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Monday, February 18, 2019

Temple Updates Provided/Some Additional Thoughts on Temple Construction

Hello again, everyone! I am pleased to be able to bring you all a couple of temple updates which have crossed my radar recently. I wanted to first mention that, AFAIK, there is no word yet on who will preside at the Rome Italy Temple dedication. I could see President Nelson doing so (whether or not attendance at the dedication is rotated among the apostles), perhaps as part of another leg of his Global Ministry Tour.

With that said, it appears that the work of painting and refreshing the buildings at the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple site has concluded, and now, all buildings (especially the temple) are being made ready for the public open house. As I noted elsewhere recently, that open house will begin on the last day of the dedicatory services for the Rome Italy Temple (Tuesday March 12) and will continue for 18 days following that (concluding on the second-to-last day of March).

In the meantime, the other major temple update I have is for the Frankfurt Germany Temple. It has been a while since we saw an update reported on that temple, so it is good to finally get one today. Latest information indicates that an accessibility ramp is being built, while work continues on installing irrigation lines and planting trees and shrubs on the temple grounds. It will be interesting to see what happens with the scheduling, course, and timing of temple events held during mid-to-late 2019.

Right now, during the four months or so between the beginning of July and the end of October or so, the Durban South Africa and Lisbon Portugal Temples are anticipated to be dedicated, and rededications are anticipated to be held for the Raleigh North Carolina and Baton Rouge Louisiana Temples (which, given recent precedent, may be one-session private events), while a public open house and dedication are anticipated to be announced at some point for the Frankfurt Germany Temple (and I also anticipate that Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, our native German apostle, will be sent to preside at that rededication whenever it occurs).

Each of those events may well be interchangeable in terms of the specific timing within which they might occur. Not long after these temples are dedicated or rededicated, the dedication of the Arequipa Peru Temple is also anticipated to occur before the end of this year. And the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple might possibly be dedicated by the end of this year, or in the early part of next year, with the same being true for the rededication of the Asuncion Paraguay Temple.

Either way, just in terms of dedications or rededications, the rest of this year will be exciting. And if, as I have conjectured in my previous post, groundbreakings are held for a minimum of 5-7 other temples before the end of this year, then the Church will indeed be well on track with temple construction to a degree that several more temples could (and likely will) be announced in both April and October of this year and at least the next couple of years as well.

It will be interesting to see what happens for the Church's temple construction program within the remaining 10 months or so of 2019, and whatever might occur in that regard, I will be sure to bring you all word of those developments (along with any major Church news) as I become aware 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.

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