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Thursday, May 2, 2019

8 New Temple Presidents Announced; Additional Temple Updates Reported

Hello again, everyone! The Church News has continued to share biographies of new temple presidents called by the First Presidency who will begin serving later this year, with a new article sharing biographies of 8 others called to so serve. All of the temples which received new presidents with this announcement were on my list.

Among the newest batch of those called are: 1 former area seventy, 1 current counselor in the presidency of the temple for which he will assume oversight, 1 former counselor in the presidency of the same temple for which he will assume oversight, 1 current mission president, and several who are currently ordinance workers and/or current or former stake presidents and bishops.

With these newly-called temple presidents, the total number of those called to serve this year thus far has gone up to 49. and in addition to the 4 new temples that will be dedicated within the next year, there are 19 other temples left on my personal list of those that are most likely to have a new president called this year. An updated copy of that list follows below.

New presidents have been called for the following temples:
1.      Copenhagen Denmark
2.      Manila Philippines (not anticipated; current president has only served for two years)
3.      Tampico Mexico
4.      Philadelphia Pennsylvania
5.      Spokane Washington
6.      Manhattan New York
7.      Columbia River Washington
8.      St. Paul Minnesota
9.      Jordan River Utah
10.  Medford Oregon
11.  Rexburg Idaho
12.  Provo Utah
13.  London England
14.  Tegucigalpa Honduras (not anticipated; current president has only served for one year)
15.  Johannesburg South Africa
16.  Fort Collins Colorado
17.  Panama City Panama
18.  Nauvoo Illinois
19.  Suva Fiji (not anticipated; current president has only served for one year)
20.  Paris France (not anticipated; current president has only served for two years)
21.  Dallas Texas
22.  Guadalajara Mexico
23.  Gilbert Arizona
24.  Detroit Michigan
25.  Anchorage Alaska
26.  Twin Falls Idaho
27.  Sapporo Japan
28.  Kyiv Ukraine
29.  Columbus Ohio
30.  Calgary Alberta (not anticipated; current president has only served for two years)
31.  Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico
32.  Ciudad Juarez Mexico
33.  Monterrey Mexico
34.  Idaho Falls Idaho
35.  Orlando Florida
36.  Halifax Nova Scotia
37.  Mexico City Mexico
38.  Santiago Chile
39.  Nashville Tennessee
40.  Merida Mexico
41.  Star Valley Wyoming
42.  Winter Quarters Nebraska
43.  Portland Oregon
44.  Montreal Quebec
45.  Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
46.  Seattle Washington
47.  Campinas Brazil
48.  Perth Australia
49.  Curitiba Brazil


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.      Birmingham Alabama
3.      Chicago Illinois
4.      Cochabamba Bolivia
5.      Fresno California
6.      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)
7.      Hartford Connecticut
8.      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)
9.      Lima Peru
10.  Melbourne Australia
11.  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.)
12.  Nuku’alofa Tonga
13.  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.)
14.  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.)
15.  Reno Nevada
16.  Seoul Korea
17.  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)
18.  Veracruz Mexico
19.  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.)


I would have ended my post before including that list, but I have some temple updates to share as well. First, new information received today indicates that the completion of the Durban South Africa Temple is now anticipated to occur in either late 2019 or early 2020, and the completion of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple has now been pushed back to early 2020.  For the Yigo Guam, Praia Cabo Verde, San Juan Puerto Rico, and Quito Ecuador Temples, the temple sites have been officially cleared for their groundbreaking ceremonies.

And at the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple site, the demolition of the institute building and meetinghouse is nearing completion as well. As for temples undergoing renovation, new information on the Raleigh North Carolina and Baton Rouge Louisiana Temples indicate that those processes are now anticipated to conclude in late 2019 rather than mid-to-late 2019.  Additionally, new information on the Washington DC Temple indicates that the completion of its' renovation process is anticipated in the latter half of 2020, which more or less confirms my previously-offered estimate of mid-to-late 2020.

Until further information indicates otherwise, I also stand by my previously-offered estimate of early-to-mid 2020 for the Tokyo Japan Temple, and mid-to-late 2020 for the Mesa Arizona Temple. And I still strongly suspect that the Mesa Arizona Temple's renovation will be completed prior to the completion of renovation work on the Washington DC Temple. I also continue to stand by my estimate of early-to-mid 2021 for the completion of the renovation of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.

It appears that I will have to yet again revisit my estimates for known temple events very soon, and I will be sure to publish that here once that process is complete. I also have a half-dozen or so other projects still pending for this blog in the near future, but have had to defer work on those while I continue to recover from my procedure and deal with additional illness. I will be updating you all on my progress on those projects as I figure it all out.

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