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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Update Provided for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple; Open House for Jordan River Utah Temple Concludes This Saturday

Hello again, everyone! This post will cover two temple developments of which I became aware a short while ago. We start first with the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. As many of you might recall my mentioning here on this blog at least a few times previously, the groundbreaking for that temple was held on October 28 of last year, with full-scale construction efforts getting underway around two weeks following that.

As you may also be aware, because the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple has been planned as a smaller edifice in comparison with others under construction, the process of building that temple was only anticipated to last between 15-18 months. If we add 18 months to mid-November 2017, that takes us to mid-May 2019, so it makes sense that this temple's general completion estimate falls in mid-2019.

The last update I shared for this temple was passed along the Friday before General Conference weekend. At that time, I noted that structural framing had gone up for the temple and its' steeple. Then today, after almost a month has passed without my hearing anything on it, I learned that the interior walls of the temple are now being framed. It was good to learn of that update.

Next, for any of my readers who are wanting to tour the Jordan River Utah Temple, the open house will run for one more week and will conclude at the end of the day this Saturday. At that point, the Temple Department will finalize any preparation for this temple's rededication, which will be held four weeks (exactly 28 days) from today.

As I also previously mentioned, since the Jordan River Utah Temple rededication is the first major event of President Nelson's administration, I have no doubts that he will preside at at least one of the three dedicatory sessions. I am also equally as certain that several other Church leaders will be participating or at least in attendance at the three dedicatory session.

The rededication of this temple will be significant for another reason: it appears to mark the last time the Church will have a cultural celebration the night before a temple's dedication or rededication. In covering the announcements of the scheduled dedications for the Concepcion Chile, Barranquilla Colombia, and Rome Italy Temple, I had noted that, instead of a cultural celebration, a devotional has been scheduled for youth in these temple districts the night before. The Church has not made it clear why this is being done, but there are surely very good reasons behind this change.

And although it is also true that, following the rededication of the Jordan River Temple, there will not be any other dedications until October 28 (when the Concepcion Chile Temple will be dedicated), I am cautiously optimistic that we will find that, by that date, not only will construction have formally begun for the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, but we may also have seen at least two, and possibly even three or more, temples have a groundbreaking by that time.

Whatever might occur in that regard, you can depend on my monitoring these developments and passing word along to you as I hear 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.

Houston Texas Temple Rededicated in a Simple Ceremony; Minor Update Noted on the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple

Hello again, everyone! Mormon Newsroom published this release regarding the rededication of the Houston Texas Temple that was held earlier today. In addition to President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the service was attended by Elders Larry Y. Wilson (who serves as Executive Director of the Temple Department, unless the recent assignments that were given have changed), Elder S. Gifford Nielsen (who, while he has no direct role in the Temple Department, was there as a resident of Houston prior to his call as a General Authority), and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, who particularly commeted on the remarkable way in which the temple repairs were finished ahead of schedule and under budget, which, for a project of this sort, is nothing short of remarkable.

This temple will, of course, reopen to patrons on Tuesday. The one other temple development which I wanted to note in this post is that the status of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple was updated recently to show that, rather than having full-scale construction begin within the last 7 or 8 days of this month, it is likely that that process will commence at some point in the second quarter of 2018. It appears that the report from someone in Canada in this regard may have been in error. I had hoped it was not, but clearly, there is more to what's delaying this process than originally thought.

That said, I fully believe that we will be seeing this temple start the construction process sooner rather than later. One of many unknown factors that I am still waiting to hear about is whether the plan modification for this temple was sufficient to change the estimate of the length of its' construction process. As I previously noted, round about the time the Church annouonced this temple's groundbreaking, I had heard an estimate of 20 months (1 year and 8 months) mentioned for that process. If that information still applies, and if the Church gets construction underway within the next month or two, then the temple could complete the construction process either around the end of next year or the beginning of 2020, which would allow its' dedication sometime during early-to-mid 2020.

I continue to do my level best to stay on top of all such developments, and will be sure to pass such news along to you all as I receive 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.