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Saturday, August 25, 2018

LDS Church Growth Reddit Created; Several New Developments Reported on the LDS Church Growth Blog

Hello again, everyone! In a recent post on the LDS Church Growth Blog, Matthew Martinich announced the creation of an LDS Church Growth reddit to more fully discuss matters relating to Church growth. This will not replace the discussion threads on the blog; rather, it will give us all an opportunity to have more deep discussions on specific Church growth matters than the threads of that blog might otherwise allow.

I have started a subject covering President Nelson's temple-building plans. In the comments of that discussion, it was noted by someone (Matt himself, unless I am mistaken) that he had talked to a stake president who recently spoke to President Oaks. According to what President Oaks shared with that stake president (who relayed it to Matt), part of that plan will indeed involve an acceleration of the process of constructing temples, which will include some way in which the current backlog of 19 announced temples will begin construction fairly quickly.

The extent of those plans is unknown, but it is nice to have that at least confirmed. If that turns out to be the case, then I have no doubts whatsoever that new temples will be announced during General Conference in around a month. That said, I am still evaluating which of the four lists I referenced in this post should be the one I use for the upcoming General Conference.

In the meantime, I also wanted to share that Matt has published a number of to other new posts within the last week, all of which may be of interest to some of you here. You can find those newly-published posts here. I continue to monitor the discussions on the new reddit and new content on the LDS Church Growth Blog and will pass new developments and insights along to you which may be of interest to you all.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. 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.

Update Provided on Winnipeg Manitoba Temple/Additional Church News Reported

Hello again, everyone! A report of an update on the construction of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple reached me earlier today (August 24), so I wanted to pass that update along to you all, in addition to a few Church news updates. Let's get right into all of that.

First, as I mentioned previously, the Church is focusing on building the meetinghouse adjacent to that temple first, since it will need to be used prior to the temple's dedication. The report of which I became aware earlier today indicated that work on the foundation has made steady progress. I continue to monitor all temple developments and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as I receive it.

In the meantime, turning now to the news updates that have been provided, the Church News has created this page to share additional highlights from BYU-Provo's recent Campus Education Week. I have felt it would be best to let those articles speak for themselves rather than trying to summarize them here.

In other news, the Church's Primary organization (for children ages 3-11) has marked 140 years since its' inception, and this article shares some thoughts from members of the Primary General Presidency (Sisters Joy D. Jones, Lisa S. Harkness and Christina B. Franco) about what has changed and what has remained the same during the years since the organization was first established.

And the Church News also shared two articles dealing with self-reliance and the role the Church's Welfare Program has in facilitating that: this one (highlighting how that program facilitates temporal and spiritual change and this one highlighting a post on the LDS.org blog that was written by Sister Sharon Eubank, who, as you may recall, is both the First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency and the head of LDS Charities. You can find the blog post here.

Google Maps has created an interactive list showing many of the Church's temples on a world map. I say "many" because as I looked at the page for it, I found a few locations missing. But I assume that will be fixed given time. You can find more coverage on this development here. Also a  new book covering insights on controversial topics from Church history has been published. Additionally, in recognition of the fact that many people may find family history work to be boring, the Church News has shared summaries of 7 stories to pique the interest of the general public.

There was an additional Church News story which highlighted specific insights from Elder Neil L. Andersen about what he had learned each day earlier this month as he and his wife traveled with President and Sister Nelson to three Canadian cities. I had hoped to post a link to that story, but it appears to have been removed (at least temporarily) from the Church News website.

I continue to monitor ongoing news reported by the Church's official outlets and will be sure to pass word of those 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.

If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. 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.