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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Update Reported on the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Hello again, everyone! In literally the first few minutes after I last posted, I discovered an update on the status of the renovation process that has been underway on the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple since the end of January.

It is wonderful to be able to pass this update along, as we have not seen much of a change in that temple's status for quite a while now. The new information shows that the temple has been stripped to the framing studs, and that mildew and foundation issues are currently being remedied.

As some of you might recall, the Raleigh North Carolina Temple closed on Sunday January 7, and the closure of the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple occurred 3 weeks later. The renovation process in Raleigh has been quite impressive, but by comparison, this may only be the second or third update on the Baton Rouge renovation process.

That said, with this update noted, it is my hope that anything that may have been preventing the renovation process of the temple from making progress might have been resolved since its' status was last updated.

As I noted in my last post, I continue to monitor all developments in that regard and will do my level best to pass those along to you as I receive word 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.

Neighborhood Meeting to Be Held Later This Month Prior to the Mesa Arizona Temple Renovation

Hello again, everyone! This is just a quick post to note that, because of concerns that have been raised by local preservation societies regarding the approved plans for the Mesa Arizona Temple renovation process, a meeting will be held for the community to share their concerns at some point within the next week or two before the May 20th closure date. You can find more details here.

On a note unrelated to this subject, but regarding temples in general, another report just came in that Elder and Sister Renlund have toured the Rome Italy Temple site during their time in Europe. It is great to hear of all that is occurring in terms of the ministry of our apostles.

I continue to monitor all Church and temple developments and will pass those along to you as I receive 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.

Apostolic Ministry Updates

Hello again, everyone! This is the second of the two posts I mentioned previously, and will cover some updates on the ministry of our apostles. Those updates have been reported on Mormon Newsroom. So let's get right into those.

As some of you may be aware, although Elder Dale G. Renlund was born in the United States, his parents emigrated here. His mother is Swedish and his father comes from Finland. He grew up speaking Swedish, and he later served his full-time mission in Sweden. The reason I mention all of this is that Elder Renlund return to his mother's homeland on April 28 & 29, accompanied by his wife, Ruth. They had a meeting with Church leaders, missionaries, and members that was simulcast over the web to other congregations in the area. You can find more details on that visit here.

In the meantime, Elder D. Todd Christofferson spoke yesterday in London to the All-Party Parliamentary Group at one of their meetings. Mormon Newsroom shares this story highlighting the remarks he made during that time.

As always, I continue to monitor all Church and temple developments and will pass those along to you all as I receive word 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.

Construction Updates Provided for Two Temples Currently Undergoing Renovation

Hello again, everyone! This will be one of two posts I will be publishing within the next half hour or so. I wanted to note in this post that, while no updates of which I am aware have been reported on new temples under construction, there have been developments and updates reported on the status of two of the temples currently undergoing renovation.

We start first with the Raleigh North Carolina Temple. The last time I posted an update on that temple appears to have been exactly one month ago today, at which time I noted that plywood panels were being attached to the temple's exterior. The latest information I have is that sheathing has been completed on the temple's exterior walls, and that new architectural elements are currently being framed.

The other temple for which I have an update is the one in Tokyo Japan. It was just over one month ago (on March 28) that I passed along news that the renovation process had formally begun. The commencement of that process had seen the annex building razed and surface parking removed. While that part of the status of this temple is still noted by many sources available to me, it has additionally been noted that interior renovations are now underway.

It was great to learn of these updates, and I am grateful to have been able to pass them along to you all here. I continue to monitor all such developments and will pass them along as I become aware of them in the future.

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.