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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Updated Estimates for Future Temple Events

Hello again, everyone! I wanted to post right now to share updated estimates which I have put together for future temple events. As we have seen so far in the first four months of 2018, lots of things have happened in terms of temple news and developments. I have the utmost confidence that such progress will continue to be reported on a regular basis. The updated estimates below reflects the best information I could put together from a wide variety of sources.

A disclaimer before I post those updates: I do not in any way claim to have access to official information from the Church about how likely these estimates might be. The timing of any temple event is up to the Lord (and, in some cases, the diligence of those working on such projects for the Church), and as such, any or all of these estimates are subject to change once any new information comes in.

That said, what I have been able to do is to look at different factors (such as the climate of areas in which such temples are built, a comparison of the current status of these temples with the timing of dedications or rededications of other temples that at one point had a similar or identical status, and anything else from which I could make any type of conclusion) and make the best determination about how those factors might expedite or delay such events.

It is not by any means a perfect process, and anyone else who has observed temple progress could likely do just as well as (if not better than) I myself have done. And I'm sure it goes without saying that these estimates are always subject to change based on how quickly or slowly progress is made on each of these temples.

With that in mind, for what it may be worth, the updated estimates I have put together follow below. So as not to disturb the flow of those estimates, I will close now as I always do. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilegeFuture estimates for known temple-related events

First half of 2018:
April: Full-scale construction anticipated to begin for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple
Note: A Church member in Winnipeg has confirmed that construction of this temple is anticipated to begin this month.
Sunday April 22: Houston Texas Temple Rededication (private; date has been confirmed; President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will preside at this event)
Sunday May 20: Jordan River Utah Temple Rededication/Mesa Arizona Temple Renovation Closure (both have been confirmed)
Note: Since the rededication Jordan River Utah Temple is the first public temple event of President Nelson’s administration, it seems to be a given conclusion that he will preside at this event, if only the first one or two sessions. Since this temple is in the Salt Lake Valley, it seems entirely likely that several Church leaders will be in attendance at this event as well.

Second half of 2018:
Monday July 23: Hamilton New Zealand Temple Closes for Renovation
Sunday October 28: Concepcion Chile Temple Dedication (160th operating temple; confirmed)
Sunday December 9: Barranquilla Colombia Temple Dedication (161st operating temple; confirmed)

Final note on 2018: I have heard that 2018 could potentially be a big year for groundbreakings of temples currently announced. We have had an artist’s rendering and site announced for the Bangkok Thailand Temple, so that temple could have a groundbreaking in the near future. We also know that the contractor for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple indicated a year of pre-planning would be needed on the site before a groundbreaking could occur, so I am watching that one as well. With sites having recently been confirmed for the Urdaneta and Greater Manila Philippines and Brasilia Brazil Temples, I am watching those locations as well. And if the probable location for the Pocatello Idaho Temple is confirmed in the near future, a groundbreaking for it may just be a matter of time. I received additional reports that the Saratoga Springs Temple is currently being designed, and have heard that members in Harare Zimbabwe and Nairobi Kenya have been informed of the site locations for temples in their cities. If those locations are confirmed by the Church in the near future, groundbreakings could occur for both temples sooner rather than later. It will be interesting to see what happens in that regard.

First half of 2019:
Sunday March 10-Sunday March 17: Rome Italy Temple Dedication (162nd operating temple; confirmed)
Mid-April: Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple Rededication
Mid-to-late April: Frankfurt Germany Temple Rededication
Early-to-mid May: Fortaleza Brazil Temple Dedication (163rd operating temple)
Mid-to-late May: Memphis Tennessee Temple Rededication
Early-to-mid June: Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple Dedication (164th operating temple)

Second half of 2019:
Early-to-mid August: Raleigh North Carolina Temple Rededication
Mid-to-late August: Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Dedication
Early-to-mid September: Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Rededication
Mid-to-late September: Lisbon Portugal Temple Dedication (166th operating temple)
Mid-October: Durban South Africa Temple Dedication (167th operating temple)
Mid-November: Oakland California Temple Rededication
Note: Since this is an older temple, if anything delays its’ completion, that might cause it to be pushed back into 2020.
Mid-December: Asuncion Paraguay Temple Rededication
Note: Although this temple closed for its’ renovation around the same time as the temple in Memphis Tennessee did, the renovation process has yet to begin. With that in mind, while I hope to be able to move this estimate up, I will not in any way be surprised if this temple is only rededicated towards the end of next year.

Final note on 2019: As with 2018, I have heard that 2019 could potentially be another big year for temple groundbreakings. If that proves to be the case, there will be other temple-related events to add to this list for subsequent years.
First half of 2020:
Mid-March: Arequipa Peru Temple Dedication (168th operating temple)
Mid-to-late April: Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Dedication (169th operating temple)
Mid-May: Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Dedication (170th operating temple)
Early-to-mid June: Tokyo Japan Temple Rededication
Mid-September: Mesa Arizona Temple Rededication
Mid-December: Washington DC Temple Rededication

Mid-to-late April: Hamilton New Zealand Temple Rededication

Final note: If, as noted above, several temples have a groundbreaking during the next two years, that in turn would necessitate adding their completion estimates to the list above. I continue to monitor all temple-related developments and will pass news of them along as I receive word of them.
 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.

Updated Chart Showing General Authorities and Officers of the Church Has Been Released

Hello again, everyone! This will just be a very brief post to note that the Church, in accordance with their usual practices, has released an updated version of the chart showing the General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.

Unless I have miscounted, this chart also shows 90 General Authority Seventies, which, when added to the 25 men that comprise the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Presidency of the Seventy, and Presiding Bishopric, brings the total number of General Authorities to 115 rather than the 116 that President Oaks referenced.

At this point, it's not impossible to believe he could have made an error, perhaps by failing to account for Elder Keetch's passing. We also know that in the press conference in which our new First Presidency took media questions, they directly addressed the issue that leaders make mistakes, and that no Church leader, themselves included, is infallible.

I personally know of only one perfect Man who ever lived upon this earth. For the rest of us, we are all prone to error. And when mistakes are made at any level (for example, President Oaks mentioning mid-way through the Saturday Afternoon Session that he had inadvertently omitted some of the names he was supposed to read), I would hope that, rather than criticizing the leaders who make them, all of us would recognize that their need to have a cloak of charity over their errors is just the same as the need all of us have to have those we know throw a cloak of charity over our errors.

Anyone who therefore finds fault with our leaders when such errors occur are clearly missing the fact that, while they have been prepared by the Lord for their current positions, that does not mean that they are any less human or less likely to make mistakes. Until any or all of us are made perfect in Christ, I would hope that we would all keep that in mind when issues such as this come up.

Enough said. You can find a PDF version of the the chart (as published on the Church's website) 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.

Completion Estimate Slightly Altered for the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple; More Specific Alterations for All Estimates Pending

Hello again, everyone! This is just a quick post to note some updates and changes that have come to my attention regarding temples now under construction. First, I wanted to note that there has not been any progress reported on either new temples or those being renovated. With that in mind, I did want to note that many of the sources I have available for temple-related information have altered the completion time-frame for the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple.

As many of you may recall, for a while now, that estimate has shown that this temple was anticipated to be completed in early 2019. Given the lack of consistent progress on this temple and the somewhat more consistent progress that has been reported for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple, I would not in any way be surprised if the Fortaleza Temple was dedicated before the one in Kinshasa. I am evaluating these developments and the information I have available to me, and I will post any alterations I feel may be appropriate for the estimates on both temples ASAP.

In the meantime, while we are 11 days in to April, I have not yet heard anything to indicate that construction has formally begun on the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. I know that there are still 19 days left in this month, and I hope that within that time, we do hear that full-scale construction is underway, but I wanted to note that for any interested.

I have said this many times before, and it bears repeating: It is amazing to see the way that temples progress so swiftly in some locations while there is more of a wait in others. As I also recently observed, while some have expressed hope that President Nelson could, during his time in Thailand, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, break ground for the temples in those nations, since nothing has been officially announced in that regard, that is likely not part of the plan for this trip.

With that said, I cannot rule out the prospect that each of those temples could have a groundbreaking at some point later this year. Nor would I be surprised if several others were to have a groundbreaking this year as well. As I have also noted many times in the recent past, I heard from many sources that 2018 and 2019 could both be big years in terms of temple groundbreakings taking place. I continue to monitor developments in that regard and will pass those along to you all as I hear 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.

1,200th Blog Post: BREAKING NEWS: May 2018 Ensign Supplement Published for President Nelson

Hello again, everyone! In this, my 1,200th blog post, I am pleased to bring you some breaking news from the Church. As some of you may know, it has been customary for Ensign articles or supplements to be written for new Church leaders by other apostles. When President Monson became Church president in February 2008, the reorganization of the First Presidency was the subject of an article written by Adam C. Olsen, which was featured in the April 2008 Ensign. When the May 2008 Ensign came out, a supplement to it included a tribute & introduction to President Monson, which was written by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

As you are also probably aware, President Nelson requested that his remarks given from the temple on January 16 of this year would be reproduced in full in the April 2018 Ensign. This appeared to replace the traditional introduction to the new First Presidency. With General Conference having passed, I have periodically checked in the last few days for anything new from the Church, and just now, it paid off.

I am pleased to note that I have found a supplement to the Ensign that will be distributed with the May 2018 Church magazines, which has been written in tribute to new Church President Russell M. Nelson. In an unusual but not entirely unexpected move, that supplement article has been written by President Nelson's apostolic seatmate and now First Counselor, President Dallin H. Oaks.

I was pleased to see that, because someone who has sat side-by-side with President Nelson in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 34 years would obviously  be the one most qualified to put such a tribute together. You can find a copy of that supplement here. Hopefully this information is helpful to most of you.

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.