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Friday, February 15, 2019

Updated List of Potential Changes in Church Leadership & 2018 Year-End Statistics for the April 2019 General Conference

Hello again, everyone! I continue to work as I can on the edits to my list of prospective temple locations that may be announced during the April 2019 General Conference. In the meantime, I wanted to post again now to pass along updates I have made to the potential changes in Church leadership and my reworked  guesstimates for the 2018 Year-End Church statistics, which will be published on the Church's website immediately after the Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference.

Those updates follow below. So as to not 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.


Predictions for Changes in Church Leadership
Presidency of the Seventy: Any changes effective August 1 sustained in advance.[i]
Result:
General Authority Seventies: New General Authorities sustained from among the Area Seventies or the Church at large (including any current mission or temple president)[ii]; Elder Steven E. Snow released as Church Historian and Recorder, with a new Church Historian and Recorder called from among the current or newly-called General Authority Seventies[iii].
Result:
Area Seventies: Some area seventies released, others called[iv].
The following area seventies may be released for the following reasons:
Called as mission presidents: Aley K. Auna, Walter Chatora, J. Kevin Ence, Jose L. Isaguierre,  Bryan R. Larsen, W. Jean-Pierre Lono, Khumbulani Mdletshe, Hoi Seng Leonard Woo
Longest-tenured: Kevin J Worthen (sustained in April 2010; is serving as BYU-Provo President; if he is released, he may be sustained as General Authority Seventy)
Result:
Sunday School General Presidency: Tad R. Callister, Devin G. Durrant, and Brian K. Ashton released, new Sunday School General Presidency called[v].
Result:
Additional note: Reid L. Neilson, who has been serving as Church historian and recorder and is not a General Authority, will likely be released from that assignment, since he has been called as a mission president as well. As far as I know, he was never sustained in that position, so his release may or may not be presented.

2018 Statistical Report (corrected figures in parentheses)[vi]
Stakes
3,383
Missions
407
Districts
550
Wards & Branches
30,710
Total Church Membership
16,385,309
Increase in Children of Record
104,150
Converts Baptized
228,987
Full-Time Missionaries
64,543
Church Service Missionaries
30,339
Temples Dedicated during 2018 (Concepcion Chile, Barranquilla Colombia)
2
Temples Rededicated during 2018 (Houston Texas, Jordan River Utah)
2
Temples in Operation by the end of 2018
161


[i]Last April, two immediate changes (as a result of two members of the Presidency of the Seventy having been called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) were presented for sustaining vote, along with an advanced sustaining of 3 other changes that would go into effect on August 1 of last year. If any changes are planned for August 1 of this year, those will be sustained in advance as well. While such changes might be hard to anticipate, the only one for which I see a need in the near future is the release of Elder L. Whitney Clayton, who currently serves as Senior President of the Seventy, and he may retain that assignment until August of next year, since he is likely to be granted emeritus status in October 2020, by which time he will be 70.
[ii]It is traditional for new General Authority Seventies to be sustained each April, so I would anticipate that occurring for this General Conference.
[iii]Elder Steven E. Snow, who has served as Church Historian and Recorder since 2012, will be 70 in November 2019, so the Church will likely sustain a current or new General Authority in that assignment to succeed him.
[iv] Although there have been exceptions in recent years, April General Conference has generally seen a large number of area seventies called, and a few released, especially if any of the new General Authorities are currently serving as area seventies. I am anticipating the same will be true for this General Conference.
[v]Brothers Callister and Durrant have served together in the Sunday School General Presidency since April 2014, and Brother Ashton joined this presidency in June 2015. For the most part within the last couple of decades, the Church has generally released each general auxiliary presidency 5 years after they were sustained, I would anticipate that a new presidency will be called, which may be comprised of either or both of the current counselors, members of the current Sunday School General Board, members of the current Young Men General Presidency or General Board, area seventies, or the Church at large.
[vi]As per the tradition established in the April 2018 General Conference, the Statistical Report will not be read out loud during the Saturday Afternoon Session, but will instead be published on the Church website directly after that session.


BREAKING NEWS: Changes In Communication Between Missionaries and Their Families

Hello again, everyone! The First Presidency today announced adjustments to the protocol whereby missionaries can contact their family members. Previously, missionaries could only speak directly to their families via phone or video chat on Mothers' Day and Christmas Day. The announcement notes that missionaries will now be permitted to have such contact opportunities with their families once weekly on their preparation day. This adjustment will allow families to have a more active part in the details (including successes and challenges) of their missionaries' labor.

Also released on the Newsroom was the official notice from the Missionary Department. While missionaries are the ones that should initiate these additional contact opportunities, the families of missionaries can reach out to their elders and sisters directly as needed with the approval of the mission president. The Church News featured an article on this development, which included several quotes relating to the change from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who chairs the Missionary Executive Council.

And Church members responded to these adjustments on Twitter. Some who had served missions in the past noted that they wished this had been an option while they were serving, while others said they were glad this adjustment wasn't made during their service, since it might have been more of a distraction for them from their labor.

But the announcement clarifies that with this change, missionaries should be considerate of their companions, and that family members should be considerate of their missionary's time. All indications point to the idea that this adjustment will enable families to have more of an active role and impact in the lives of their missionaries serving around the world.

It is awesome for me to see the way the Church has been balancing announcements about the missionary program with temple-related news and announcements and coverage of the ongoing ministry of our apostles. And it is amazing to realize that having a very healthy and vigorous Church President representing the Lord in conveying His will to the Church has enabled these changes to occur at a much larger scale than we have seen within the last 15 months versus what we saw in the 3-5 years prior to 2018.

I do continue to monitor all such developments, and will bring word of those to you all here as I receive word of them, either through new posts (for breaking or more significant developments like this one) or through comments on existing posts on this blog. 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.

List of Temples Which May Get a New President During 2019

Hello again, everyone! On this Valentines' Day, I wanted to post now my recently-completed list for this blog, which I have been working on for the last few days. The list contains those temples for which I see sufficient reason to believe a new president will be announced at some point during this year. The 2019 list includes 4 new temples which are anticipated to be dedicated within the next 12-15 months (either before the end of this year or at some point next year), along with 63 currently-operating temples for which the presidents have served a minimum of 3 years (with a few that have been serving longer than that.)

The list 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.


The first presidents will likely be announced for the following new temples:
1.      Arequipa Peru
2.      Rio de Janeiro Brazil
3.      Winnipeg Manitoba
4.      Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire

List of currently-operating temples which may be getting a new president in 2019:
1.      Aba Nigeria
2.      Anchorage Alaska
3.      Birmingham Alabama
4.      Campinas Brazil
5.      Chicago Illinois
6.      Ciudad Juarez Mexico
7.      Cochabamba Bolivia
8.      Columbia River Washington
9.      Columbus Ohio
10.  Copenhagen Denmark
11.  Curitiba Brazil
12.  Dallas Texas
13.  Detroit Michigan
14.  Fort Collins Colorado
15.  Fresno California
16.  Gilbert Arizona
17.  Guadalajara Mexico
18.  Halifax Nova Scotia
19.  Hamilton New Zealand (Note: It is possible that the Church could hold off on calling a new president for this temple until its’ rededication is held in 2021)
20.  Hartford Connecticut
21.  Hong Kong China (Note: It is possible that the Church could hold off on calling a new president for this temple until its’ rededication in 2021 or 2022)
22.  Idaho Falls Idaho (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
23.  Johannesburg South Africa
24.  Jordan River Utah (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
25.  Kyiv Ukraine
26.  Lima Peru
27.  London England
28.  Manhattan New York
29.  Medford Oregon
30.  Melbourne Australia
31.  Memphis Tennessee (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
32.  Mexico City Mexico
33.  Monterrey Mexico
34.  Montreal Quebec
35.  Merida Mexico
36.  Nashville Tennessee
37.  Nauvoo Illinois
38.  Nuku’alofa Tonga
39.  Oklahoma City Oklahoma (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
40.  Orlando Florida
41.  Panama City Panama
42.  Perth Australia
43.  Philadelphia Pennsylvania
44.  Portland Oregon
45.  Provo Utah
46.  Raleigh North Carolina (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
47.  Reno Nevada
48.  Rexburg Idaho
49.  Santiago Chile
50.  Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
51.  Sapporo Japan
52.  Seattle Washington
53.  Seoul Korea
54.  Spokane Washington
55.  St. George Utah (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
56.  St. Paul Minnesota
57.  Star Valley Wyoming
58.  Tampico Mexico
59.  Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico
60.  Twin Falls Idaho
61.  Veracruz Mexico
62.  Washington D.C. (Note: Since the current president of this temple had his service interrupted by its’ renovation, the Church could hold off another year or two on replacing him.)
63.  Winter Quarters Nebraska