary, it seems wise for the moment to revise my estimate and say that we could see a groundbreaking during mid-2019, which would ensure that we will have at least two temples under construction in Brazil at least for the next couple of years. I will revise my estimate if and when I am able to do so.
182. Nairobi Kenya Temple: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase.
NOTE: It is becoming increasingly more likely that this African temple might be the last of the current bunch to have a groundbreaking. That said, with the Church growth that is occurring on the African continent, and with temples having gone up fairly quickly once a site is identified, I will revise my previous estimate and say that we will likely see a groundbreaking for this temple sometime during mid-to-late 2019.

ADDITIONAL GENERAL NOTE: Temple announcements are possible at any time, but the last twelve announcements have taken place during the April General Conference. I never want to rule out the possibility of announcements at other times, but that has been the pattern for the last three years. There have also been reports of several cities that have had a site purchased for a while now, and where an announcement might happen at any time. I know of at least five that have been identified to me by name: Managua Nicaragua, Auckland New Zealand, Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, Bentonville Arkansas, and Missoula Montana. If other potential temples have had a site purchased, they have yet to be identified as such. The following temples have been publicly proposed by apostles at various and sundry times:  New Delhi India (in June 1992 by Elder Neal A. Maxwell; may not happen soon due to intense political and religious obstacles); Vilnius Lithuania (in May 1993 by Elder M. Russell Ballard, which may be more of a long-shot possibility); Maracaibo Venezuela (in August 1999 by President Hinckley, which is just waiting for the right conditions); Singapore (in January 2000 by President Hinckley, and is likely to be announced when the time is right); 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. It will be announced at the right time); Managua Nicaragua (in January 2012 by then-Elder Russell M. Nelson; very likely at any time due to Nicaragua being the #1 of the top ten world countries without a temple); Missoula Montana (sometime in 2014 by Elder David A. Bednar during a stake conference in the area; 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, though perhaps not as imminent as I once believed); and for the Kasai Region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (in February 2016 by Elder Neil L. Andersen). There are likely several other sites that the Church has purchased for a potential temple, but those have yet to be verified.
                                                                                                           
Key:
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 highlights changes from the last posted temple progress report.