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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Elder Renlund Dedicates Barbados for the Preaching of the Gospel During a Caribbean Area Review

Hello again, everyone! Elder Dale G. Renlund has a supervisory role over the Caribbean Area of the Church. The Church News has shared in this report that, as part of conducting the annual review for that area, Elder Renlund dedicated Barbados for the preaching of the gospel.

The island nation had been informally included in a dedicatory prayer in 1988, but the First Presidency felt that a dedicatory prayer specifically for that nation would be appropriate, and so they sent Elder Renlund to take care of that.

Aside from the above link to this article, I will not be attempting to provide any type of in-depth or extensive analysis on this exciting development. But it is almost certain that Matthew Martinich, a well-respect Church growth expert who has a blog devoted to that subject, will (if he has not done so already) post such an analysis in the coming days.

The article detailing this area review may or may not have mentioned this, but I am sure Elder Renlund's visit included a chance to visit the site of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple as well. Regarding that temple, I had reported the formal beginning of construction efforts there roughly one month after its' groundbreaking.

As I have also previously noted, construction of that temple was only anticipated to take around 12-18 months, and it is currently anticipated that that temple will be the third new one to be dedicated next year.

So we can see that the Church is progressing well in the Caribbean Area. I look forward to learning more, along with all of you, regarding how the dedication of Barbados affects the spreading of the gospel in that nation. And you can rest assured that whatever Church and temple news might come to my attention will be passed on to you all as soon as I can make that happen.

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.

Additional Temple Updates Provided

Hello again, everyone! I am pleased to be able to bring you some additional temple updates that have crossed my radar today. We start first with the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple, where roof shingling continues, the driveway and parking areas have been outlined, and where stone and tile work are underway inside the temple. Based on this update (and on the fact that this temple has progressed fairly consistently of late), it is easy to see why this temple's completion is anticipated in early 2019.

In the meantime, the one other update I wanted to pass along is regarding the status of the Rio de Janeiro Temple, where the walls of the steeple are being poured. I mentioned in an earlier post on this blog that I had found out that this temple was larger in size than was originally anticipated, which is why this temple has been shifted down to the bottom of the list and is only anticipated to be dedicated in early 2020.

And finally, now that March has officially begun, it is worth noting that, if all goes well, full-scale construction efforts for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple may begin within the next 1-3 months or so. It will be exciting to see how that occurs, and I am (as I always do) keeping an eye out for more information & updates on temples and will pass along such news as I become aware of it.

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.