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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Upcoming Milestones for our Apostles

Hello again, everyone! Hope you all are well. I am posting again now to share information about two apostles who will be observing their birthdays within the next couple of weeks (or less), in addition to two tenure milestones occurring later in the month of October. Let's get right into all of that.

First of all, I wanted to provide a look at the apostles who will observe their birthdays in the month of October. I am mentioning these milestones now because, due to the dates involved, if I were to delay 1-3 days to share this information, at least the first milestone would have come and gone by that time.

That said, two of our apostles have birthdays this month, and those will be marked within the first ten days of the month. First, our junior apostle Elder Ulisses Soares, will mark his 60th birthday on Tuesday October 2. When that occurs, all apostles will be in their 60s or older.

And then, just 6 days later (on Monday October 8, the day after General Conference concludes), Acting President M. Russell Ballard will, as also previously noted, be observing his 90th birthday. As a result of those birthdays,  the 15 apostles will then include 2 nonagenarians, 2 octogenarians, 4 septuagenarians, and 7 sexagenarians.  And that may be the first time the Church has ever had this kind of breakdown of the apostle's ages.

But it doesn't stop there. Later on in October, both President Nelson and President Oaks will be observing additional milestones in their tenure-length over the next little while. First, on Thursday October 11, the length of President Nelson's prophetic administration will be longer than that of President Howard W. Hunter. He will thus be the 16th longest-serving Church president in history.

11 days later (on Monday October 22), the length of President Oaks' tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will have exceeded that of President Gordon B. Hinckley, and he (President Oaks) will thus become the 25th longest-serving Quorum President in the history of the Church.

It is fun for me to monitor this information, and I have appreciated having the chance to pass it on to you all here. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Additional Church News Reported

Hello again, everyone! I am back to report some additional Church news. I would have done so earlier today when many of these developments first came to my attention, but I had to take care of some health-related issues. We will begin with articles posted both on the LDS Church news website and on the Newsroom of the Church's official website, then move to two more articles posted just on the Newsroom, and finish with stories unique to the Church News website. Let's get into all of those articles.

The Newsroom and the Church News noted today that, in an effort to increase safety and efficiency, and for the purpose of enhancing the experience for General Conference attendees, new security measures are going into effect during the upcoming General Conference weekend. The sources cited above speak for themselves, so I will not comment further on them.

Next, additional stories  from the Newsroom: the first highlight how Elder Uchtdorf, in a recent tour of Europe, became the first apostle to visit the Polish city of GdaƄsk. He also made additional stops in London, Frankfurt (where a temple is in the concluding stages of its' renovation), Moscow (which, in my opinion, is the top candidate for the temple announced in Russia), and Kaliningrad.

The second story continues highlighting articles from other Church Newsrooms around the world, with today's edition featuring developments reported from Europe (with a copy of that article appearing on the Newsrooms for Ireland, Finland, Hungary, Poland, and Portugal), Guatemala, Ukraine, and Ghana.

We conclude now with articles featured on the Church News website. First is an article about a little-known Church calling, a position entitled disability specialist. Although not a lot has been shared about this position in the Church, there have been a number of people with disabilities that have benefited from the efforts of those whose work it is to see about providing accommodations for those who are disabled.

And the Church News continued to provide additional details of the recent address Elder D. Todd Christofferson gave at the G20 summit, in this article (providing the complete transcript of remarks he gave in Spanish on Thursday September 27, in which he covered the topic of the crucial role of religious freedom in today's society) and this one (providing the complete transcript of remarks he gave in English on Wednesday September 26, in which he covered the topic of the Church's efforts to give worldwide assistance to those who are less fortunate).

This leads me to an interesting point that I had not considered very thoroughly: the recent changes in Church leadership mean that we have several among the current apostles who speak more than one language fluently. And if that is not an accurate reflection of the fact that the Church is truly more international now than it ever has been, I don't know what is.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your rime. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Additional Church News and Temple Developments Reported

Hello again, everyone! As the title of this blog post implies, I am posting today to share some additional Church news and temple developments which have been reported. First, on the temple news front: The construction crews working on the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple have made the exterior lighting operational. Although the Lord may have different timing in mind, it would not in any way surprise me at all if we were to hear an announcement of the open house and dedication information within the next 2-4 months, or if that was set to occur between February and May of next year. Time will tell.

In the meantime, moving on: The G20 Interfaith Forum has  continued. Just in summary, two articles have been focused on that, with a summary of Elder Christofferson's remarks during that forum featured here, and with him addressing the question of why protecting religious freedom is so important here.

And the Church announced today some updates to their guidelines on food storage and the emergency preparedness program. You can more details in the Church News and via the official Newsroom on the Church website.

In continuing coverage of the relief efforts in which the Church is involved following Hurricane Florence, there is a report of how Christmas in September was possible for those Saints in view of a miraculous donation. And the Church News also reported how Elder David F. Evans, a General Authority Seventy, was able to craft a powerful message as a result of an unintentional General Conference blooper.

I am keeping my eyes on all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to continue passing word on either or both fronts as I receive word of them. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Miscellaneous Church and Temple News Provided

Hello again, everyone! Within the last hour or so, I have become aware of several significant temple developments and additional Church News. This post will serve to share all of those developments. We start with the temple developments. First and foremost, the Facebook page from which I have continued to pull recent temple updates shared here has shared an article in Spanish which indicates that President Nelson will preside at the dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple, the first new temple dedicated during his prophetic administration. I had thought that would be the case.

While I am not definitively sure who else might be in attendance from general Church leadership, since Elder Jeffrey R. Holland served for two years (from August 2002-August 2004) as president of what was then the Chile Area, it would not surprise me if he is the one accompanying President Nelson to this dedication. But since the country of Chile also falls under the South America South Area, over which Elder Ronald A. Rasband currently has a supervisory role, he could be the accompanying apostle as well. I will share more information on all of this as I find out more.

In the meantime, while the open house for the Concepcion Chile Temple continues, the open house for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple will begin in roughly 5.5 weeks. And new information received about the Lisbon Portugal Temple indicates that trees and plants are being added to the grounds of that temple.

I also have found an update on the Raleigh North Carolina Temple, where the process of cladding the exterior in stone continues. I should interject here that I have made yet another change to the section of my temple construction progress report which lists the temples currently undergoing renovation. Although the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple has seemed to make more consistent progress, the process of stone cladding for that temple has not yet begun. Given the fact that stone cladding has not only begun but is making significant progress on the Raleigh Temple, I have switched the two back to the original anticipated completion order.

That concludes the temple updates portion of this post. Let's move on now to the general Church news I wanted to pass along. Many of you may recall from Church history accounts that one of the first black members of the Church after its' restoration was Jane Manning (who later married and had the last name James). When she first joined the Church and sought refuge with the Saints, Emma Smith, the wife of the Prophet Joseph, not only took her in, but befriended her. The friendship of the two women would continue to last through the aftermath of the Prophet's martyrdom. As her husband's death shook her to the core, Emma found comfort in the quiet reassurance of her friend, Jane Manning James. The unlikely friendship of these two women is highlighted and underscored in a new movie, entitled "Jane and Emma". The article about the movie is well worthy of your attention.

The Church has released a new website that is designed to help individuals and families affected by the use of pornography. More details on that site are provided by the Newsroom on lds.org. And the Church continues to announce new members of the auxiliary boards, reporting that 2 men have been called to the Young Men General Board.

Also from the Newsroom was another article I may or may not have previously shared, describing how members of the Church (Latter-day Saints) in North Carolina are serving their neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. And, a final story, from the "News & Events" page on the Church website, shares how Elder Dale G. Renlund (who has responsibilities for the South America Northwest Area) visited Peru and Bolivia recently. He made stops in Iquitos and Lima (where he may have stopped off to see how work was progressing towards getting work started on the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple) and in El Alto, La Paz, and Santa Cruz Bolivia.

Quick interjection here: I have previously referenced the fact that a second temple for Bolivia seems likely, and Santa Cruz and La Paz seem like the most likely candidates for such a temple. Of the two, Santa Cruz may have somewhat of an "edge" or stronger case, but I would anticipate temples in both places within the next 15-30 years or less, depending on the extent of President Nelson's temple plans. And, from what I understand, a temple in La Paz would serve the El Alto region, since the two are close.

That said, Elder Renlund and his wife, Ruth, were accompanied by Elder Jose A. Teixeira of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife Filomena, and also by the members of the South America Northwest Area Presidency (Elders Enrique R. Falabella, Hugo Montoya, and Mathias Held). The News & Events page has provided a full summary of what occurred during this visit.

All of these articles are well worthy of your attention. I continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I receive it. Since tomorrow is Thursday, and since we have seen other major news come from the Church on Thursdays in recent weeks, I would anticipate that, if confirmation is going to be provided soon about the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple groundbreaking, that will occur tomorrow. I will be sure to pass along such news whenever it might come, along with any other breaking developments ASAP.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Additional Church News Reported

Hello again, everyone! While I hope the conversation and main focus will continue to center on the predictions I put together for the upcoming General Conference (for which I will, as noted, be continuing to accept feedback for the next week or so) and on the game-changing temple developments reported today, I wanted to pass along some of the latest Church news stories which have come to my attention. We begin by talking about newly-reported developments on the Newsroom of the Church's official website, and then move to stories from the LDS Church News website. But I will also be noting stories posted on both websites where applicable. Let's get right into all of that.

While official confirmation of those latest temple developments is pending, both the Newsroom and Church News reported a new video series in support of those feeling suicidal, entitled: "Choose to Stay". The Church has recently taken greater steps to emphasize how precious and fleeting life is, and to urge those struggling with negative thoughts that lead to suicidal feelings to seek help, and to talk to those they love about how they are feeling. Given that none of us knows what is going through the heads of others unless they choose to share such information, anyone in tune with the Spirit can help minister to those who may feel lost, worthless, hopeless, or that life is no longer worth living.

But there has also been an increased emphasis by the Church about the fact that we don't know the exact situation of those who do take their own lives, and that's why it is important for all of us to leave the judgement of such people and their situations in the hands of the Lord.. That said, there seems to have been a greater emphasis by the Church that preventing anyone from getting to the point where they are determined to go through with taking their own lives is always the best option. I hope we will heed the counsel of these leaders and look out for those who may be troubled to that degree.

And the reports of Church members ministering in their communities and elsewhere to individuals and locations devastated by recent storms continues with a report highlighting ongoing relief efforts, with accounts of how both those devastated by the storms and those in neighboring regions have come together to help clean up and repair the devastated regions, and the hearts of those affected by such disasters.

Turning now to the Church News, roughly 1.5 years since the scripture mastery program was replaced by doctrinal mastery for seminary students around the world, the Church News provides a look at how the initiative has had a positive influence on the lives of the youth and seminary teachers around the world.

The Church News continued their "From the Vault" series highlighting classic addresses given by Church leaders and their spouses over the years. There have been many summaries of amazing addresses shared recently, and I encourage each of you to peruse that section as time allows. It is well worth your time.

Speaking at the weekly devotional for LDS Business College at the Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City, Presiding Bishop Gerald Causse unexpectedly surprised those in a attendance by briefly performing a piano duet with one of the faculty members. The Church News provides these details about that impromptu performance and the counsel he provided to those students during that time.

And finally, during a visit to the South America South Area (over which he has a supervisory role), Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on how he was able to pass on a lesson he had learned from another Church leader.

Elder Rasband, as most or all of you may recall, has served as a General Authority since April 2000, becoming a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in August 2005, and going on to become the Senior President of the Seventy less than four years later, in April 2009. He would still be serving in that capacity at the time of his call to the apostleship in October 2015.

Anyways, he recalled traveling on one occasion with Elder Richard G. Scott to Argentina (where the latter had served as a mission president years before, and where, as some of you may recall, one of his missionaries was a future apostolic colleague, Elder D. Todd Christofferson). On that occasion, when Elders Scott and Rasband found they were on a tight schedule, Elder Rasband suggested to Elder Scott that they forgo sharing handshakes with the members in consideration of the time limit. Elder Scott grabbed him by the lapel of his suit and explained that part of his role as an apostle was to greet the members, look into their eyes, and shake their hands. He went on to say that if time was truly an issue, he would keep his remarks brief to allow time to greet the members, and that's exactly what occurred.

During Elder Rasband's visit to the South America South Area, his General Authority companion, Elder Carlos A. Godoy, who, as a new member of the Presidency of the Seventy, now assists Elder Rasband with the supervision of that area, noticed a similar time constraint and essentially made the same suggestion. Remembering Elder Scott's words and example to him from years earlier, Elder Rasband did the same thing, gently grabbing Elder Godoy by the lapel, while explaining that part of his role was to greet the Saints, shake their hands, and look into their eyes, and that he would, if need be, cut his remarks short to allow that to occur.

I love accounts like this, where the memory of instruction from an apostle who has since passed away blesses not only a newer apostle who takes it to heart, but also blesses the future leaders of the Church, particularly members of the Presidency of the Seventy, many of whom have been "apostles-in-training" (by which I mean that 8 of our 15 current apostles were serving in the Presidency of the Seventy at the time of their calls, so that Presidency is a prime place from which apostolic candidates are selected).

And even for those members of the Presidency of the Seventy that do not go on to serve as apostles, their divinely appointed roles, along with their General Authority Seventy counter-parts, is that they "instead of any others", should be called upon to "assist the Twelve" as the need arises and as the work requires. Therefore, in a very real sense, the ministry of all men ordained to the office of seventy, either as a general authority or area seventy, is an extension of the ministry of the apostles worldwide.

It has been my honor to bring summaries of these developments to you all at this time. I do continue to monitor any and all Church news stories, in addition to temple developments, and am committed to bringing word of those to you as I receive it.

As a quick closing note, I am working as I can on updating my previously-provided estimates for known future temple-related events. Based on the newest milestones and updates that I have heard of and which I have found, I will be hoping to post that here hopefully before the end of this month. I also continue to accept any and all comments on my predictions for next General Conference until Monday October 1, so continued feedback is welcome specifically on that.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Temple Updates Provided

Hello again, everyone! There have been a few more temple updates reported in the last several hours. I think I can pass them along without having to post my entire report again. So let's get right into all of them. We start with an update on the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple, which will, if all goes well, be the next to have a dedication scheduled. On the grounds of that temple, the installation of pavers and plants continues at a steady rate. The general time-frame for that temple's completion remains early-to-mid 2019, and I have ventured my opinion that a dedication is possible in mid-April.

At the Raleigh North Carolina Temple, stone cladding continues at a steady pace. As some of you may recall, a while ago, based on the progress I saw with the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple, which has seemed to progress more consistently than the Raleigh Temple, I switched the two. Given the fact that we have seen an increased number of updates on the Raleigh renovation recently, I may be rethinking that.

Now to the big news: According to a report from a Church member in the Abidjan Ivory Coast, a groundbreaking for that temple is anticipated to be held on November 8 of this year. I hope that turns out to be the case. However, I looked for verification of this on the Church News website, and on the Church's official website (on both the News & Events page and the Newsroom), and I even consulted the Newsroom page for the Ivory Coast, which I had Google translate from French to English. The long and the short of it is that I have not yet found confirmation that this report is accurate. And there has been no release of an artist's rendering or an official site announcement.

I hope that this report does turn out to be true. That would give me hope that the Abidjan temple will have a groundbreaking this year in addition to the one in Bangkok. However, until this is officially confirmed in some way through official Church sources, I am taking this information with a grain of salt.

I continue to monitor all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I receive it. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Latest Apostolic Statistics: Part Two--Updated Ages & Other Important Information

Hello again, everyone! Having set the stage in the first part of this apostolic age update (posted just a few moments ago), we now move on to talk specifics regarding the long-form and decimal ages of our current apostles, which will also include updated information on the average ages of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the 15 apostles as a group, and current and future nonagenarians. So let’s get right into all of that. Again, all data is current as of today (Sunday September 23, 2018).

First, I thought it might be appropriate to share an overview of the apostolic birthdays that are coming up in the near future, particularly those which will be observed before I post the next such update, which I will try to do in 6-weeks’ time (around November 4). We have two apostolic birthdays coming up before then. The first will be the 60th birthday of our youngest apostle, Elder Ulisses Soares, which he will be observing on October 2. Then, as noted towards the end of my last post, President M. Russell Ballard’s 90th birthday will be observed 6 days later, on October 8. Just by way of reminder, we have two apostles each observing their birthdays in November (Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s 78th on the 6th, and Elder Dale G. Renlund’s 66th exactly one week later), while Elders Jeffrey R. Holland and Gerrit W. Gong will observe their respective 78th and 65th birthdays on the 3rd and 23rd of December respectively.

With that noted, we now move on to some exact figures about the ages (and average ages) of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and all 15 apostles as a group. For the First Presidency, President Russell M. Nelson’s long-form age is now 94 years, 0 months, and 14 days, which works out to 94.04 decimal years. President Dallin H. Oaks has reached the age of 86 years, 1 month, and 11 days, which is 86.12 years. President Henry B. Eyring, who, as previously noted, is almost always 0.8 years younger than President Oaks, is now 85 years, 3 months, and 23 days old, which puts him at a decimal age of 85.32 years.

The three Presiding High Priests now have a combined 265.48 years of life experience, which puts their average age at 88.49 years as of today. President Oaks remains closest to that average, still being 2.37 years below it. Obviously, Presidents Nelson and Eyring are still respectively above and below the average.

We move on now to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. First, President Ballard, whose 90th birthday is, as noted, 15 days away, has a long-form age of 89 years, 11 months, and 15 days old, with a decimal age of 89.96 years. Elder Holland is now 77 years, 9 months, and 20 days old, which puts his decimal age at 77.81 years. Elder Uchtdorf, at just under a month older than Elder Holland, is now 77 years, 10 months, and 17 days old, making him 77.88 in decimal years.

Elder Bednar has a long-form age of 66 years, 3 months, and 8 days, with a decimal age of 66.27 years.  Elder Cook, who also observed a birthday since my last update, is 78 years, 0 months, and 15 days old, making his decimal age 78.04 years. Elder Christofferson is now 73 years, 7 months, and 30 days old, which works out to 73.66 years.

Elder Andersen is now 67 years, 1 month, and 14 days old, which puts his decimal age at 67.12 years. Elder Rasband’s long-form age is 67 years, 7 months, and 17 days, with a decimal age of 67.63 years. Elder Gary E. Stevenson, who was the youngest apostle currently serving until last April, is now 63 years, 1 month, and 17 days old, which is 63.13 in decimal years.

We now come to the final three apostles. Elder Renlund now has a long-form age of 65 years, 10 months, and 10 days old, which is 65.86 years. Elder Gong is now exactly 64 years and 9 months old, with a resulting decimal age of 64.75 years.  Elder Soares, whose 60th birthday is coming up, as noted earlier, on October 2, is now 59 years, 11 months, and 21 days old, with a resulting decimal age of 59.98 years.

The current members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have a combined life experience of 852.09 years, which averages out to 71.01 years for each of those 12 Brethren. As I noted previously, the ages of Elders Christofferson and Rasband put them above and below that average respectively, with Elder Christofferson now being 2.65 years older and Elder Rasband remaining roughly 3.38 years younger.

Based on the information I provided earlier about the members of the First Presidency, the 15 apostles have a combined 1117.57 years of life experience, which averages out to 74.5 years. Elders Holland and Christofferson stand closest to that average, with the former being 3.31 years older, and the latter remaining 0.84 years younger.

We now move on to the nonagenarians. President Nelson remains the 7th oldest apostle in Church history, and now has just over 9 months before he will move up on that list. President Ballard will join that list in just 15 days. This means that by the time I post these statistics again, not only will President Ballard have joined the list of nonagenarians, but he will be 10 days away from when he will first move up on it.  While 12 other apostles will join the list at various intervals, Elder Soares now has 30 years and 9 days until his 90th birthday.

I continue to track all of this information, and will do my level best to pass updates on to you regularly, with my hope being to post the next such update roughly 6 weeks from now, which I hope to continue to do for the foreseeable future. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated on any post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time.

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Latest Apostolic Statistics: Part One--Updated Data for President Oaks, President Nelson, and Longest-Serving Apostolic Groups


Hello again, everyone! While I hope any or all of you would feel free to continue to comment on any previous posts published on this blog, another 6 weeks have come and gone since I last posted updated information on the latest apostolic statistics (with that last update occurring on Sunday August 12, 2018). Since there have been an impressive number of changes in that information in the 1.5 months which have come and gone, it seems appropriate to focus on it again now.

As always, before we begin the discussion of that updated data, I wanted to recognize that there may be many of you who are not interested in the information I will be providing. So I will not in any way be offended or bothered if any of you prefer to bypass this information (which will, as always, be covered over the course of two posts).

As usual, all data is current as of today (Sunday September 23, 2018). This update will again feature the data in the same order as previous updates. We will start with some data about the Presidents of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, then turn our attention to the Presidents of the Church. After discussing those things, the first post will end, and the second (to be published shortly after the first) will then highlight the latest data about all 15 of our apostles, including information on those who have had a birthday recently and those whose birthdays are getting closer.

So let’s begin with some information on President Oaks’ current tenure length as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which will include exploring how soon he will move up on this list. The length of his service has currently spanned 8 months and 9 days. As I noted in a post done on Friday September 14, last Sunday (September 16), the length of President Oaks’ tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve surpassed that of President David O. McKay, so President Oaks then became the 26th longest-serving Quorum President.

Just less than one month from today (on October 22), he will become the 25th longest-serving Quorum President, having served longer in that capacity than President Gordon B. Hinckley. Then, as previously noted, in 2019, he will mark 5 milestones, one in April, two others in July (which will be observed two days apart), and the remaining two in November, and December. I will mention the specifics of those milestones closer to that time.

Insofar as I have been able to determine, President Oaks does not appear to have any significant health issues, and if that continues to be the case, he is almost certain to be around for at least the next 5-7 years, if not longer. And of course, the length of his tenure as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will depend on both the length of President Oaks’ life and that of President Nelson. But by all appearances, President Nelson could be around for the next decade or two.

And speaking of President Nelson, since he was ordained and set apart as Church president on the same day he set apart President Oaks as Quorum President, his tenure has spanned 8 months and 9 days as well. He is now 94 years, 0 months, and 14 days old.

He will observe the first tenure length milestone of his presidency roughly 2.5 weeks from today, on Thursday October 11 (when he will have served longer than President Howard W. Hunter). He will observe both another tenure-related and his first age-related milestone two days apart in July of 2019, with subsequent milestones more spread out in the years following that. And again, I will be detailing those more specifically closer to the time when they will be reached.

As I have also noted before, by all accounts, President Nelson remains healthy, vigorous, and fully involved in the day-to-day work of moving the Church forward. And as far as I know, neither of his counselors (who are both 7-8 years younger than he is) are suffering from any major health issues either, which means that these Brethren will likely be serving together for at least the next several years, and I could easily see them at least making the list of the longest-serving First Presidencies in the Church, which will, as previous noted, occur on Sunday April 1, 2024.

And by the end of that same year, not only will the current First Presidency reach a couple of other milestones, but President Nelson will also become the first centenarian apostle and Church president. I know that, as recently as last year, I had offered my opinion that, if President Nelson became president of the Church, he would likely not serve for very long, given his age. But by all reports, when meeting with Church members and other leaders, people have observed he seems 20-30 years younger than he actually is. As a former heart surgeon, it has been very rightly pointed out that President Nelson would know how to take care of himself, and that, due to his testimony of gospel principles (particularly those relating to health), he is one of the few heart surgeons self-disciplined enough to actually do those things. With that in mind, I would not be surprised if, as Elder Andersen expressed his hope last conference, he will be around for the next decade or two.

As for the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, except for President Ballard (who will be 90 on October 8, which is 15 days away), and who appears to be in fairly good health as well, though he may not be as healthy as President Nelson), all other apostles are younger than 80, though within the next 2 years and 3 months, we will have 3 other octogenarians in the Quorum. With that in mind, the current members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who have served together since March 31 of this year, will most likely easily make the list of the longest-serving apostles on March 31, 2021. By the end of that same year, they will have moved up 3 spots on the list. I will give more specific data in this regard closer to that time.

By the end of 2021, the current group of apostles in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will have made and moved up on the list of other groups of ordained apostles to become the 12th longest-serving such group in Church history, and other milestones will be reached in the years following. All of those milestones will depend on how long each of our apostles live and serve, and on how much they (or anyone else) are affected by health issues. I continue to track the health and ministry of these Brethren and will keep you posted.

With that said, I want to conclude this portion of the update. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on this or any other post at any time. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe.

Until my next post (which should be the second one on this subject and will be published here within the next few minutes), I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Estimates Updated for General Time-frames Within Which Announced Temples May Have a Groundbreaking

Hello again, everyone! In my ongoing efforts to analyze current developments and regularly update my thoughts about the time-frames within which future events might occur, and following additional research and analysis on my part, I have once again revised and updated my thoughts about the order whereby and the time-frames within which the current 19 announced temples might have a groundbreaking announced.

Particularly, I reevaluated what I knew about the climate in such areas, whether or not an official site has been confirmed, and anything which has been publicly identified by general Church leadership as pertinent information. And specifically, although I would hope no further delays are in store for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple, since the artist's rendering has been released for the Pocatello Idaho Temple, I have prioritized the latter and also the Saratoga Springs Utah Temple above the one in Urdaneta.

I also, where I felt it would be appropriate, re-ordered the other temples based on the factors I mentioned above. So it does look almost entirely different. I should also note that, if the previously-mentioned plans President Nelson has to rapidly expand the number of temples worldwide involves an acceleration of the process whereby temples move from announcement to groundbreaking ton construction to dedication, then most if not all of the time-frames I set for each of the temples below could be significantly accelerated.

Additionally, it is worth noting that I had heard that both this year and next year would be huge ones for temple groundbreakings. Although I can only see the Bangkok Thailand Temple having a groundbreaking in the near future, it would not surprise me in the least to learn that 2 or more additional temples might also have a groundbreaking by the end of this year. Right now, though, until the extent of those plans are known, I needed to be more conservative in my conclusions about these time-frames.

The updated estimates follow below, with what has been updated appearing in red text. So as not to disturb the flow of that information, I will end here and now as I always do. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. I would especially appreciate hearing from any of you who might have knowledge about any of these announced temples that I may not be aware of.

Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.


Announced temples:
171. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning and approvals; artist’s rendering released on March 19, 2018; groundbreaking may take place sometime during late 2018.
Note: With the site identified and the release of the artist’s rendering, a groundbreaking for this temple may just be a matter of time. In connection with materials released on the date noted above, President Nelson noted he did not see any obstacles hindering the commencement of the construction process for this temple. Since this November marks the 52nd anniversary of Thailand’s being dedicated for the preaching of the gospel, November may just be the month in which this groundbreaking occurs, or it could occur during the final month of this year.
172. Pocatello Idaho Temple: Planning and approval; site confirmed and artist’s rendering released on September 6, 2018; groundbreaking anticipated sometime during early 2019.
Note: On the date mentioned above, with the site confirmation and release of the artist’s rendering, the official announcement also noted that construction on the temple (which will take around 2-3 years) was anticipated to begin at some point next year. I have therefore moved my estimate for that process to early 2019, and could see a groundbreaking scheduled sometime between mid-January and late March.
173. Saratoga Springs Utah Temple: Planning and approval; designs underway; picture of presumed location shared on Facebook on August 27, 2018; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
Note: Although a site confirmation is pending for this temple, because designs are currently underway, and because this is a Utah County temple (since temples in Utah always progress more swiftly than other temples elsewhere within the US), I have moved this temple up and down again on this list for the following reasons: on the last day of May, given the information about the designs being underway for the temple, I moved it temple up on this list. Around 6 weeks later, on July 6, 2018, as a result of the developments relating to the Urdaneta Philippines temple, I moved this one down and adjusted my general estimate for its’ groundbreaking. Then, on September 22, 2018, given the tropical storms in the Philippines, and because the Pocatello Idaho Temple will likely have a groundbreaking first, I moved this temple to its’ current spot. Depending on what happens in relation to this temple, it seems more likely than not that a groundbreaking could occur for this temple between March and June of next year, but certainly sooner if more information is provided.
174. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Site clearing activities underway; artist’s rendering anticipated to be released in the near future; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
Note: On July 6, 2018, the LDS Church Temples Facebook page reported the developments noted above, and with that in mind, an artist’s rendering may be released and a groundbreaking ceremony may be set at some point in the very near future. Since this temple has not had a groundbreaking in the almost-8 years since it was announced, and in view of both the tropical storms that have devastated the Philippines and the comparative progress that has been made towards a groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho and Saratoga Springs Utah Temples, although I hope that this temple will have a groundbreaking sooner, I am altering my previously-offered estimate to sometime between May and September of next year. If I see anything which indicates that could occur sooner, I will make any other adjustments that may be needed.
175. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning and preliminary construction phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2019.
Note: In March 2017, the contractor for this temple indicated that a year of pre-planning would be needed for this temple site before a groundbreaking could be held. While it is unclear when that year began (or if that year has already passed), it seems safe to assume that the groundbreaking for this temple could occur within the next year, if not sooner.
176. Nairobi Kenya Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; media event held June 14, 2017; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2019.
Note: During President Nelson’s recent visit to Kenya, a national newspaper noted that the site for this temple had been selected, and that because this temple was anticipated to be a smaller one, its’ dedication might occur sometime during 2021. With that in mind, it is not hard to believe that an official site announcement and groundbreaking could occur within the next 15-18 months.
177. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Planning and approval; site inspected by Church engineers on June 21, 2017; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: Although a site inspection occurred one year ago for this temple, the prospective groundbreaking timeframes offered for the temples above necessitates a change in my previously-offered thoughts about the imminence of that groundbreaking. While I would hope that the Brazilian Saints would not have to wait another 1.5 years for this temple’s groundbreaking, until more is known, it seems wiser to be conservative in this estimate.
178. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official name announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: Although this temple may also be further along in its’ progress towards a groundbreaking than other temples above it, in view of the factors noted on the others above this one, it has seemed wiser to be more conservative in my estimate for this temple’s future groundbreaking. Additionally, since getting the Urdaneta Philippines Temple underway may be more of a priority for the Church, this one may only have a groundbreaking within the next 16-19 months.
179. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
Note: Although an official site confirmation is pending, President Nelson visited a probable location during his world tour in April 2018. If that site location is officially confirmed in the near future, then a groundbreaking could easily follow within the next 15 months or less.
180. Layton Utah Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
Note: While I would anticipate that, for this temple in Utah, its’ construction will likely get underway sooner than other temples on this list, and while that could happen sooner than indicated above if the Church confirms that the land that was bought in Layton two days before the temple was announced in that city will serve as the site for that temple, it has seemed wiser to be more conservative in my estimate for this temple’s potential groundbreaking. I will be delighted to move it up on this list if I see a good enough reason to do so.
181. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early 2020.
Note: This is the last of the three temples announced in April 2015 that may have a groundbreaking. The Church in the Ivory Coast has seen sufficient enough growth that a second (and perhaps even a third) temple may be announced to serve the Saints in this nation, but that may not occur until this temple makes further progress. We have seen recent developments on other temples in Africa, which gives me hope that this temple could have a groundbreaking ceremony around the estimated time noted above, but time will tell how accurate that might prove to be.
182. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: While the first Ecuadoran temple had a 14-year wait between its’ announcement and groundbreaking, with the progress the Church has made in South America within the last two decades, this temple (to be built in the Ecuadoran capital city) will likely not see a wait nearly that long. I personally hope that this groundbreaking will occur sooner than indicated above, but until more information is available, I have felt a need to be more conservative.
183. Richmond Virginia Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: Although an official site confirmation is pending for this temple, a Virginia newspaper noted in mid-April 2018 that the Church had procured several acres of land in Richmond sometime during 2015. If the Church confirms in the near future that one of those plots will be the official temple site, then a groundbreaking could easily occur within the next two years, but possibly less, since temples in the US generally have construction begin well in advance of their international counterparts.
184. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: Although this temple was announced one year before the Brasilia Brazil Temple, that temple is further along in the approval process and will likely therefore have its’ groundbreaking before that occurs for this temple. In preparing these updated thoughts, it occurred to me that the Church may opt to hold off on beginning construction of this temple until both the Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro Temples are dedicated. With that in mind, I have felt that the groundbreaking could occur at around this time, but I will alter this estimate as needed once more is known.
185. Managua Nicaragua Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2020.
Note: Since then-Elder Nelson had publicly proposed this temple in 2012, and President Nelson himself made the announcement, I would imagine the Lord will allow him to be very much involved in the process of this temple’s construction and eventual dedication. With that in mind, I could see a groundbreaking occur within the next 24-27 months, but hopefully sooner if all goes well.
186. Salta Argentina Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2020.
Note: While the time-frames offered for the temples above this one has resulted in this temple’s estimate being delayed as well, it would not surprise me if a groundbreaking for this temple happens sooner than estimated here.
187. Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.
Note: While I would anticipate that this temple will likely not have a groundbreaking until significant progress has been made on both the Urdaneta and greater Manila area temples, it is not impossible to believe that a groundbreaking could occur for this newest Filipino temple within the next 2.5-2.75 years, but perhaps sooner if all goes well.
188. Bengaluru India Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2021.
Note: As previously noted, President Nelson had not originally intended to announce a temple for India during the April 2018 General Conference, but was inspired to do so the night before that conference began. Although India may have some political obstacles that would need to be cleared before this temple has a groundbreaking, I fully anticipate that the Lord could enable a groundbreaking to occur within the next three years, but possibly sooner, especially since President Nelson has also urged the members to hurry and prepare so it can be built.
189. Russia: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official location and site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2021.

Note: Although both a specific city and a site location for this temple have yet to be identified, President Nelson did have supervisory responsibility for Eastern Europe for the last several years he was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. With that in mind, he may have connections that would enable an acceleration of the process to get this temple built, which is why I am being conservative in my offered estimate above, but will not in any way be surprised if the Lord clears all obstacles to allow that to occur sooner than indicated here.

Temple Updates Provided

Hello again, everyone! I am pleased to be able to bring you word of several updates that have been reported on both new temples under construction and existing ones undergoing renovation. As some of you may have noticed, it has been a while since any major progress has been reported (aside from the announced calls of the presidents for all new temples anticipated to be dedicated sometime next year). So it is good to have these updates. I am in the initial process of evaluating if and how such updates might impact the general or more specific estimates I have previously provided.

That said, I wanted to note that, unless there is something of which I and the sources from which I pulled these updates are not aware, then there is most likely no need to alter such estimates too much. The Lord and those working on these projects are in control of those time-frames, and all of those events will unfold according to His timetable.

With my apologies in advance, the extensive nature of the updates provided on many of these temples necessitates my posting a fully-updated copy of my temple construction progress report. New updates and information continue to be noted in red text. As I said earlier, I will be taking time over the next few days or so to try and get a better feel for any alterations that might be needed to the general and more specific estimates I have provided in the report below.

One thing which I am still trying to evaluate is figuring out whether or not any temples other than the one in Bangkok Thailand will have a groundbreaking this year. Although there have been encouraging developments reported of late with both the Urdaneta Philippines and Saratoga Springs Utah Temples, it sounds like the Church may be looking to have a groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho Temple next year, which may perhaps occur before either of the other two, unless otherwise announced.

I do continue to monitor all such developments and will do my best to bring word of those to you all as I become aware of such information. The report follows below. So as not to disturb the flow of that information, I will end here and now as I always do. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time.

Particularly, if any of you have any specific comments or thoughts about what the recent updates (or lack thereof) on any of the temples under construction, undergoing renovation, or announced might mean in terms of altered time-frames for such events, please feel free to take your turn and "sound off" in the comments below. I'd appreciate your thoughts.

In the meantime, thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.


Temple Construction Progress (current as of 9/23/18)

Note about future temple construction: I have previously referenced the statement made by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, who serves as the Temple Department Executive Director, to the effect that 80 temples were on a list of locations that would be considered for an official announcement within the 15 years following that statement. And although we may not know whether or not those 80 locations have been announced by late April 2032, it seems reasonable to believe that the Church could (and likely will) have 200 operating temples by or before Saturday April 6, 2030 (which will mark the Church’s bicentennial anniversary). In order to do so, the Church would just need to complete the 30 temples in various phases, and announce and complete 11 others in the 11.54 years between now and then, which could be done if 3.55 temples are dedicated each year. Although this year will see only 2 temple dedications, there are 5 or 6 anticipated in 2019, and at least 3 that we know of so far the following year. So I am confident the Church will have at least 200 in operation by that time, whether or not an official goal is made to do so.
                        
Current temple status: The Church has 189 temples in various phases. There are 159 in operation, while 1 other has an open house underway; 2 more have a dedication scheduled; 8 others are in various phases of construction. In terms of temples undergoing renovations, 10 temples are currently closed for renovation (5 or 6 of which are anticipated to be rededicated next year), and 1 other, which closed for renovation in late 2017, is currently stalled in its’ renovation process. The remaining 19 are announced, with at least 2 that to have a groundbreaking by the end of 2018, while several others are likely to have a groundbreaking in 2019 and the years following that.

Public open house underway:
160. Concepcion Chile Temple: Public open house underway (will go through Saturday October 13, excluding the relevant Sundays); dedication scheduled to occur on Sunday October 28, 2018.

Dedication Scheduled:                                                                                         
161.  Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Exterior work completed; temple open house begins in roughly 2 months; dedication scheduled to occur on Sunday December 9, 2018.
162. Rome Italy Temple: Link to Church survey for those wanting to attend this temple’s dedication posted on Facebook on September 22, 2018; temporary information center closing tomorrow (will be replaced by a visitor’s center); dedication scheduled to occur from Sunday March 10-Sunday March 17, 2019.

Under construction, completion estimated during 2019:
163. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Installation of lamp-posts underway on temple grounds; completion estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
Note: Having recently been reminded that this temple (for the moment, at least) will not include an angel Moroni statue, it is my feeling that we could see a dedication held in mid-April, unless it is scheduled to occur prior to the already-scheduled dedication of the Rome Italy Temple.
164. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Installation of exterior lighting underway; completion estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
Note: Given the recent massive number of updates which we have seen provided for this temple, as long as it continues to steadily progress towards its’ completion, a rededication could be set for mid-to-late May, following Mother’s Day.
165. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Exterior cladding underway; new photograph shared on Facebook on September 12, 2018; completion estimated sometime during mid-2019.
Note: Although I have not found any updates for this temple in the recent past, if it has progressed at a steady rate, the dedication could be held for it in early-to-mid June. If I see information that leads me to conclude that will happen sooner, I will alter this estimate.
166. Lisbon Portugal Temple: New photographs shared on Facebook on September 12, 2018 show progress on exterior stonework for temple; installation of lampposts underway at adjacent meetinghouse; completion estimated sometime during mid-2019.
Note: Given the recent massive number of developments reported for this temple on the LDS Church Temples page, if construction continues at a steady rate, this temple could potentially be dedicated in mid-to-late August. I will alter this estimate as needed once more information is available.
167. Durban South Africa Temple: Installation of roof shingles nearing completion; completion estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: As previously mentioned, on July 19, 2019, the Church News identified the first president for this temple. Since we have not yet heard about the first presidents for the Fortaleza or Lisbon temples, there may be a possibility that this temple could be dedicated sooner than many (myself included) have anticipated. Until more is known in that regard, I am adjusting my previously-offered estimate to mid-October.

Temples estimated to be completed sometime during 2020:
168. Arequipa Peru Temple: Picture update posted to Facebook on September 22, 2018 shows Holiness to the Lord inscription stone in place; completion estimated sometime during early 2020.
Note: While this temple and the temples in Rio de Janeiro and Winnipeg may, in some ways, be interchangeable in terms of their future likely completion order, since this one seems to remain ahead for the moment, it could be dedicated sometime between January and March, but perhaps on the earlier side of that estimate, if progress continues at a steady rate.
169. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Exterior cladding continues; completion estimated sometime during early 2020.
Note: While I have not found a recent update on this temple, if progress has continued steadily, a dedication could potentially occur between February and April, but perhaps on the earlier side of that estimate.
170. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Work continues on foundation for meetinghouse being built adjacent to the temple; completion estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: Since there has been no change to the 20-month estimate in which this temple is anticipated to be completed, full-scale construction could conclude in February or March, in which case a dedication could follow between April and June. I will be keeping my eyes open for anything that would necessitate a change in that estimate.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2019):
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; updated photograph posted to Facebook on July 24, 2018; completion estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
Note: Given the update noted above, I stand by my estimate that this temple could either be rededicated in February (prior to the already-scheduled dedication of the Rome Italy Temple) or in mid-to-late April. As more is known, if I need to adjust my thinking on this estimate, I will do so.
95. Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple: Closed for renovation; angel Moroni statue reinstalled on September 10, 2018; rededication estimated sometime during mid-2019.
Note: If the article about this temple’s renovation process, which was posted on the LDS Church Temples Facebook site on the date noted above, is any indication, then renovation efforts will conclude in April or May, which means that a rededication could potentially occur in either June or early-to-mid August, following the annual July recess for the General Authorities.
80. Memphis Tennessee Temple: Closed for renovation; photograph posted on Facebook on July 24, 2018 shows progress on tower cladding; rededication estimated sometime during mid-2019.
Note: Although this temple has not progressed as consistently as the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, it has continued at a steady pace. With that in mind, this temple could be rededicated in mid-September.
94. Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple: Closed for renovation; process of cladding exterior in stone will soon be underway; rededication estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: Given the recent steady progress made on this temple, and the comparatively less progress we have seen reported for the Raleigh North Carolina Temple, I am making a bold new prediction that this temple will be rededicated before that one, and that this could occur in mid-to-late October.
68. Raleigh North Carolina Temple: Closed for renovation; window openings boarded up; scaffolding installed around tower; preparation for stone cladding underway; cladding nearing completion on east side; rededication estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: Given the lack of a report showing that this temple is making steady progress in its’ renovation, and the relatively more substantial progress that has been noted on the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple, as noted above, I moved this one down on July 24, 2018. That said, this temple could be rededicated in either mid-November or mid-December, assuming all goes well.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during late 2019-early 2020)
13. Oakland California Temple: Closed for renovation; new photograph posted on Facebook on September 22, 2018; rededication estimated sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
Note: As I have previously noted, this temple is older, and is having its’ first renovation. With that in mind, depending on how consistently we hear updates on its’ progress, a rededication could occur anytime during December 2019-March or April 2020.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2020):
18. Tokyo Japan Temple: Closed for renovation; scaffolding put up around the exterior tower area; rededication estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: If this temple continues to make consistent progress, then we could see a rededication occur sometime during April-June, though that may be pushed back to August if delays occur.
7. Mesa Arizona Temple: Closed for renovation; alterations to window openings shown in new picture posted to Facebook on September 22, 2018; interior work continues; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.
Note: On May 10, 2018, the Church released details of the renovation plans for this temple. Exactly three weeks later, the Church released additional details of plans to redevelop the area around the temple. Bearing in mind that this temple has been renovated before, and that it is a somewhat older and larger temple, its’ rededication could occur sometime between mid-August and late September.
16. Washington D. C. Temple: Closed for renovation; repairs underway on temple spires; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.
Note: Since this is an older and larger temple undergoing its’ first renovation, a rededication could take place sometime between early October and mid-December. Once more is known about this temple’s progress (or the lack thereof), I will provide any adjustments to this estimate that may be needed.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2021):
11. Hamilton New Zealand Temple: Closed for renovation; photograph shared on Facebook on August 27, 2018 shows massive attendance at the temple the day before its’ renovation closure began; rededication may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2021.
Note: On July 24, 2018, the LDS Church Temples Facebook page confirmed that this temple had closed for renovation. While the extent of the renovation plans currently remain unknown (or at least uncertain), the temple may be subject to a complete exterior and interior overhaul, which may involve an expansion. Unless something occurs that delays this process, this temple could potentially be dedicated in mid-to-late April 2021. As more is known, any adjustments that are needed in terms of this estimate will be made.

Renovation process stalled; full-scale work pending:
112. Asuncion Paraguay Temple: Closed for renovation; full-scale renovation pending.
Note: Until formal renovation efforts are underway for this temple, it will be difficult (if not impossible) to pinpoint both a general and more specific completion estimate. Consequently, on July 24, 2018, I removed any estimates from this temple. If I hear renovation efforts are underway in the near future, I will then again add a general completion estimate, and offer a more specific estimate as well. Either way, it does not appear likely at this point that this temple will be rededicated in 2019, as was originally announced.

Note on announced temples: Although I have previously indicated that I was no longer comfortable or confident enough to venture general or even more specific time-frames for the groundbreakings of these temples, recent developments have made it easier to surmise how soon such events might happen, so, on May 31, 2018, I again added those estimates. As part of that process, I have once again altered, where new information necessitated, the order in which these temples are listed. That said, the timing of such events has always been up to the Lord, who reveals His will in that regard to His prophets. Whether or not the groundbreakings occur within the windows indicated here, I will embrace those whenever they actually take place.

Announced temples:
171. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning and approvals; artist’s rendering released on March 19, 2018; groundbreaking may take place sometime during late 2018.
Note: With the site identified and the release of the artist’s rendering, a groundbreaking for this temple may just be a matter of time. And since this November marks the 52nd anniversary of Thailand’s being dedicated for the preaching of the gospel, November may just be the month in which this groundbreaking occurs.
172. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Site clearing activities underway; artist’s rendering anticipated to be released in the near future; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
Note: On July 6, 2018, the LDS Church Temples Facebook page reported the developments noted above, and with that in mind, an artist’s rendering may be released and a groundbreaking ceremony may be set at some point in the very near future. What is unclear for the moment is how soon that might occur. While I would anticipate that the Bangkok Thailand Temple, which is further along in the process for now, might have a groundbreaking first, I am certain a groundbreaking ceremony will be held for this temple by the end of this year. As more is known, I will be able to offer a more precise estimate.
173. Saratoga Springs Utah Temple: Planning and approval; designs underway; picture of presumed location shared on Facebook on August 27, 2018; groundbreaking may take place sometime during late 2018-early 2019.
Note: Although a site confirmation is pending for this temple, because designs are currently underway, and because this is a Utah County temple (since temples in Utah always progress more swiftly than other temples elsewhere within the US), on May 31, 2018, I moved this temple up on this list. Then, on July 6, 2018, as a result of the developments relating to the Urdaneta Philippines temple, I moved this one down and adjusted my general estimate for its’ groundbreaking. I am not ruling out the prospect that the Church could hold a groundbreaking for this temple before the end of 2018, so if I feel a need to move this temple again in the near future, I will do so.
174. Pocatello Idaho Temple: Planning and approval; site confirmed and artist’s rendering released on September 6, 2018; groundbreaking anticipated sometime during early 2019.
Note: On the date mentioned above, with the site confirmation and artist’s rendering, the official announcement also noted that construction on the temple (which will take around 2-3 years) was anticipated to begin at some point next year. I have therefore moved my estimate for that process to early 2019, and could see a groundbreaking scheduled sometime between late March and mid-to-late April.
175. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning and preliminary construction phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
Note: In March 2017, the contractor for this temple indicated that a year of pre-planning would be needed for this temple site before a groundbreaking could be held. While it is unclear when that year began (or if that year has already passed), it seems safe to assume that the groundbreaking for this temple could occur within the next year, if not sooner.
176. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2019.
Note: Although an official site confirmation is pending, President Nelson visited a probable location during his world tour in April 2018. If that site location is officially confirmed in the near future, then a groundbreaking could easily follow within the next 15 months or less.
177. Nairobi Kenya Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; media event held June 14, 2017; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2019.
Note: During President Nelson’s recent visit to Kenya, a national newspaper noted that the site for this temple had been selected, and that because this temple was anticipated to be a smaller one, its’ dedication might occur sometime during 2021. With that in mind, it is not hard to believe that an official site announcement and groundbreaking could occur within the next 15-18 months.
178. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Planning and approval; site inspected by Church engineers on June 21, 2017; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: Although a site inspection occurred one year ago for this temple, the prospective groundbreaking timeframes offered for the temples above necessitates a change in my previously-offered thoughts about the imminence of that groundbreaking. While I would hope that the Brazilian Saints would not have to wait another 1.5 years for this temple’s groundbreaking, until more is known, it seems wiser to be conservative in this estimate.
179. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official name announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
Note: Although this temple may also be further along in its’ progress towards a groundbreaking than other temples above it, in view of the factors noted on the others above this one, it has seemed wiser to be more conservative in my estimate for this temple’s future groundbreaking. Additionally, since getting the Urdaneta Philippines Temple underway may be more of a priority for the Church, this one may only have a groundbreaking within the next 16-19 months.
180. Layton Utah Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
Note: While I would anticipate that, for this temple in Utah, its’ construction will likely get underway sooner than other temples on this list, and while that could happen sooner than indicated above if the Church confirms that the land that was bought in Layton two days before the temple was announced in that city will serve as the site for that temple, it has seemed wiser to be more conservative in my estimate for this temple’s potential groundbreaking. I will be delighted to move it up on this list if I see a good enough reason to do so.
181. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early 2020.
Note: This is the last of the three temples announced in April 2015 that may have a groundbreaking. The Church in the Ivory Coast has seen sufficient enough growth that a second (and perhaps even a third) temple may be announced to serve the Saints in this nation, but that may not occur until this temple makes further progress. We have seen recent developments on other temples in Africa, which gives me hope that this temple could have a groundbreaking ceremony around the estimated time noted above, but time will tell how accurate that might prove to be.
182. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: While the first Ecuadoran temple had a 14-year wait between its’ announcement and groundbreaking, with the progress the Church has made in South America within the last two decades, this temple (to be built in the Ecuadoran capital city) will likely not see a wait nearly that long. I personally hope that this groundbreaking will occur sooner than indicated above, but until more information is available, I have felt a need to be more conservative.
183. Richmond Virginia Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: Although an official site confirmation is pending for this temple, a Virginia newspaper noted in mid-April 2018 that the Church had procured several acres of land in Richmond sometime during 2015. If the Church confirms in the near future that one of those plots will be the official temple site, then a groundbreaking could easily occur within the next two years, but possibly less, since temples in the US generally have construction begin well in advance of their international counterparts.
184. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning and approval; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
Note: Although this temple was announced one year before the Brasilia Brazil Temple, that temple is further along in the approval process and will likely therefore have its’ groundbreaking before that occurs for this temple. In preparing these updated thoughts, it occurred to me that the Church may opt to hold off on beginning construction of this temple until both the Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro Temples are dedicated. With that in mind, I have felt that the groundbreaking could occur at around this time, but I will alter this estimate as needed once more is known.
185. Managua Nicaragua Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2020.
Note: Since then-Elder Nelson had publicly proposed this temple in 2012, and President Nelson himself made the announcement, I would imagine the Lord will allow him to be very much involved in the process of this temple’s construction and eventual dedication. With that in mind, I could see a groundbreaking occur within the next 24-27 months, but hopefully sooner if all goes well.
186. Salta Argentina Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-2020.
Note: While the time-frames offered for the temples above this one has resulted in this temple’s estimate being delayed as well, it would not surprise me if a groundbreaking for this temple happens sooner than estimated here.
187. Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.
Note: While I would anticipate that this temple will likely not have a groundbreaking until significant progress has been made on both the Urdaneta and greater Manila area temples, it is not impossible to believe that a groundbreaking could occur for this newest Filipino temple within the next 2.5-2.75 years, but perhaps sooner if all goes well.
188. Bengaluru India Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2021.
Note: As previously noted, President Nelson had not originally intended to announce a temple for India during the April 2018 General Conference, but was inspired to do so the night before that conference began. Although India may have some political obstacles that would need to be cleared before this temple has a groundbreaking, I fully anticipate that the Lord could enable a groundbreaking to occur within the next three years, but possibly sooner, especially since President Nelson has also urged the members to hurry and prepare so it can be built.
189. Russia: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official location and site announcement; groundbreaking may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2021.
Note: Although both a specific city and a site location for this temple have yet to be identified, President Nelson did have supervisory responsibility for Eastern Europe for the last several years he was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. With that in mind, he may have connections that would enable an acceleration of the process to get this temple built, which is why I am being conservative in my offered estimate above, but will not in any way be surprised if the Lord clears all obstacles to allow that to occur sooner than indicated here.

Final note: If recent statements from Church leaders (regarding how President Nelson’s legacy as a temple-building Church president will outpace and overshadow the previous legacy set by President Hinckley) are any indication, we may soon enter an era where the volume of temple-related developments will be multiplied. As more is known in that regard, I will add any needed elements to this report.

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.
Changes since last report are highlighted in red.