Need more information?

Top Leaderboard

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Updates Made Yet Again to Completion Estimates for Temples Under Construction

Hello again, everyone! As I did yet another check on my favorite Church websites, I learned about additional changes that have been noted for the completion estimates for several temples. So I wanted to post right now to discuss what has changed and what that means for the sequence of events in the near future. Let's dive in to all of that.

First, a quick preliminary note: While I have continued to voice my opinion that the Rome Italy Temple will likely be dedicated prior to the end of this year, and while that still could happen, in view of its recent lack of progress, I now concur fully with the opinion of those who have indicated that, while the construction team may have the temple completed by the end of this year, it appears more than likely that its' dedication may only take place in the early months of 2019.

Additionally, it is also worth noting that the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, as I may or may not have noted here previously, is now anticipated to be the third temple dedicated this year, which moved the Durban South Africa Temple down. At some point earlier today, there was apparently reason to shift Durban down again, which resulted in the Lisbon Portugal Temple's dedication anticipated sometime between those for Port-au-Prince and Durban.

In another post yesterday, I noted the fact that the renovation for the Raleigh North Carolina Temple has formally begun, and that the Asuncion Paraguay Temple, which is further behind in the process, although it closed first, is anticipated to have its renovation wrapped up after that of the Raleigh Temple.

With all of that said, I want to conclude by noting that I am working on revising the more specific estimates based on these changes. Once I have that ready, I will put it up here. 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.

Miscellaneous Church News

Hello again, everyone! In the last little while, the Church News website has published a few new articles which I wanted to pass along. First of all, even though they had published a new General Authorities chart following last October's general conference, with the deaths of Elder Hales and President Monson and the subsequent reorganization of the First Presidency, it makes sense that the Church News has published an updated version of that chart, including empty spaces for the existing vacancies. You can find a PDF version of that chart here.

The Church News also ran a couple of articles focusing on addresses given at the Church's annual seminar for MTC presidents and visitor's center directors. This one summarized an address from Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer, who is one of a few Assistant Executive Directors of the Church's Missionary Department, and also the chair of the Missionary Medical Health Services Division. Additionally, the Church News published this article of the remarks then-Elder now-President Oaks gave during that same seminar, which was done just a few days before he was called to the First Presidency.

Additionally, aside from addresses in that seminar, the Church News ran  article about the return of missionaries to Madagascar, where a plague outbreak in that nation led to those missionaries being evacuated and temporarily reassigned in October last year.  It was great to hear about that.

It is awesome to see how the Church is progressing in small and simple ways that, when seen in retrospect, are more significant than we realized at the time. It has always interested me to see the work of the Lord unfold, and I am grateful these things mean so much to so many of you as well.

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.