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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Updated Temple Developments

Hello again, everyone! I am posting today to pass along some significant temple-related developments that have come to my attention within the last 24-48 hours or so. and which are well worth mentioning on this blog. So let's get right into all of that.

First of all, I have offered my opinion previously that the Church could have 200 temples by the time it marks its' bicentennial anniversary (which will occur on Saturday April 6, 2030). With that milestone being just 12.24 years or so from now, and with 41 temples to  complete by that time (23 in various stages of that process, and 18 new temples that will also need to be announced, constructed, and dedicated by that time), the Church would need to complete around 3.35 temples per year between now and then. As I have previously observed, that not only seems likely, but very reasonably doable, whether or not an official goal is made to do so.

Moving on now to new temples under construction, it was recently reported that the Arequipa Peru Temple has had scaffolding installed around the top of the temple as efforts turn to the roof and the steeple of that edifice. Meanwhile, the installation of temporary windows to enclose that structure continues.

Turning now to the Rio de Janeiro Temple, by all  reports, it would appear that this temple may be larger than originally reported, which explains the shift in its' completion estimate. That temple has recently seen rebar installed in preparation for the pouring of the steeple base.

With the knowledge that the temple in Rio de Janeiro is only anticipated to be completed during early 2020, it will be interesting to see if that temple is dedicated before or after the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. Though I have kept my eyes open for information on this, I have not yet  been able to ascertain whether or not the modification of the plans for that temple will change the estimate of 20 months that was previously offered for that temple's construction process. And, of course, with another winter having set in in Winnipeg, full-scale efforts might only begin in April or May of this year.

In the meantime, the final update I wanted to note is that the Raleigh North Carolina Temple is now officially closed for its' renovation. The thing that struck me as interesting is that, while I originally offered my thoughts that that temple could be rededicated sometime during mid-to-late 2019, there may now be reason to believe that it will be completed a bit earlier, in mid-2019. I have not seen anything in that altered estimate that might point to a need to again change the estimated time-frame i have previously offered, but I am keeping my eyes open for information in that regard, and will adjust my thoughts accordingly.

As I keep saying, it is wonderful to see so many great updates on temple construction worldwide on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis, and I will do my very best to pass along any and all subsequent updates in that regard as I become aware of them. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time. 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.