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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Updated General Estimates for Anticipated Temple Events

Hello again, everyone! In a recent comment on this blog, a question was asked about the potential timing for future temple events. Based on the information I have regarding what is currently known about these developments, here are those general estimates. Note that, while I am offering my estimates for the groundbreakings for the Bangkok Thailand and Urdaneta Philippines Temples, until more is known about which other temples are close to a groundbreaking, I will not be offering any estimates for other announced temples beyond what I shared here, which will be subject to change once more is known. Here are those estimates:

2018:
July 23: Hamilton New Zealand Temple will close for renovation (confirmed)
Mid-to-late 2018: Groundbreakings for Bangkok Thailand and Urdaneta Philippines Temples (Note: the two may be interchangeable in terms of which might be held first.)
Anytime in the near future: Full-scale renovation anticipated to begin for the Asuncion Paraguay Temple.
October 28: Concepcion Chile Temple Dedication (160th operating temple; already confirmed)
December 9: Barranquilla Colombia Temple Dedication (161st operating temple; already confirmed)
Final note on 2018: As has been pointed out recently on this blog, given President Nelson's reportedly ambitious temple-building plans, it is possible (and even very likely) that other announced temples might have a groundbreaking by the end of this year, but for the moment, only the two are anticipated.

2019:
March 10-17: Rome Italy Temple Dedication (162nd operating temple; already confirmed)
Early-to-mid 2019: Kinshasa DR Congo and Fortaleza Brazil Temple Dedications (163rd and 164th operating temples; may be interchangeable in terms of their dedication order); Frankfurt Germany Temple Rededication.
Mid-2019: Port-au-Prince Haiti and Lisbon Portugal Temple Dedications (165th and 166th operating temples; may be interchangeable in terms of their dedication order); Oklahoma City Oklahoma and Memphis Tennessee Temple Rededications (may be interchangeable in terms of their rededication order, although Oklahoma City is slightly further along for the moment).
Mid-to-late 2019: Durban South Africa Temple Dedication (167th operating temple); Raleigh North Carolina and Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Rededications (all three temples listed here may be interchangeable in terms of their future dedication or rededications)
Late 2019-early 2020: Oakland California Temple Rededication (Note: Although the First Presidency indicated this temple would be rededicated sometime in 2019, since this is the first renovation for this temple, and since it is older, until there is concrete verification that this will be the case, I have felt inclined to be more conservative in this estimate.)
Final note on 2019: As noted above for 2018, I also heard that 2019 could potentially be a big year for temple groundbreakings. Depending on how & when President Nelson's ambitious temple-building plans are revealed, and to what extent they will be implemented, we may be in for a windfall of new temple announcements and groundbreakings.

2020:
Early 2020: Arequipa Peru and Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple Dedications (168th and 169th operating temples; may be interchangeable in terms of their future dedication, although Arequipa is further along)
Early-to-mid 2020: Winnipeg Manitoba Temple Dedication (170th operating temple; may potentially occur on the earlier side of that estimate if progress remains steady); Tokyo Japan Temple Rededication (Note that the two may be interchangeable in terms of their future likelihood)
Mid-2020: Asuncion Paraguay Temple Rededication (Note: Although the First Presidency indicated that this temple would be rededicated sometime during 2019, the timing of this event will depend on how soon renovation efforts can formally begin. Until that time, it has seemed wiser to be more conservative in this estimate.)
Mid-to-late 2020: Mesa Arizona and Washington DC Temple Rededications (Note: Since the Mesa temple has been renovated once before, and since the Washington DC Temple is a larger one, I would anticipate that Mesa will be rededicated first, perhaps several months in advance of the rededication for the temple in DC)
Note: Any temples that have a groundbreaking during the remainder of 2018 and in 2019 may potentially be dedicated during this year, depending on the design and construction process. It is also more likely than not that President Nelson will have announced several other temples by this time, which means we may be seeing many more temple events during this year.

2021:
Early-to-mid 2021: Hamilton New Zealand Temple Rededication (Note: When this temple's renovation was announced, the First Presidency noted that a rededication would occur during 2021. It has been widely noted that this renovation process may involve an expansion of the current temple's size. If that occurs, this event could potentially be pushed back further if needed).

I continue to monitor any and all temple developments and will bring word of those to you as I receive them, including any changes that may be needed for these estimates. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to, please feel free to subscribe to stay informed of newly-posted content. 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.