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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Several Church News Items Reported

Hello again, everyone! Several Church news items have been reported within the last 72 hours or so. Given the nature of their importance and significance, I wanted to share them with you all here now. So let's get right into it all. First, and most importantly, the URL for the Church's official Newsroom and all its' subpages (including articles on the main page and at least some of the international newsroom sites) has officially been moved to the new URL that Church leaders previously referenced. I cannot say that all country Newsroom sites have experienced the same exact changes, but if any of those contry sites retain the present URL, they are on track to get those changes made in the days and weeks ahead.

Next, I wanted to mention that many of the foreign language Newsrooms have offered an increasing number of reports on the ministry of Church leaders in several of those locations. It particularly appears that many of our apostles have been outside the United States in recent days and weeks, and I'd encourage any who are interested in such reports to check them out on the individual Newsrooms. For those of us who have trouble reading material that was not originally in our native languages, in most web browsers, the option to translate such pages into the languages we use will be presented upon navigating to those pages.

Having said that, I wanted to focus my first set of shared articles from the main English Newsroom. The highlights include that the entire First Presidency, in company with Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who is our apostle with Asian ancestry, welcomed a delegation from Vietnam's Committee for Religious Affairs, and they discussed, among other things, how the Church and the Committee can streamline efforts to enable the gospel to spread through Vietnam. With the Church having obtained official recognition from that nation roughly 3 years or so ago, it is good to see those cooperative efforts continuing and expanding.

And Elder Quentin L. Cook, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was recently in Jerusalem, where he spoke to a gathering of Latter-day Saints and Jewish leaders, where he encouraged interfaith listening and learning, Elder D. Todd Christofferson was in West Africa recently, during which government leaders praised the Church's focus on family and humanitarian work, while it has also been reported that Church members in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world have been  involved in projects to help in the aftermath of the mosque shooting in Christchurch New Zealand.

Meanwhile, on the official website for Church News and Events page, the details of the November Face-to-Face event for children and youth ages 3-17, their teachers, their leaders, and their parents, which will feature Elder Gong and the entire Primary, Young Men, and Young Women General Presidencies. We now turn in conclusion to a few Church News articles that have been published recently, which include articles highlighting how 3 Latter-day Saint female athletes are living and sharing their faith while at universities that are not predominantly made up of Latter-day Saints.

Also, Sister Reyna I. Aubrto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, spoke at this week's BYU-Idaho devotional, while Sisters Lisa L. Harkness, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, and Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, spoke to the Church News about their recent ministry tour through several nations within the Africa Southeast Area.  The Church News also shared recollections from Hugh B. Brown, who served in WWII, and would subsequently serve as an apostle and, for a time, as a member of the First Presidency, as the world celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-day.

Additionally, the proprietors of an art-glass studio based in Lehi, Utah, have spoken to the Church News about how contributing to temple construction has had a positive influence in their lives and on the success of their business. I was pleased to be able to bring these updates to you all here today. I will continue to monitor all Church news and temple updates and will keep doing my level best to bring word of those to you all as I receive it.

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.

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Full-Scale Construction Efforts Underway on Quito Ecuador Temple

Hello again, everyone! I have some breaking temple news to report. New information of which I was made aware today indicates that full-scale construction efforts are now underway on the Quito Ecuador Temple. The latest update I have on that temple is that construction equipment is on site, that the outline of the temple has been marked, and that excavation is now underway for the footings and foundation of that temple.

It is wonderful to hear of these developments, especially since the groundbreaking for that temple occurred less than a month ago. With construction having commenced, some sources from which I gather the bulk of the temple information which I share here have indicated that construction on the Quito Ecuador Temple is now anticipated to wrap up sometime during 2021, which puts its' completion after that of the Yigo Guam, Praia Cabo Verde, and San Juan Puerto Rico Temples, but prior to that of the Pocatello Idaho and Urdaneta Philippines Temples.

And based on my own analysis, I am confident enough to offer a more specific completion estimate of mid-to-late 2021 for that temple. Given that within the last couple of weeks, we have seen this temple and the Bangkok Thailand Temple finally get out of their "full-scale construction pending" status, it is my hope that we will soon see full scale work get underway for the Yigo, Praia, and San Juan Temples, although how quickly that may occur could be anyone's guess.

With that said, I did want to note that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple will be held two days from now. And additionally, an update has also crossed my radar relating to the renovation process for the Washington D.C. Temple, where work has progressed on both the temple's interior and exterior. Aside from these updates, I wanted to also note that I am still hoping that another announced temple or two may have its' groundbreaking arrangements announced within the next week or two.

And I also wanted to mention as well that President Russell M. Nelson, his wife, Wendy W. Nelson, and Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Harriet R. Uchtdorf, are preparing to visit Orlando Florida, where they will speak at an evening devotional this weekend. The Church News has published an article on how a Disney show director has been given the opportunity to prepare the Amway Center for that devotional this weekend.

I have other Church news stories to report, but will defer that for the moment. 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.