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Friday, January 18, 2019

Updated Specific Estimates for Known Temple Events

Hello again, everyone! Just a few moments ago, I finally finished the revision process for my more specific estimates for known temple events. The updates follow below. So as not to disturb the flow of that information, I will end here and now as I always do. 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.

2019:
Saturday January 26: Groundbreaking for the Bangkok Thailand Temple (confirmed)
Note: On November 27, 2018, just 8 days following the afore-mentioned announcement of the groundbreaking information for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple, the First Presidency also announced that the groundbreaking for this temple would be held 10 days after that one. Elder David F. Evans, who serves as President of the Asia Area, will preside at this event, which is set to be held at 10:00 AM Bangkok time (which is 8:00 PM on Friday January 26 MST). Since a general completion estimate of 3-4 years has been given for the construction of this temple, I have felt a more specific but still general completion estimate of mid-2022 would be appropriate.
Sunday March 10-Tuesday March 12: Dedication of the Rome Italy Temple (162nd operating temple; confirmed)
Note: The First Presidency announced the amended dedication dates for this temple on November 8, 2018. Given that this dedication will now be held over three days rather than the previously-announced 8-day period, there may be only 2-3 of our 15 apostles participating in this event. That said, it would not surprise me in any way if this dedication was either the start or conclusion of another leg of President Nelson’s ongoing Global Ministry Tour.
Saturday & Sunday April 6 & 7: 189th General Conference
Note: Because 19 temples were announced in 2018 (which may have been President Nelson’s way of starting slowly), and because one of his major focuses during his first year as Church President has been highlighting the importance of temples, I’m sure we will see several new temples announced during this General Conference.
Sunday April 14: Dedication of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple (163rd operating temple; confirmed)
Note: In view of the facts that the dedication of this temple will occur after the April General Conference, and that following the April 2018 General Conference, President Nelson began his Global Ministry Tour, I could see President Nelson doing another leg of his tour in conjunction with this temple’s dedication, whether that tour starts or ends with this dedication, or whether this dedication is held sometime in the mid-point of that tour.
April or May: Groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho Temple
Note: In January 2019, many sources I had available noted that this temple would have a groundbreaking in the spring. That could occur at some point after General Conference (and thus be held before the already-scheduled groundbreaking for the San Juan Temple), or it could occur in May, either on the same day as that for the San Juan temple, or at any other time during the month. Although an apostle (particularly any with ties to Pocatello) could preside at this groundbreaking when it occurs, or that could be done by any of the 3 members of the Idaho Area Presidency (Elders Wilford W. Andersen, S. Gifford Nielsen, or Brian K. Taylor).
Saturday May 4: Groundbreaking for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple
Note: On January 12, 2019, the First Presidency released the artist’s rendering for this temple (which was announced in October 2018). 5 days later (on January 17), the groundbreaking for this temple was announced to occur on this day in May. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez, president of the Church’s Caribbean Area, will preside at that ceremony.
Sunday May 5: Private rededication of the Memphis Tennessee Temple (confirmed)
Note: On January 16, 2019, the First Presidency announced the private rededication of this temple would take place in a single session on this date, that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland would preside at the rededication, and that no open house or youth devotional would be held prior to this event.
Sunday May 19: Private rededication of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple (confirmed)
Note: On January 16, 2019, the private rededication for the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple was announced. President Henry B. Eyring will preside at the single-session rededication, which will not be preceded by an open house or youth devotional.
Sunday June 2: Dedication of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple (165th operating temple; confirmed)
Note: On January 10, 2018, the First Presidency announced this temple’s dedication. In an unusual (but not unexpected) move, that dedication has been scheduled to occur two weeks prior to the rededication of the Oakland California Temple. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a dedication has been set to occur prior to a rededication which has previously been announced. Usually, a temple’s rededication has been set to occur prior to a previously-announced temple dedication. As noted on other temples, President Nelson could preside at this event himself, or he could delegate one of his counselors or a senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to do so.
Sunday June 16: Rededication of the Oakland California Temple (confirmed)
Note: This temple’s rededication was announced on December 18, 2018. As noted above, the dedication of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple, announced almost a month later, has been set to occur before this temple’s rededication.
August: Private rededications for the Raleigh North Carolina and Baton Rouge Louisiana Temples
Note: Given the unexpected announcement of the private rededications for the Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temples (and the fact that both will be operating again before the General Authorities take their annual July recess), it is not hard to believe that both of these temples, for which their renovation processes seem to be on track, could have a rededication within the month following that recess.
Sunday September 1: Dedication of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple (165th operating temple; confirmed)
Note: On November 14, 2018, the First Presidency announced the open house and dedication information for this temple. Then, on January 18, 2019, the dedication was pushed back to this date in view of all that still needed to be done on the construction process.
Mid-to-late September: Dedication of the Durban South Africa Temple (166th operating temple)
Note: If the construction of the Durban South Africa Temple continues on schedule, then it is not hard to believe that a dedication for it could occur before General Conference. And given the precedent set earlier this year relating to the Memphis Tennessee and Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temples (that both are going to have a one-session private rededication), it is not hard to believe that the Raleigh Temple could easily have a rededication at this point.
Saturday & Sunday October 5 & 6: 189th Semiannual General Conference:
Note: Depending on what is done by this time to clear the existing backlog of announced temples, it seems more likely than not that several new temples will be announced during this weekend.
Mid-to-late October: Rededication of the Frankfurt Germany Temple
Mid-November: Dedication of the Lisbon Portugal Temple (167th operating temple)
December: Dedication of the Arequipa Peru Temple (168th operating temple)
Note: The Arequipa temple has progressed swiftly. Given the earlier timing that has been announced or is anticipated for the private rededications of Hinckley-era temples this year, that fact, combined with the fact that construction may be ahead of schedule, has me confident enough to conjecture that this temple could likely be dedicated during the last month of this year. But I could also see the Church waiting to dedicate this temple until after Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020.

Final note on 2019: Given what I have heard about 2019, it seems more likely than not that several temples will have a groundbreaking at some point during that year. As noted above, the groundbreakings have been scheduled for the Bangkok Thailand and San Juan Puerto Rico Temples, while the groundbreaking for the Pocatello Idaho is anticipated to occur within the second quarter of 2019. I am also anticipating that a groundbreaking for the Saratoga Springs Utah (and perhaps also) Brasilia Brazil Temples will be held in mid-2019. Additionally, based on what I know at the present time, I am keeping my eyes open for information on the Nairobi Kenya, Lima Peru Los Olivos, Harare Zimbabwe, and Greater Manila Philippines Temples, most (if not all) of which could have a groundbreaking by the end of 2019. But given the fact that we unexpectedly saw a groundbreaking set for the San Juan temple, then that opens the prospect that other temples announced by President Nelson in 2018 could also have a groundbreaking if their size expedites the approval process.

2020:
Mid-February: Rededication of the Asuncion Paraguay Temple
Saturday & Sunday April 4 & 5: 190th Annual General Conference
Note: Barring anything unexpected, I would anticipate several new temples being announced during this weekend.
Mid-April: Dedication of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple (169th operating temple)
Mid-to-late May: Rededication of the Tokyo Japan Temple
June or early-to-mid August: Dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple (170th operating temple)
Saturday & Sunday October 3 & 4: 190th Semiannual General Conference
Note: Temple announcements are always possible, so it is not hard to believe that a few could be announced during this General Conference.
Mid-October: Rededication of the Mesa Arizona Temple
Mid-November: Dedication of the Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple (171st operating temple)
Note: At the groundbreaking for this temple (which occurred on November 8, 2018), Elder Neil L. Andersen, who presided at this event and gave his remarks in French, noted that construction of the temple was anticipated to take around two years. For that reason, I am moving my previous estimate for this temple’s dedication up to this point.
Mid-December: Rededication of the Washington DC Temple

Final note on 2020: Some of the announced temples that will have a groundbreaking between now and the end of 2019 could potentially be dedicated during this year. And several other announced temples (I currently have 7 on my radar) could have a groundbreaking during 2020 as well.

2021:
Saturday & Sunday April 3 & 4: 191st Annual General Conference
Note: Depending on what happens between now (early December 2018) and the dates for this General Conference, I could easily see several new temples announced.
Mid-to-late April: Dedication of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple (172nd operating temple)
Early-to-mid June: Rededication of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Mid-August: Dedication of the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple (173rd operating temple)
Saturday & Sunday October 2 & 3: 191st Semiannual General Conference
Note: I am hoping that by the time this particular General Conference weekend rolls around, the temple construction program of the Church will have progressed to the point where some temples will continue to be announced every six months.

Final note on 2021: If, as anticipated, several more temples are announced in 2019 and 2020, and any which have not yet had a groundbreaking have that occur within that same time period, that in turn will multiply the number of known temple events which will likely occur in 2021 and the years beyond. As more is learned about future temple renovations, that will also have an impact on the number of future events.

2022:
Saturday & Sunday April 2 & 3: 192nd Annual General Conference
Note: Since the face of the Church’s temple construction program will likely look entirely different by this time, I would anticipate the announcement of several new temples.
Mid-August: Dedication of the Bangkok Thailand Temple (173rd operating temple)
Note: Because this temple is significantly larger than temples which have been built in recent years, delays in that construction process are more likely than not. It is also worth noting that the official number for this temple is almost certain to change as other temples have a groundbreaking and construction and are potentially completed before this one is.
Saturday & Sunday October 1 & 2: 192nd Semiannual General Conference
Note:  As noted above (for the 2022 April General Conference), by this time, it is more likely than not that the face of the Church’s temple construction program will be looking entirely different. With that in mind, it seems more likely than not that other temples could be announced during this General Conference.
Mid-to-late November: Dedication of the Pocatello Idaho Temple (174th operating temple)


Final note: As noted a few different times here, within the 3.95 years or so between now and the end of 2022, the face of the Church’s temple construction program will likely look very different. We currently have a Church President who has clearly prioritized bringing the temples to the people, and the fact that he announced 19 new temples within his first year as such verifies that beyond doubt. I also am equally certain he will do all he can to clear the existing backlog of announced temples. With that in mind, there will likely be many more temple events to add to this list in the future. I am committed to bringing updates in that regard to you all as I receive them.


Temple Construction Updates Noted

Hello again, everyone! Due to an impressive number of temple updates which have been provided, along with the vast number of changes I have made to the section for announced temples on my temple construction progress report (in light of new information I found and my reanalysis thereof), I thought it would be most effective if I again posted the latest version of that report in its' entirety. The updated report follows below.

But before I end this post by sharing that report, I also wanted to mention one additional item of Church news: the latest article in the ongoing Church news series: "This Week on Social". In this week's edition, posts from Church President Russell M. Nelson, Elders Dieter F. Uchtdorf, David A. Bednar, Ronald A. Rasband, Dale G. Renlund, and Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, covered the topics of the Rome Italy Temple open house, President Nelson's visit with those affected by the Paradise Campfire in California, trials and tribulations, the new curriculum, gospel study in general, among other highlights.

We live in a remarkable time where Church leaders can share inspirational messages and encouragement on various platforms of social media. In a day of frigid, contentious, and possibly unethical political environments around the world, when integrity and moral strength are held in derision, and where integrity is compromised as a lack of these values cause the very foundation of stable, wise, and just governments to plummet, it is wonderful that some platforms used by others to perpetuate half-truths or blatant falsehoods, to deny the very existence of truth, or to justify, cover up, or conceal misconduct that ought to be illegal, or to bully, threaten, or criticize others, can be used by others to uplift, inspire, encourage, and express love and support.

Sorry for that run-on sentence. I am grateful to have been able to share the latest Church news with you and look forward to your reactions to the latest version of my report. There may be changes coming to that report in the near or more distant future. I have one or two developments on which I am doing more research before making such changes, so stay tuned for that.

The updated report follows below. So as not to disturb the flow of that information, I will end here and now as I always do. 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.




Temple Construction Progress Report (current as of 1/23/19)

Note about future temple construction: I have previously referenced the statement made by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, who serves as the Temple Department Executive Director, to the effect that 80 temples were on a list of locations that would be considered for an official announcement within the 15 years following that statement. And although we may not know whether or not those 80 locations have been announced by late April 2032, it seems reasonable to believe that the Church could (and likely will) have at least 200 operating temples by or before Saturday April 6, 2030 (which will mark the Church’s bicentennial anniversary).

With the 12 temples announced during the October 2018 General Conference, the Church now has a total of 201 temples in any phase. With that and plans to accelerate the temple construction process in mind, it is more likely than not that there will be 200 operating temples by or before Saturday April 6, 2030 (which will mark the Church’s bicentennial anniversary), whether or not an official goal is made to do so. The Church would just need to complete 39 of the temples in various phases in the 11.20 years between now and then, which could be done if 3.48 temples are dedicated each year. Since 6 new temples will be dedicated within the next year, I can easily see the Church having 200 temples in operation by that date, and would anticipate there being more than that. Time will tell, but it seems to be a safe bet.

Current temple status: The Church has 201 temples in various phases. There are 161 in operation; while 3 others have a dedication scheduled; 7 more are currently in various phases of construction; 1 temple has construction pending following its’ groundbreaking; and 2 others has a groundbreaking scheduled. Also, 11 temples are currently closed for renovation (3 of which have a rededication announced, with 3 or 4 others that are also anticipated to be rededicated next year). The remaining 27 are announced, several of which are likely to have a groundbreaking in 2019 and the years following that.

During the October General Conference, President Nelson also announced that many more operating temples will be renovated in the near future, including several pioneer-era temples (most significantly the Salt Lake Temple), and that more information will be released in the coming months about which temples are closing, and what the renovations will involve and entail.

VIP/Media Tours Underway:
162. Rome Italy Temple: VIP/Media tours underway; accepting reservations for open house (through Saturday February 16); dedication scheduled for Sunday March 10-Tuesday March 12, 2019.

Dedication scheduled:
163. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Construction completed; preparing temple for public open house; painting and refreshing other buildings on site; dedication scheduled for Sunday April 14, 2019.
164. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Construction completed; furnishing and preparing buildings for public open house; dedication scheduled for Sunday June 2, 2019.
165. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Interior drywall finished; stone installation underway in baptistry; door frames and crown moldings being installed; pouring concrete for parking lots; dedication scheduled for Sunday September 1, 2019.

Under construction; completion anticipated during 2019:
166. Durban South Africa Temple: Drywalling, painting, tiling, plumbing, and installing HVAC, electrical, and fire suppression equipment; adding more trees and plants; completion estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
167. Lisbon Portugal Temple: Concrete slab poured for monument sign; adding hard landscaping structure on north side of temple; completion estimated sometime during late 2019.

Under construction; completion anticipated during 2019-2020:
168. Arequipa Peru Temple: Installing and testing exterior lighting; fencing being installed around perimeter; interior work progressing; completion estimated sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
                                                                  
Under construction; completion anticipated during 2020:
169. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Stone cladding exterior walls and tower; stained-glass windows installed; completion estimated sometime during early 2020.
170. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Building the temple foundation; wood framing and sheathing going up for meetinghouse; completion estimated sometime during mid-2020.

Under construction; completion anticipated sometime during 2020-2021:
171. Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire Temple: Setting poles for construction barrier; completion estimated sometime during late 2020-early 2021.

Construction pending (completion anticipated sometime during 2021):
172. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Groundbreaking held on January 16, 2019; full-scale construction pending; completion estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2021.

Groundbreaking scheduled:
173. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Old Church office building demolished; preparing for groundbreaking, which is scheduled for Saturday January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 AM; completion estimated sometime during mid-2022.
Note: Bangkok time is 14 hours ahead of Utah time, so the groundbreaking for this temple will take place @ 8:00 PM Friday January 25, 2019 Utah time.
174. San Juan Puerto Rico Temple: Trujillo Alto Ward chapel to close on January 19, 2019 in preparation for demolition; groundbreaking scheduled for Saturday May 4, 2019; completion estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2021.
Note: The groundbreaking information for this temple was confirmed by a First Presidency announcement on January 17, 2019. Walter F. Gonzalez, President of the Caribbean Area of the Church, will preside at this ceremony.

Groundbreaking anticipated (official confirmation of timing pending)
175. Pocatello Idaho Temple: Government approval process; streets around temple site opened; groundbreaking anticipated in spring 2019.
Note: Although nothing has been confirmed in terms of the timing for this temple’s groundbreaking, since it is anticipated in spring 2019, I am estimating a more specific time-frame of mid-to-late April (which means it would occur prior to the already-announced groundbreaking for the San Juan Puerto Rico Temple), or some point in May. It may even be possible that the Church could set it for May 4 (to coincide with the Puerto Rico Temple’s groundbreaking).

Undergoing Renovation (rededication scheduled)
80. Memphis Tennessee Temple: Closed for renovation; stone cladding completed; installing stained-glass windows; private rededication scheduled for Sunday May 5, 2019.
95. Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple: Closed for renovation; stone cladding entrance; landscaping underway; private rededication scheduled for Sunday May 19, 2019.
13. Oakland California Temple: Closed for renovation; interior work progressing; rededication scheduled for Sunday June 16, 2019.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2019):
68. Raleigh North Carolina Temple: Closed for renovation; stone cladding exterior walls; temporary glass installed; rededication estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
94. Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple: Closed for renovation; exterior walls waterproofed; installing hanging brackets for exterior stone; stone cladding progressing on rear side of temple; installing lamp-posts; rededication estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; installing landscaping irrigation; planting trees and shrubs; completion estimated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2019-2020):
112. Asuncion Paraguay Temple: Closed for renovation; interior and exterior work underway; rededication estimated sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
                                                                                                                                  
Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2020):
18. Tokyo Japan Temple: Closed for renovation; exterior and interior renovations underway; rededication estimated sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
16. Washington D. C. Temple: Closed for renovation; interior completely dismantled; Christmas lights on display as renovation work continues; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.
8. Mesa Arizona Temple: Closed for renovation; installing water retention and irrigation systems; excavating for underground parking at Family Discovery Center; rededication may take place sometime during mid-to-late 2020.

Undergoing Renovation (rededication estimated sometime during 2021):
11. Hamilton New Zealand Temple: Closed for renovation; dismantling interior; rededication may take place sometime during early-to-mid 2021.

Note on announced temples: As noted previously, this section is split into two sub-categories. The first contains those for which there is sufficient information for me to estimate a rough window for a subsequent groundbreaking, which will, of course, be subject to alteration in the future as more information is available. The second section contains those temples which are ordered based on the information currently available, but for which more information will be needed before they can join the first list. And for that second list, I do not feel comfortable offering any groundbreaking estimate until more information is available. I reordered the list yet again on January 6-7, 2019.

Announced Temples (for which sufficient information has me confident enough to venture a general groundbreaking estimate):
176. Saratoga Springs Utah Temple: Government approval phase; probable site identified; awaiting official confirmation and artist’s rendering; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2019.
177. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning and preliminary construction phase; awaiting official site announcement; President Nelson visited probable site on October 20, 2018; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2019.
178. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; property fence installed around temple site; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2019.
179. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; President Nelson visited potential site on April 17, 2018; groundbreaking anticipated in late 2019.
180. Nairobi Kenya Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; media event held June 14, 2017; groundbreaking could occur in late 2019-early 2020.
181. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official name announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2019-early 2020.
182. Salta Argentina Temple: Planning and approval phase; announced April 1, 2018; groundbreaking could occur in early 2020.
183. Mendoza Argentina Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in early 2020.
184. Puebla Mexico Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in early-to-mid 2020.
185. Auckland New Zealand Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in early-to-mid 2020.
186. Managua Nicaragua Temple: Announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2020.
187. Layton Utah Temple: Planning and approval phase; announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2020.
188. Richmond Virginia Temple: Planning and approval phase; announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2020.
189. Bengaluru India Temple: Planning and approval phase; announced April 1, 2018; awaiting official site announcement; President Nelson toured potential locations on April 19, 2018; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2020.
190. Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2020.

Announced Temples (for which more information is needed before I provide an estimated groundbreaking time-frame):
191. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
192. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
193. Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
194. Salvador Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
195. Yuba City, California Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
196. Praia Cape Verde Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
197. Yigo Guam Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
198. Lagos Nigeria Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
199. Davao Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
200. Russia Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official city and site announcement.
201. Washington County Utah Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official city and site announcement.

Key:
Bolded numbers and text denote temples whose numbers already exists (for renovations), or is certain due to a scheduled dedication, as well as information that is certain, such as dedication or groundbreaking dates.
Italicized numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on the order in which future dedications and groundbreakings are scheduled.
Underlined numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on progress towards planning, approval, and groundbreaking.
Changes since last report are highlighted in red.


BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: New Dates Announced for Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple Open House, Dedication

Hello again, everyone! Breaking temple news was reported today. As some of you may know, the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple has been stalled in its' current status for a while (with stone cladding taking longer than anticipated). As a result, the First Presidency today announced an updated schedule for that temple. According to this release from the Newsroom, the open house will now take place from Saturday August 3 to Saturday August 17, with the exception of the Sundays of August 4 and 11. The youth devotional will then follow on the night of Saturday August 31, and the temple will be dedicated in 3 sessions on Sunday September 1.

So the June 2 dedication of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple will now be held prior to the dedication of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, and the Haiti temple will either be the first or second one dedicated in the second half of the year. I say that because depending on how consistently progress is made on the Durban South Africa Temple, that temple could potentially be dedicated prior to the Haiti Temple as well. Right now, the timing of the Durban dedication may be hard to determine. I will keep my eyes open for more on this as I become aware of it, and pass that along to you all here.

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.