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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Church Leaders Break Ground for 3 New Temples

Hello again, everyone! Church leaders in 3 different parts of the world broke ground today on temples announced by President Russell M. Nelson for Saints living in the remote areas of Yigo Guam, Praia Cabo Verde, and San Juan Puerto Rico. While I had hoped to provide coverage of those by way of a breaking news post ealrlier today, it was not until just now that I found sufficient coverage of these events. So let's get right into that coverage. First of all, the main Newsroom shared general coverage on each groundbreaking ceremony.

The thing that stuck out to me particularly about this first article is that it notes this is "one of the first times" ground has been broken for 3 temples on the same day. I looked back at the August 2018 article published by the Church about days on which more than one temple had a groundbreaking, and this is only the third time that has happened in Church history. But I have a sneaking suspicion this will not be the last time that occurs. In fact, there very well could be a day coming when 4 or more temples having a groundbreaking on the same day could become the "new normal".

With that said, let me share the links to the individual articles about the groundbreakings for each of these 3 temples. Although coverage of the Yigo Guam Temple groundbreaking is not yet available, within the next few days, that will be published on the Japanese edition of the Newsroom. The Cabo Verde edition of the Newsroom shared more about the Praia Temple groundbreaking, and more about the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Juan Temple comes from the Puerto Rican edition of the Newsroom.

Although time will tell how accurate this might prove to be, I have heard that the odds of full-scale construction beginning for these temples within the next week or less are very good, and that the construction time-frame for each could turn out to be closer to 18-21 months than it would be to 24. If that turns out to be the case, one or two of them could potentially be dedicated prior to the end of next year. Time will tell how likely that turns out to be. It is also worth noting that it has been over 3 months now since the groundbreaking for the Bangkok Thailand Temple was held, and full-scale construction has not yet begun for that temple as of yet.

Additionally, tomorrow will mark the private one-session rededication for the Memphis Tennesee Temple, over which Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has been asked to preside. Tomorrow night, Elder Carl B. Cook of the Presidency of the Seventy will speak in the second of the three Worldwide Devotionals for Young Adults which have been planned for 20ni19. The final devotional for this year will be held on Sunday September 8, and given that the Church has still not announced who the speaker will be for that yet, it is appearing more and more likely that that devotional will feature Church President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy.

Aside from that,  on Saturday May 11, as we know, Elder Enrique R. Falabella will be presiding over the groundbreaking for the Quito Ecuador Temple. And that same day, open house tours will begin for the Oakland California Temple. The following Saturday, open house tours will wrap up for the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. I am still holding out hope that we could see the open house and dedication schedule fir the Arequipa Peru Temple announced in the near future, and it is appearing more likely that that temple's dedication will be scheduled to occur in December, with both the rededication of the Asuncion Paraguay Temple and the dedication of the Durban South Africa Temple likely to be deferred until after Christmas 2019 and New Year's Day 2020.

To the best of my ability, I will have all of these developments covered here as I receive word of them. I also continue to monitor all Church news and work on the many projects I have lined up to publish on this blog in the near future. 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. Thank you for the privilege of your time. If you enjoyed what you read here and would like to stay informed of newly-added content, please feel free to subscribe. Until my next post, I wish each one of you all the best and pray that the Lord will bless you all in everything you do.