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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yet Another Update on Church Units

Hello again, everyone! I just wanted to note that, in addition to the update I provided on the number of stakes, districts, and congregations (which was posted earlier today), there have been quite a number of new wards and branches, branches upgraded to wards, wards downgraded to branches, and units that have been renamed. You can check out all of those intriguing changes here. Please note that on that page, stake and district changes are at the top, and any ward or branch changes are listed about halfway down that page. I know of many who have been confused about that, so I wanted to clarify that, for what it's worth.

For now, as always, thank you for the privilege of your time. Feel free to comment if you so desire. Until my next post, may the Lord continue to bless you all.

More Church News

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to briefly pass along more Church News. BYU-Provo has announced their devotional schedule for Fall Semester 2017, and it sounds like these events will be very inspirational. You can read more on that here.

During BYU Education Week, a representative from the Church Missionary Department gave a presentation encouraging any senior citizens attending that session to consider serving a mission. He stated that senior couples are greatly needed, and that there is currently a shortage of such couples in various missions and Church service opportunities worldwide. You can read more about that address here. Having served with both Welfare Services and as a temple worker, I can attest how important senior couples are to the Church and its progress not just in those fields, but also worldwide. I have seen so many older couples leave on missions and come back with incredible experiences to share. So to any senior couples reading this, I would add my encouragement to serve. You will not regret doing so, and the Church needs each and everyone one of you.

And the Church also released another update a few hours ago on how the flooding has impacted members, missionaries, and the Houston Texas Temple. You can find that update here/

That does it for this update. Thank you for the privilege of your time. Any comments are welcome and appreciated. Until my next post, may the Lord continue to bless you all.


Minor Temple Construction Progress Developments to Report

Hello, everyone! I am posting for the first time today (as I have not felt well up until now and have thus spent most of my day snoozing) to report some minor changes in temple construction progress. Let's dive right in to discuss those changes!

First of all, as some of you may have noticed in recent versions of the reports I have published here about temple construction progress, I have been tracking how much time there will be between the date of each report and the 200th anniversary of the gospel's restoration (Saturday April 6,, 2030, when, if tradition holds, at least some of the General Conference proceedings from that weekend will be broadcast live from the site of the restoration of the Church in Fayette, New York). As of today, there are 12.60 decimal years between now and then. The average number of temples that will need to be completed between now and then still sit at between 3-4 each year, which the Church can likely easily do.

It is also now just less than a month before open house tickets will be available for the Meridian Idaho Temple (with the open house set to start in less than two months and the dedication to follow in just about 2.5 months). Likewise, it is just over two months prior to the date when the open house tickets will be available for the Cedar City Utah Temple open house, with the open house starting just short of two months from today, and the dedication following in just over three months.

As we also know, the renovations for the Memphis Tennessee and Tokyo Japan Temples will start exactly one month from today, with the renovations for Oklahoma City set to start in about 1.5 months, and the Asuncion Paraguay renovation will start two months from today.

In the meantime, only minor progress has been reported on temples now under construction, with it being noted by several of my sources today that the Durban South Africa Temple roof slab has been poured completely. Also, with the Fortaleza Brazil Temple, the exterior walls of the meetinghouse are rising.

I also found this interesting: It appears now that, until further progress is made towards resolving the delays that are continuing to prevent full-scale construction from starting on the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple that many sources are not comfortable with trying to estimate a completion date for this temple. We do know that whenever full-scale construction does begin that it is anticipated to take 20 months or so to complete. That said, I have not seen a compelling enough reason that I should take out the completion estimate I have listed for that temple. But if there has been no further progress on this temple within the next couple of months, I will then consider it wiser to not list a completion date until construction does begin, because that will be around the time winter starts again in Winnipeg, and it will then be too late for that construction to begin during 2017. I encourage us all to continue to pray that whatever is delaying this process will be resolved sooner rather than later. Until more is known, I remain optimistic.

Aside from what I have noted here, there have been no other noticeable temple-related developments to report. I will continue to keep my eyes open for such developments and I will be sure to pass along any information as I receive it. In the meantime, thank you for the privilege of your time. Comments alre always welcome and appreciated. Until my next post, may the Lord be with and bless you alll.