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Thursday, October 25, 2018

President Nelson & Companions Counsel Missionaries and Members in Uruguay/Temple Musings in Conjunction with the Imminent Conclusion of This Leg of that Tour

Hello again, everyone! After a 3-day hiatus to catch their breath (which was needed after being in three different time zones within the last week), Church President Russell M. Nelson and his traveling companions (his wife, Wendy W. Nelson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Lesa) had the opportunity of meeting with missionaries and members in Uruguay, which is the second-to-last location they will be visiting prior to the end of the tour. The Newsroom on the Church's official website reported on their visit to Uruguay.

With them having concluded that part of their tour, they now have a one-day hiatus during which to travel to Concepcion Chile, the final stop on that tour, where the Church leaders will tour the temple for a final inspection prior to the youth devotional on Saturday and the dedication of the temple on Sunday. As I mentioned earlier, it seems that President Nelson is discontinuing the previous tradition of cultural celebrations in favor of allowing Church leaders in attendance at future temple events to address and encourage the youth on the night before future temple dedications or rededications are held.

That said, it appears that, when appropriate, cultural events will still take place in such regions, but not in conjunction with a temple dedication. And if Church leaders visit certain areas in the future, I can see a cultural celebration being held in conjunction with those visits as time and circumstances allow. It will be interesting to see what occurs in that regard.

In the meantime, I wanted to provide advanced notice of something I figured out earlier this week. The dedication of the Concepcion Chile Temple this weekend will mean the Church will have 160 temples in operation. But that also means that the Church is another temple closer to having 200 operating temples by the 200th anniversary of the reestablishment of the Church (which will, as noted, occur on Saturday April 6, 2030). So, on Sunday, with 40 temples remaining to be dedicated in the 11.44 years between then and the Church's bicentennial, the average number of temples needing to be dedicated will shrink to an average 3.5 per year.

While only one other temple (the Barranquilla Colombia Temple) set to be dedicated before the end of this year, 2018 falls below any previous averages I have offered. But 2 temples have already been set to have a dedication occur during the first third of 2019, and there are a grand total of 4 others which will almost certainly be dedicated during the remaining two thirds of 2019. So with a total of 6 temples almost certain to be dedicated next year, 2018 and 2019 will even out to an average 4 temple dedications per year.

And within the first 6-8 months of 2020, 3 other temples are on track to have their dedications. So by this time in 2020, the average number of temples needing to be dedicated will have decreased significantly. I also cannot and will not rule out the prospect that several of the temples which will have a groundbreaking or otherwise see their construction processes begin within the next 8-10 months might also have their dedications occur during 2020.

I hope these thoughts will prove helpful to at least some of you who read them. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. 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.

Additional Church News Reported

Hello again, everyone! Over the last couple of days, several more Church news stories have been reported. This post will pass along the most significant ones. Let's get right into all of those. First of all, some updated stories have been shared regarding President Nelson's first South American leg of his ongoing Worldwide Ministry Tour.

As previously reported, President Nelson dismissed his interpreter during his time in Lima Peru, and spoke to the Saints assembled in that congregation in their native tongues, becoming the first Church president to speak extensively in a language not his own. A posted video shows what happened when President Nelson did so and how the members in that congregation reacted.

In another leg of his journey (where he stopped in Paraguay), his visit had an unforgetable impact on the congregation, and some missionaries traveled 48 hours to be there for his visit to Paraguay. Meanwhile, in other Church news today, it was announced earlier today that the Church had developed a website which is now available for those dealing with the effects of abuse.

In the meantime, another article recently published in the "Living Faith" section of that website, including an explanation of how that website is complying with the reemphasized guidelines about the name of the Church.

In another article covering the opening of the new Deseret Industries in Arizona, the Church News explains how those facilities look at people and products without labels, while a member of the Church News staff provided a look at how accepting President Nelson's challenge to read the Book of Mormon by the end of this year affected her in a positive way..

And finally, at a BYU-Provo Campus Devotional, Stephen W. Owen, who serves as Young Men General President, shared 3 important things each of us can do to draw closer to God. I do continue to monitor any and all reported Church news and temple developments and will, to the best of my ability, keep passing 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, on any post at any time. 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.

Major Updates Reported on Durban South Africa Temple

Hello again, everyone! Major updates have been reported today for the Durban South Africa Temple. Earlier today, the Angel Moroni statue was installed atop that temple, and where art glass and lamp-posts have begun to be installed. These developments are very encouraging. Given that the installation of that statue has generally signified a major step towards its' completion, I feel confident in standing by my previously-offered estimate that this temple could be dedicated in early-to-mid August of next year.

I do continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to pass word of 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, on any post at any time. 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.

Template Changes for This Blog

Hello again, everyone! I wanted to post here and now with a bit of personal business related to this blog. A few moments ago, I found out that, due to an update of the template I had been using here, the background for this blog was showing up as black, with no other color or design. I have therefore changed the background yet again as a result. I invite any of you who would like to do so to share your thoughts on the new template I am using, and particularly whether it works well for any of you on any of the devices you are using to access this blog.

I apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause, but it was sadly unavoidably necessary. I do continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I receive it. In point of fact, I was working on a post about recent new temple information which has come to my attention. Look for that within the next hour or less.

That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time. 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.