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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jordan River Utah Temple Open House Begins In One Week

Hello again, everyone! I just wanted to post briefly to remind readers of this blog that the open house for the Jordan River Utah Temple begins exactly one week from today. When the First Presidency first announced the relevant dates for this temple's open house and dedication (the official announcement came 7 months and 1 week ago), the plan had been for open house tours to run every day for the six weeks between March 17 and April 28, except for the Saturdays of March 24 and 31 and the Sundays of March 18 and 25 and April 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Since that time, in view of the First Presidency's additional announcement about the consolidation of General Conference sessions, the Women's Session will not be held on Saturday March 24, which means that open house tours can and will run on that day. So open house tours will run for a grand total of 36 days.

A cultural celebration is set to be held on Saturday May 19, with the rededication set to occur the following day, which will be broadcast by satellite to stake centers within the Draper, Jordan River, and Oquirrh Mountain Temple districts.

I also wanted to note three other things: First, this temple's rededication will be the first major temple-related event held during President Nelson's prophetic administration, aside from the already-announced private rededication for the Houston Texas Temple (over which President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been asked to preside). For that reason, I would anticipate that President Nelson will preside at this event.

Second, since this temple is in Salt Lake County, I would anticipate this dedication will be widely attended by other general Church leaders. Third and finally, with the fact that the dedications announced for the temples in Conepcion Chile and Barranquilla Colombia will feature a special devotional for youth the night before, it could very well be true that such devotionals will now be held the night before temple dedications or rededications in lieu of a cultural celebration.

Nothing has been officially announced to that effect, but I am keeping my eyes open for any such annoucement and will be sure to pass word along if and when that occurs. 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 mypray next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will be with and bless you all in everything you do.