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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Significant Adjustments Made to Temple Construction Progress Report

Hello, all! I have taken some time today to adjust my report on temple construction progress to clarify some statements I had made. I am posting right now to share those adjustments with all of you. If anyone has feedback on these changes, please let me know, if you are able to. If I have not been successful in fixing the issues people have had commenting, I need to know that as well. I would welcome e-mails from anyone who notices any such issues. Thanks for your cooperation with and understanding of this matter.

Temple Construction Progress Update (current as of 6/15/17)

NOTE: There will be a total of 182 operating temples once all of those announced, under construction, or undergoing renovation. Of those, we currently have 156 temples in operation; 1 has an open house ongoing (with a dedication set for August); 2 more have construction concluding and a dedication scheduled for later this year; 9 are under construction right now; 1 other has construction pending (groundbreaking was last year), and will commence construction ASAP; 2 others are undergoing renovation; another 4 have a renovation closure date set, with 2 others set to close early next year (the actual dates will be set closer to the time); the remaining 13 are announced (with either a site announcement or groundbreaking pending).

NOTE: I learned over the weekend of May 12-15 that there is a possibility we could see more groundbreakings later this year. I will be keeping my eyes open for any temple-related news and will post those as I hear of them. For now, this is a correction from what I had previously reported.

Construction completed; open house tours underway:
157. Tucson Arizona Temple: Public open house tours underway (will run until June 24, Sundays excluded); dedication scheduled for Sunday August 13, 2017.

Construction nearing completion; dedication scheduled:
158. Meridian Idaho Temple: Interior finish work underway; laying sod and planting trees in parking area; dedication scheduled for Sunday November 19, 2017.
159. Cedar City Utah Temple: Exterior lighting tests underway; dedication scheduled for Sunday December 10, 2017.
                                                      
Under Construction (completion anticipated next year):
160. Rome Italy Temple: Interior and exterior work progressing; installing art glass windows; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
161. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Attaching insulating block and laying brick over south and west walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
162.  Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Stone cladding underway on north and east walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
NOTE: For the three 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: Scaffolding removed from north wall; cladding progressing on west and south walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
164. Durban South Africa Temple: Preparing to pour upper fa├žade walls of temple; scaffolding going up around upper level of meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during late 2018.
NOTE: I originally was thinking and had stated that the Concepcion and Durban temples might be interchangeable in terms of when they might be completed and subsequently dedicated. But in rechecking the LDS Church Temples site during the later hours of June 14, it had changed the estimate for Durban to sometime late next year, instead of during the middle or latter part of that same year, as previously thought. It shouldn’t affect my estimate for the time-frame of this completion, as I had predicted that this event would take place in December. But I am doing my best to analyze all of these developments and will provide updated information as I receive it.

Under construction, completion anticipated within the next 2-3 years:            
165. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Tower base walls poured; scaffolding removed; completion anticipated sometime during early 2019.
166. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Preparing to pour footings for foundation; surrounding property being cleared and graded; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2019.
NOTE: As I have previously observed, this temple and the temple in Winnipeg appeared to be interchangeable until just recently. With no progress having been reported on Canada’s newest temple, unless things change drastically, this Rio temple will no doubt be completed first. More to come once more is known.
168.  Lisbon Portugal Temple: Temple foundation work continues; running utility lines; laying brick exterior walls for meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
169. Arequipa Peru Temple: Footings poured; setting concrete forms for foundation walls; completion anticipated sometime during late 2019-early 2020.

Construction pending (anticipated to start anytime):
167. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday December 3, 2016; awaiting full-scale operations; acquiring building permits; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2019.
NOTE: As full-scale construction commencement is still pending on this temple, all that we know at the moment is that construction will take roughly 20 months (1.67 years) once it commences in full, and that this temple is being built to serve just the one stake in Winnipeg for the moment. Until construction starts in earnest, the completion date is hard to pin down. That full-scale construction may have already started, but that is difficult to ascertain. With the information known right now, mid-2019 is a very rough estimate for this temple’s completion. It would not surprise me in the least if this temple is not dedicated until 2020. Adjustments will be made once more is known. For now, this is an update from what I had previously reported.
           
Undergoing Renovation (rededication anticipated within the next year or so):
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
NOTE: On June 14, the LDS Church Temples site changed the completion estimation for this renovation to mid-2018. Since we know that temples in the US, particularly renovations, are usually finished more quickly than their international counterparts or new temples, it is unclear for the moment which temple-related event is most likely to happen first. I am doing my best to analyze these developments and will pass along any updates as soon as I can.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; excavating for basement addition for new baptistry; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
NOTE: On June 14, the LDS Church Temples site changed the completion estimation for this renovation to mid-2018. Since we know that renovations are generally completed more quickly than new temples, whether within the US or elsewhere, it is hard at the moment to try and figure out what the actual sequence of events may be for next year. I am analyzing these developments as quickly as possible and will be sure to post with any updates ASAP.

Renovations Scheduled (official closure dates announced):
112. Asuncion Paraguay Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation on September 29, 2017; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
NOTE: As I was recently reminded, a completion estimate for renovations is hard to pin down and may change daily. So until this renovation is underway in 3.5 months, it is anyone’s guess when it might actually be finished. We do know that the closure for this temple comes just over a month before it was anticipated to take place. As previously noted as well, this temple is at the top of the list of planned renovations only because it comes first alphabetically. Based on the knowledge that US temples are renovated much more quickly than their counterparts in other parts of the world, I still feel confident that this temple’s rededication will not take place until after that of the Oakland Temple, which is set for closure sometime in February next year.
80. Memphis Tennessee Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation on September 29, 2017; rededication may take place sometime during early 2019.
NOTE: As mentioned above, until this renovation gets underway in 3.5 months, a completion time-frame will be hard to pin down. Since we do know that US renovations are usually completed well in advance of their international counterparts, there is no doubt in my mind that this rededication will take place during the spring of 2019. That assertion may change once the renovation process starts, but for now, it seems to be a safe prediction to make.
18. Tokyo Japan Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation on September 29, 2017; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.
NOTE: Despite the fact that this temple is the last alphabetically that will close on the second-to-last day in September, because Tokyo time is ahead of both Asuncion and US time, this temple may be the first to close for renovation. Also, I have noted before that a rededication for this temple, which is set to happen sometime during 2020, will likely not happen until after that of the Washington DC Temple, which is set to close in 8 months.
95. Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation on October 14, 2017; rededication may take place sometime during mid-2019.
NOTE: This temple, the last of those set to close for renovation later this year, is nonetheless a US temple, so it seems safe to assume and to assert that this rededication will happen sometime after that of the Memphis Tennessee Temple, but sometime prior to the rededications of the Oakland California and Asuncion Paraguay Temples. Obviously, that may change once the renovation process commences, but for now, it seems to be a safe assertion.
                                                                                            
Temples that have a renovation closure announced, but no official date made known yet:
13. Oakland California Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in February 2018; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
NOTE: With this closure set to take place next year, until it is underway, it is difficult to pin down even a general time-frame for its completion. But it seems more than likely that the rededication for this temple will transpire well before that of the Asuncion Paraguay temple simply by virtue of it being a temple within the US. Adjustments will be made once more is known.
16. Washington D. C. Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in March 2018; rededication may take place sometime during mid-2020.
NOTE: As already noted in relation to the other renovations, until this temple begins the renovation process, a probable completion timeframe is very difficult to pin down. But given that US temple renovations are almost always completed prior to their international counterparts, it is not impossible to believe that the rededication for this temple will likely precede that of the Tokyo Japan Temple.

NOTE: While I learned during mid-May that we could have as many as four groundbreakings before the end of this year, very few developments have taken place relating to the announced temples below. And while I always prefer to think and speak optimistically, any thoughts of mine on when these events might happen are always subject to what the Lord and the Brethren feel is best, to say nothing of local attitudes and politics that may also come into play. So while I offer my best guess estimate for such events, they should not be taken as fact unless and until they are verified by subsequent announcements. I hope that is abundantly and clearly understood in the way I have reworded things.

Announced:
170. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2017.
NOTE: While we do have the statement from Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, who presides over the Africa Southeast Area, that the site announcement for this temple would come later this year and that the groundbreaking would follow shortly thereafter, there has been no change in this temple’s status since that time. If a site announcement does occur at any time within the next month or so, a groundbreaking could take place on or around Saturday August 26. There is also an equally likely chance that the groundbreaking might not take place until next year. Until something is officially announced, the date identified above is merely my own projection. Once more is known, an update will be made. I would not be at all surprised in any way if this groundbreaking is pushed back to next year. I am keeping an eye out for developments and will make any adjustments as necessary.
171. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2017.
NOTE: Elder Andersen, as previously noted, confirmed a site purchase for this temple in March. Since procuring a site is the most difficult thing to do, it is not hard to believe that a groundbreaking could take place this year, and I have felt that could happen on or around Saturday September 16. But nothing is official unless and until the Brethren make it so. I would in no way be surprised if this event was pushed back until 2018 or later. I will be sure to pass along any new information on this as I receive it.
172. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting government approval and official site announcement; groundbreaking could happen sometime during mid-to-late 2017.
NOTE: This temple has not progressed beyond its announcement almost 7 years ago. Recent developments seem to point to the possibility of a groundbreaking later this year, but I would not be surprised if that event is pushed back another year or more. Until more is known, I have felt to venture Saturday October 14 as a possible groundbreaking date, but nothing is official until the Brethren make it so. I will be sure to provide updates as I become aware of them.
173. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning and preliminary construction phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could take place sometime during mid-to-late 2017.
NOTE: While we do have the statement from the contractor supervising this project (in addition to the Arequipa Peru Temple construction) to the effect that a year would be needed to prepare the site prior to the groundbreaking, it is still unclear whether that year is nearing an end or just beginning. Once that is clarified, a more precise estimate will be able to be made. For now, I have felt that a groundbreaking might be set for Saturday December 2. Until something more official is announced, that is just my own thoughts and feelings/
174. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Planning phase; site confirmed; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early 2018.
NOTE: While local leaders have communicated to members that the site for this temple is near an arm of Paranoa Lake, and while I personally hope that confirmation will be all that is needed before a groundbreaking is announced, until something more official is known, a groundbreaking time-frame might be harder to pin down than I originally believed. Site confirmations generally precede groundbreakings by around a year. So I could see a groundbreaking happen early next year. Until more is known, that is merely hope and conjecture on my part. As with every other potential temple development, I will pass along any updates as I am able to.
175. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official name announcement; groundbreaking may take place during mid-2018.
NOTE: While we do know that this temple will stand in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, it is difficult to know when further developments might happen for this temple. An official name announcement for Lima Peru’s second temple came 3 weeks after its announcement, and I have heard from many that an official name announcement may take place sometime soon. With so much up in the air, predicting a probable groundbreaking time-frame is difficult. But we also know that temples that have had a probable site confirmed usually have a groundbreaking a year later. Once more is known, a more specific prediction will be made about that time-frame. Until that time, this is mere conjecture on my part.
176. Pocatello Idaho: Planning phase; awaiting site confirmation; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
NOTE: Elder Larry Y. Wilson, who serves as the Executive Director of the Temple Department, has indicated this Idahoan temple will be larger, somewhat akin to the size of the Meridian Idaho Temple. And while a probable site has been identified, it has not yet been made official. Depending on when that happens, a groundbreaking date might be hard to pin down. But with the knowledge that this temple will be built within the “Mormon corridor”, a groundbreaking could take place sooner than the time-frame I indicated above. As always, when I learn of any developments, I will adjust things and pass that information along.
177. Saratoga Springs Utah: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
NOTE: While Utah County temples have generally had a groundbreaking within a year of their announcement, there is so much unknown as yet. We do know that the Church owns several plots of land in that city, but nothing more official has been announced. Once a site announcement takes place, a more specific time-frame will be easier to project. I would not be at all surprised to hear of this groundbreaking either taking place earlier in 2018, or even possibly being pushed back further. Once I find out more, I will pass that information along.
178. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place during mid-to-late 2018.
NOTE: While some members have speculated that an existing Church office building could be rebuilt and renovated into a multi-purpose edifice housing Church offices, a meetinghouse, and the temple, much is unknown about this temple. If a site confirmation happens within the next year or so, I could see a groundbreaking happen sometime near the end of next year. I could also see the Church delaying that event further depending on what develops. Once additional information comes to light, I will make any needed adjustments.
179. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early 2019.
NOTE: While an official site announcement is pending, we do know that the Church is growing well in Africa. If a site is confirmed within the next year or so, a groundbreaking might take place as estimated above. But such a groundbreaking will depend on what happens between now and then. An adjustment will be made once more is known.
180. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place during mid-2019.
NOTE: Ecuador’s first temple had a 14 year waiting period between its announcement and subsequent groundbreaking. A delay of that length is not anticipated for this temple, from what I have been able to ascertain. Until a site is confirmed, a groundbreaking might be hard to pin down. Depending on what happens between now and then, the timeframe suggested above may change. I will provide updates as I learn of them.
181. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place during mid-2019.
NOTE: Because the other Brazilian temple has already had a site confirmed, I have felt confident that there will be a groundbreaking for that temple well in advance of this one. If a site announcement for this temple happens in the next year or so, I have felt that a groundbreaking could take place at around this time. But I could see it happening sooner or later, depending on what happens between now and then. Once more is known, an adjustment will be made.
182. Nairobi Kenya Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
NOTE: With so much unknown about this temple, a groundbreaking time-frame is hard to pin down. Depending on what happens in Africa between now and then, a groundbreaking for this temple may happen sooner than estimated above, or it could be pushed back. But it does seem clear that, unless something changes, this Kenyan temple will be the last of the current bunch to have a groundbreaking. Once more information becomes available, I will make any adjustments that are necessary.

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. A site is being held in reserve for that temple, and that location will be announced when membership and temple activity warrant that announcement); 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.

Updates on the Ministry of Our Apostles

Two apostles recently spoke in two very different settings about principles important to the Church, and, by extension, to the rest of the world. The Church News ran this article regarding Elder Andersen's meeting with and comments as part of a gathering of leaders of other world religions. In that report, his remarks and the response of other leaders to the gathering are detailed.

I am grateful to see that the Church is building bridges with other religious leaders. There are so many who claim that participation in an organized religion is not necessary, and that the support of formal religion is not needed in day-to-day lives. The minute Joseph Smith walked out of the Sacred Grove, he was ridiculed by the religious leaders of his day. And the first chapters of the history of this Church were filled with accounts of the Church as an institution and as individual believers were persecuted.

It took time and no small effort for the Church to be accepted and even admired by leaders of other religions. But the latest chapters of Church history have been full of a spirit of cooperation and mutual admiration between leaders of our Church and those who lead other faiths. It is wonderful to consider how far things have advanced that meetings like this can take place where shared views instead of differences can be discussed, and where leaders of all faiths can agree upon core and driving principles of belief. That was great to read about, and I hope any who will be reading that article from its link here will be equally edified and inspired as I was.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Elder Holland addressed those who work with LDS Family Services, praising their work and leaving them with his apostolic blessing. This article details that address. One of the many reasons Elder Holland continues to be a favorite of mine is his ongoing efforts to show compassion for those suffering in any way and to praise those who help ameliorate the suffering of such people. I was very moved by the report of that address.

That does it for this update. Stay tuned for more as more updates come in. Let me know your thoughts, if you are able to do so, and if you cannot, please let me know via e-mail. Thanks so much to you all for your interest and support.

Church Loses Another Emeritus General Authority

The Church News today reported the death of Emeritus General Authority Seventy Elder John R. Lasater, who died at the age of 85. As the first retired Air Force General to serve as a General Authority, he filled many prestigious assignments both during his military days, and even more so during his brief tenure as a GA Seventy. You can read more about this remarkable man's life, career, and service in this article. You can also review his one conference talk, which can be found here. That talk was given when I was not yet two, so I have no memory of it, but it does sound like it was a great address. My prayer is that that peace "which passes all understanding" may be with the Lasater family as they remember the memories they have had with him, and that their sorrow at his passing may be transformed into a celebration of life. Any of you who might want to comment on this are welcome to do so, if you are able. And if it turns out that I have not yet properly fixed that problem, please let me know via e-mail. Thanks to you all for your interest and support.