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Friday, February 8, 2019

Altered General Estimates for Future Temple Events

Hello again, everyone! I am back as promised with some revisions to general estimates I have previously offered for future temple events. First, the progress which has been made on the construction of the Lisbon Portugal, Arequipa Peru, and Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temples has been significant enough that it is now believed that Lisbon, along with the Durban South Africa Temple, could be dedicated in mid-to-late 2019. The completion estimate for Arequipa has been moved up to late 2019, and Rio de Janeiro is now anticipated to be dedicated during either late 2019 or early 2020.

In the meantime, I have also taken time to revise the "Groundbreaking anticipated" and "Announced" sections of my temple construction progress report yet again, based on new information which has shaped my reanalysis, and a copy of each section showing the revisions follows below:


Groundbreaking anticipated:
178. Saratoga Springs Utah Temple: Government approval phase; awaiting official site confirmation and release of artist’s rendering; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2019.
179. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Existing institute building and meetinghouse closed on January 27, 2019 in preparation for demolition; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2019.
180. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; property fence installed around temple site; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2019.
181. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official name announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2019.
182. 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.
183. Auckland New Zealand Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2019-early 2020.
184. 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.
185. Puebla Mexico Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in early 2020.



Announced Temples (for which sufficient information has me confident enough to venture a general groundbreaking estimate):
186. Salta Argentina Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking could occur in early 2020.
187. Mendoza Argentina Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking could occur in early-to-mid 2020.
188. Managua Nicaragua Temple: Planning and approval phase; 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-2020.
190. Layton Utah Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2020.
191. Richmond Virginia Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2020.
192. Phnom Penh Cambodia Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2020.
193. Salvador Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2020.
194. Washington County Utah Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official city (and site) announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2020.
195. Yuba City, California Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2020.
196. Lagos Nigeria Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2020-early 2021.           
197. Davao Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in early 2021.
198. Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in early-to-mid 2021.
199. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-2021.
200. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in mid-to-late 2021.
201. Russia Temple: Planning and approval phase; awaiting official city and site announcement; groundbreaking could occur in late 2021-early 2022.


Just a comment, if I may, on the list of announced temples and the timing anticipated for the groundbreaking of each. Most of those estimates are based on what is now known about the status of each temple, or what I can safely surmise from that knowledge. Some of it is an educated guess, and the rest is just me personally choosing to be cautious in the estimates I offer for the timing of such events. I am personally hoping it will not take another 3 years to clear out the queue of existing temples, and I recognize that there may be other temples announced which may lead to some of these estimates being pushed back further.

Estimating future time-frames for known or anticipated temple events is never a perfect process, and it evolves constantly and consistently as more information is made available. If anyone had told me that 3 temples announced in October of last year would have a groundbreaking within 7 months of their announcement, there was a time last year when I would have dismissed that as impossible. But the Lord has shown in abundance that He is in control of the timing of such things, and I am always happy to admit that He knows better than I do about such things.

That said, I hope my analysis on the subject, such as it may be, is helpful to all who read it. If that turns out to be the case, then my efforts will have been a success. I continue to monitor all temple developments and any other Church news and am committed to bringing word of such things to you all here as I receive it.

In the meantime, 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.

BREAKING NEWS: Praia Cabo Verde Temple Groundbreaking Scheduled; Buenos Aires Argentina MTC to Close

Hello again, everyone! One week ago, we heard news of the groundbreaking ceremonies to be held for the Pocatello Idaho and Yigo Guam Temples. Earlier today, the Church announced that the groundbreaking for the Praia Cape Verde Temple (with that temple adopting the Spanish version of its' name (in other words, Praia Cabo Verde Temple) will take place on May 4, which will be the same day on which ground is broken for the Yigo Guam and San Juan Puerto Rico Temples. This marks the first time in a long time (in my recollection) in which 3 temple groundbreakings have been set to occur on the same day.

The design for this temple is similar or identical to the designs previously announced for both the San Juan and Yigo Temples. And it also appears that Yigo Guam time is ahead of Praia Cabo Verde time, which is ahead of San Juan Puerto Rico time, which is ahead of Utah time. So the temples will have their groundbreakings in that order (Yigo, Praia, and San Juan). Construction of each temple is anticipated to take roughly two years, meaning that a dedication for each could occur in early-to-mid 2021.

But that's not the only news I have to share today. The Church also announced through Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff that the MTC in Buenos Aires Argentina will close this July. This is in accordance with President Nelson's desire to reevaluate how Church resources are being used, and what changes in that use of resources would be in the best interests of the Church. Missionaries who would have been trained in that MTC will now go to the MTCs in Brazil or Mexico.

It will be interesting to see what other developments are announced as 2019 continues. It appears that President Nelson's assessment (that 2019 will be more exciting than 2018, and that the years following will also be increasingly exciting ones for the Church) was not an understatement. I continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to bring word of those 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, 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.