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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Church Provides Statement on Medical Marijuana Use

Hello again, everyone! Earlier today, the First Presidency released this statement about a ballot initiative under consideration in Utah, which would legalize the regulation of medical marijuana use. It has been my experience that such statements are not officially released until extensive study and consultation with those involved in such issues (in this case, medical professionals) allows the Brethren to make a formal statement on the Church's position.

It is amazing to see how the word of the Lord has been expressed in this and all other issues of importance, and I am grateful for the First Presidency's statement that demonstrates their concern on this issue. 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.

Update Provided on the Rome Italy Temple; President Nelson and Elder Holland Embark on World Tour

Hello again, everyone! I am pleased to bring you in this post a combined update on the Rome Italy Temple and a report on the world tour upon which President & Sister Nelson and Elder and Sister Holland embarked earlier today.

For the Rome Italy Temple, new information has come in that a visitor's information center has been opened to field questions from anyone visiting the temple grounds between now and the time the open house begins. In addition, progress continues to be made on landscaping and interior work. These are important milestones towards this temple's completion, and it was wonderful to hear of that update.

In the meantime, as most of you might already be aware, the Nelsons and Hollands departed earlier today for their worldwide ministry tour. Mormon Newsroom has shared this report of their departure, and other updates will, of course, be provided during the course of the tour. The interesting thing that stuck out to me about that departure is the fact that Presidents Oaks and Eyring unexpectedly showed up at the airport to wish them well as they set off for the trip.

It is interesting to see how, even on a daily basis, monumental developments happen to further the work of the Church. There will be many more wonderful things reported during the tour, I am sure, and I will try to stay on top of it all.

In the meantime, unless something unexpected happens, since nothing has been officially announced, we may, in my opinion, safely assume that groundbreakings will not be taking place for the Bangkok Thailand, Nairobi Kenya, or Harare Zimbabwe Temples during the tour, although I would not be surprised in any way to find out that groundbreakings will take place for all three later this year.

And it is also a near certainty that President Nelson may use some of his time in Bengaluru, India looking at potential temple sites. As I have previously noted, there is a lot that has gone on just so far this year in both general Church developments and, more particularly, in temple-related developments. I continue to do my level best to stay on top of it all, and will pass along any further developments as I learn 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.