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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for Fortaleza Brazil Temple

Hello again, everyone! As recently as yesterday, I had posted Church and temple news and noted that the announcement of the open house and dedication dates for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple was anticipated any day now. I am pleased to pass along to you the official announcement from the Newsroom about that, along with the Church news article on that subject as well. As those articles explain, the open house is set to occur during a 4-week period spanning Saturday April 27-Saturday May 18, with the exception of the Sundays of April 28 and May 5 and 12. The end date of the open house will coincide with the day the youth devotional is held for the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple.

In a somewhat unusual but not entirely unexpected move, the First Presidency has scheduled this temple's youth devotional for Saturday June 1, with the dedication to follow on Sunday June 2. I am calling that unusual because it is not often that the dedication of one temple has been set to precede the rededication of another which had its'  dedication previously set. If there has been any relation in the past between a temple dedication and a rededication, it is usually that the rededication of one temple precedes the dedication of a new temple that was previously set. But as I also mentioned above, it was not entirely unexpected.

Given what we knew about the status of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple as of yesterday, the release of the dedication information was simply a matter of time. I think that, as a result of the Fortaleza Temple's dedication being set for June 2, with the rededication of the Oakland California Temple being set for June 16, we can safely conclude that the latter event will likely be the last temple event held before the annual July recess is observed by the General Authorities, unless a temple groundbreaking is held during the final two weeks of that month.

As always, I do continue to monitor any and all temple developments and will do my level best to bring word of those to you all here as I receive it. In the meantime, I also wanted to mention one additional item of Church news. The Church News has provided highlights of President Nelson's first year as Church President by sharing 61 unique photographs taken of him in 2018. The photographs show his personal warmth, his love for his Brethren in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, and several pictures highlighting significant moments from General Conference or his personal ministry to the one in the midst of his travels.

As the article also notes, he will reach the 1-year mark of his Church Presidency in just four days. I will be posting here on that day in honor of that milestone. If other Church or temple news crosses my radar between now and then, you can also count on my passing those along as well. That does it for this post. Any and all comments are, as always, welcome and appreciated, on any post at any time, as long as such comments are made in accordance with the established guidelines. 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.