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Saturday, February 16, 2019

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Land Acquired for Quito Ecuador Temple/General Observations About Announced Temples

Hello again, everyone! I have breaking temple news to report, which I will get to in just a minute, but first, I wanted to pass along a personal update: I have taken time today to once again reevaluate the layout of this blog, and decided to tweak a few settings, which included doing some degree of optimization for those who read my blog on mobile devices. My hope in making these adjustments is to make the blog more user-friendly, with a goal to (hopefully) increase the revenue I get from running the ads on this blog. To achieve that end, I would appreciate hearing from any of you about whether these changes made a difference in the look and feel of your experiences as readers of this blog

One last note before I detail the news I have: I have conclusively verified that the Rome Italy Temple open house has officially ended. I say that because it is now roughly 7:20 AM Rome Italy time. That said, the update I have was unexpected but certainly welcome: Information found on the Quito Ecuador Temple page earlier today indicates that a site has been procured by the Church for that temple.

Until the First Presidency confirms that the site in question will be used for that temple, this is unofficial information. But it means that the Quito Ecuador Temple could be closer to a groundbreaking than I thought as recently as 8 days ago, when I last posted adjustments to my estimates for future temple groundbreakings. As a result, I have expanded my list of temples which seem to be in a "Groundbreaking anticipated" status.

That process involved weighing what I knew (including whether any of them had a potential or definitive site identified and anything I have heard from local members or other sources who are familiar with the situation of these temples) against what is unknown (based on how soon there might be a site identified or confirmed, and on any surprising developments which are possible to occur), and adapted my list accordingly.

One other note: with 4 additional groundbreaking ceremonies set to occur by the end of the first Saturday in May local time, there are only 24 temples remaining for which a groundbreaking has not been announced. With that in mind, the "Groundbreaking anticipated" section of my report now includes 16 announced temples, for all of which I am predicting a groundbreaking between now and the end of next year. And that leaves only 8 more temples for which I need more information before projecting a closer estimate for a groundbreaking ceremony.

If I am anywhere near correct in my theories as presented in both sections, then it appears likely that all temples which were announced by the end of 2018 could have a groundbreaking ceremony set to occur within the next 3.5 years, if not sooner. With that and all that has been said about President Nelson's temple-building intentions in mind, I have no doubt that, however long it takes to clear the current queue of announced temples, many others will have been announced.

And due to what I know now, I am more convinced than ever that President Nelson will almost certainly detail his plans and announce several new temples next April. But I am additionally and entirely sure that President Nelson will keep announcing new temples in General Conference for the foreseeable future, with each year marking an increased total number of temples announced than the year before. I have personally felt that the number of temples that will be announced this year could even be double or triple the 19 total we saw announced last year (which would be somewhere between 38 and 57 total for 2019).

But if Elder Cook's recent statement to the effect that a ten-fold increase in the number of temples is the approximate endgame is anywhere near correct, then it may be anyone's guess how many temples will be announced this year and in the years to come. Either way, if the revisions I have made prove to be anywhere close to what will actually occur, then the next 3.5 years and the years following that could be twice or 3 times more full of temple developments than we saw during the Hinckley-boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

I had originally planned to end this post with the updates I have made to the two relevant and recently-reorganized sections of my temple construction progress report, but since I wanted to provide further insight and commentary on that, I will do it in a new post in just a few minutes. So 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.

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