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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Church News Report: Elder Dale G. Renlund Returns to Sweden

Hello again, everyone! As some of you may be aware, when Elders Rasband, Stevenson, and Renlund were called as apostles in 2015, there was quite a bit of backlash from the general public about the fact that all of them were born within the US. But many blogs and newspaper articles pointed out (quite correctly) that Elder Renlund's father was born in Finland, his mother was born in Sweden, and he grew up speaking Swedish in his home, although he spoke English everywhere else he went. From those who wrote about that, the general consensus was that Elder Renlund's bilingual experiences qualified him as an apostle with international appeal.

My purpose in mentioning all of this is to note this inspiring story from the Church News, which shares how Elder Renlund recently returned to very familiar territory. On assignment to Italy to speak at a conference on the subject of religion and health, he found he had an unassigned Sunday. So he checked with Elder Paul V. Johnson, Europe Area President, to see if he could be of use somewhere.

Quick sidenote here: The fact that Elder Renlund reached out to the area president to know where he might be needed is another in the series of examples we see of how general Church leaders cooperate with and defer to other general or local leaders in their travels. Elder Renlund could easily have opted to determine for himself where to go, but he recognized that Elder Johnson would be in a better position to know where he might be needed on that day, and he took the opportunity to ask. That was awesome to hear.

Since Elder Johnson knew of Elder Renlund's connection to Sweden (born of his familial ties in addition to his missionary service in Sweden), his suggestion was that Elder Renlund should visit the Saints in that nation. Not only did this enable Elder Renlund to speak to those members of the Church in their native language, but it also gave him the opportunity to reconnect with many members of his extended family, who still reside in that nation.

It was awesome to hear of this opportunity Elder Renlund had. His willingness to seek out and defer to the suggestion of the area president was inspiring, and enabled him to have a very personal experience in a place to which he had such a strong familial connection.

I continue to monitor all Church news and will pass those developments 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.

Additional New Temple Presidents Announced

Hello again, everyone! The Church News continues to report the calls of new temple presidents. With those announced today, there have been 50 new temple presidents called this year so far. As I mentioned previously, the Church generally notes new presidents for roughly 1/3 of all operating temples. Since there are 159 operating temples (which will go up to 161 by the end of this year), it will be interesting to see how many other temples get a new president.

I would imagine we will shortly hear of the first presidents for at least the Concepcion Chile and Barranquilla Colombia Temples, which are set to be dedicated before the end of this year. And it wouldn't surprise me to learn of the first presidents for other temples anticipated to be dedicated in the early months of next year.

As has happened a few times this year, with this latest group of new temple presidents, there was one temple (Suva Fiji) which was not originally on my list of those that might get a new president, but one has been called for that temple.

The updated list follows below. I continue to monitor all developments of this sort and will bring word of those to you all 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.


New presidents have been called for the following temples:
1.      Manaus Brazil
2.      Boise Idaho
3.      Denver Colorado
4.      The Hague Netherlands
5.      Oquirrh Mountain Utah
6.      Helsinki Finland
7.      The Gila Valley Arizona
8.      Brigham City Utah
9.      Stockholm Sweden
10.  Palmyra New York
11.  Accra Ghana
12.  Papeete Tahiti
13.  Sao Paulo Brazil
14.  San Jose Costa Rica
15.  Albuquerque New Mexico
16.  Provo City Center
17.  Recife Brazil
18.  Cardston Alberta
19.  Payson Utah
20.  Porto Alegre Brazil
21.  Brisbane Australia
22.  Kansas City Missouri
23.  Oaxaca Mexico
24.  Regina Saskatchewan
25.  Cebu City Philippines
26.  Boston Massachusetts
27.  Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico
28.  Billings Montana
29.  Houston Texas
30.  Sydney Australia
31.  Guatemala City Guatemala
32.  Hermosillo Sonora Mexico
33.  Montevideo Uruguay
34.  Indianapolis Indiana
35.  Laie Hawaii Temple (the new president of this temple is the older brother of General Authority Seventy Elder Donald L. Hallstrom)
36.  Las Vegas Nevada
37.  Atlanta Georgia
38.  Buenos Aires Argentina
39.  Redlands California
40.  Draper Utah
41.  Tijuana Mexico
42.  Sacramento California
43.  Monticello Utah
44.  Bountiful Utah
45.  Freiberg Germany
46.  Oakland California
47.  Villahermosa Mexico
48.  Manti Utah
49.  Suva Fiji
50.  Vancouver British Columbia

The first presidents will likely be announced for the following new temples:
1.      Concepcion Chile
2.      Barranquilla Colombia
3.      Rome Italy
4.      Kinshasa DR Congo
5.      Fortaleza Brazil
6.      Port-au-Prince Haiti

New presidents may also be announced for the following temples:
1.      Cordoba Argentina
2.      Fukuoka Japan
3.      St. Louis Missouri
4.      Taipei Taiwan
5.      Tegucigalpa Honduras
6.      Trujillo Peru
7.      Veracruz Mexico
8.      Washington D. C. Temple (Note: The Church may opt to wait on calling a new president for this temple until 2020 when it is rededicated)