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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple Dedicated as 163rd Operating Temple of the Church

Hello again, everyone! With the time now being almost 9:00 PM Sunday in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo, all dedicatory sessions for that temple have concluded. So I wanted to provide a glimpse at coverage of the dedicatory events. Firstly, it is worth nothing that, in presiding over the dedicatory events this weekend, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (for whom, as I explained in another post yesterday, this temple's dedication was personally significant) was accompanied by his wife, Ruth L. Renlund, and their only child, Ashley.

The Africa Southeast Area Presidency (Elders S. Mark Palmer, Joseph W. Sitati, and Joni L. Koch) were also in attendance, along with their wives. I had thought I remembered reading about the Temple Department Executive Director, Elder Larry Y. Wilson,. also being in attendance, along with Elder Kevin S. Hamilton of the Seventy, who was just released last year as president of the Africa Southeast Area, but I could not find that verified in any of the sources I found.

So for now, I wanted to pass along the news articles I was able to find on this weekend's events. This article provided an overview of the dedicatory weekend, including the note about Elder Renlund presiding thereat. Another article highlights the youth devotional that was held roughly 24 hours or so ago, while a third article highlights the temple's dedication. Elder Renlund is, as I previously mentioned, the new least-senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to ever preside over the dedication of a temple, and he received this assignment due to both his service on the Temple and Family History Executive Council and to his personal connection to that area.

With this temple dedication having been held, the next major temple events will be the Fortaleza Brazil Temple open house, which will begin in less than two weeks, the groundbreakings on May 4 of this year for the Yigo Guam, Praia Cabo Verde, and San Juan Puerto Rico Temples, the private rededication of the Memphis Tennesee Temple on May 5 by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, the groundbreaking for the Quito Ecuador Temple the following Saturday, the private rededication of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple on May 19 by President Henry B. Eyring, the dedication of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple on June 2, the groundbreaking for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple the following Saturday, and the rededication of the Oakland California Temple 8 days after that/

Time will tell, but if what I am hearing on my end is any indication, the second half of 2019 will be just as busy (if not more so) in terms of scheduled temple events. We already know about the scheduled dedications for the Port-au-Prince Haiti and Lisbon Portugal Temples on September 1 and 15 respectively, and that the rededication of the Frankfurt Germany Temple is scheduled for October 20. I woud anticipate that, following the scheduled announcement this Friday about the renovation plans. details, and involved timing for the Salt Lake Temple, there will be at least a few other temple events announced at some point over the next couple of moths and beyond.

It will be a busy season for the Church in terms of such developments, and for my part, I will be doing my level best to bring you all word of those as they occur, in addition to continuing to share any other major Church news which crosses my radar. At this point, I am not sure what to expect in terms of how soon the area leadership assignments for this year may be announced. That could happen prior to or just after Friday's announcement, or it could be delayed another week or two. But whenever any such announcements are made, I will be sure to bring word of those here as I learn about them.

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