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Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Presidency Begins Announcing New Temple Presidents for 2019

Hello again, everyone! I have previously remarked on this blog about the fact that President Nelson seems to be very much ahead of the curve, which is in no small measure due to both his finely-honed skills developed as a surgeon that have enabled him to get to the heart of any matter (pun intended), and his extremely good health and administrative capabilities. We saw that last year when the announcement of new area leadership was made 4-6 weeks sooner than they had been in prior years, and we saw it again when the new mission presidents that will begin serving in July were announced, along with new and consolidated missions, not long after the beginning of January of this year. Yet another example occurred today, when the First Presidency announced new presidents for 8 of the Church's operating temples. This first group announcement is occurring around a month earlier than the first announcements of temple presidents have been made in previous years. So I have no doubt that other announcements of this nature will be made over the next several weeks. Among the 8 temple presidents announced today are two current area seventies (Victorino A. Babida and Milan F. Kunz), both of whom will either be released as such during the April or October General Conferences of this year.

Also included among those 8 are 2 former area seventies and 1 counselor in the current presidency of a temple who will become the new temple president in November. There was also an unexpected development in that a new president was called for the Manila Philippines Temple. I call that unexpected due to the fact that the current president of that temple has only served for 2 year, and it has been somewhat standard for temple presidents to serve for a roughly 3-year period.

Due to the announced calls of presidents for these 8 temples, I am publishing an updated version of my list of temples that have gotten or may yet get a new president. As I have mentioned previously, it is usually the case that the Church announces presidents for roughly 1/3 of all operating temples every year. And since there will be 168 or 169 operating temples by the end of this year, I am estimating that a minimum of 56 new temple presidents will be called to begin their service this year.

My personal list of potential temples which could get a new president include 3-4 of the new new temples anticipated to be completed within the next year, and I have an additional list of 56 other temples that could get a new president at some point this year, based on what my research on that subject demonstrated.

I do continue to keep my eyes open for any and all significant Church news and temple developments, and will be doing my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I become aware of such things. In the meantime, the updated list of temples that have had or may yet have a new president called for 2019 follows below. So as to not disturb the flow of that information, I will end here and now as I always do:

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New presidents have been called for the following temples:
1.      Copenhagen Denmark
2.      Manila Philippines (not anticipated)
3.      Tampico Mexico
4.      Philadelphia Pennsylvania
5.      Spokane Washington
6.      Manhattan New York
7.      Columbia River Washington
8.      St. Paul Minnesota

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.      Columbus Ohio
9.      Curitiba Brazil
10.  Dallas Texas
11.  Detroit Michigan
12.  Fort Collins Colorado
13.  Fresno California
14.  Gilbert Arizona
15.  Guadalajara Mexico
16.  Halifax Nova Scotia
17.  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)
18.  Hartford Connecticut
19.  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)
20.  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.)
21.  Johannesburg South Africa
22.  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.)
23.  Kyiv Ukraine
24.  Lima Peru
25.  London England
26.  Medford Oregon
27.  Melbourne Australia
28.  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.)
29.  Mexico City Mexico
30.  Monterrey Mexico
31.  Montreal Quebec
32.  Merida Mexico
33.  Nashville Tennessee
34.  Nauvoo Illinois
35.  Nuku’alofa Tonga
36.  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.)
37.  Orlando Florida
38.  Panama City Panama
39.  Perth Australia
40.  Portland Oregon
41.  Provo Utah
42.  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.)
43.  Reno Nevada
44.  Rexburg Idaho
45.  Santiago Chile
46.  Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
47.  Sapporo Japan
48.  Seattle Washington
49.  Seoul Korea
50.  St. George Utah (Note: Since this temple is scheduled to close for renovation later this year, the Church could hold off on calling a new president until the renovation is complete)
51.  Star Valley Wyoming
52.  Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico
53.  Twin Falls Idaho
54.  Veracruz Mexico
55.  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.)
56.  Winter Quarters Nebraska