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Friday, August 30, 2019

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Elder Neil L. Andersen Will Dedicate the Lisbon Portugal Temple

Hello again, everyone! As some of you may know, the last two temples dedicated by the Church were dedicated by apostles with personal ties to them. Elder Dale G. Renlund dedicated the Kinshasa DR Congo Temple in April, and Elder Ulisses Soares dedicated the Fortaleza Brazil Temple 1.5 months later. I had anticipated that personal apostolic connections to an area would determine who dedicated or rededicated other temples this year, and for that reason, I anticipated that either President Eyring, Elder Andersen, or Elder Renlund, any of our three apostles fluent in French, would preside over this weekend's dedication of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. Since President Eyring and Elder Renlund have each overseen a dedication or rededication, I assumed that Elder Andersen would preside at the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple dedication.

With Elder David A. Bednar set to preside at the youth devotional tiomorrow night, unless a more senior apostle is present at the dedication on Saturday, Elder Bednar will indeed dedicate that temple. And I have learned today why Elder Andersen was not sent to dedicate the Haiti Temple. According to this news release (shared to report the visit of the President of Portugal to the Lisbon Temple), Elder Andersen has been asked to preside over the dedication of that temple. It makes sense, since he is a multilingugal apostle, whom I believe is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese in addition to his native English and French.

So that would seem to settle both questions: Elder Bednar will indeed be presiding over this weekend's dedication of the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple, and two weeks later, Elder Andersen will be presiding over the dedication of the Lisbon Portugal Temple. Then next month, President Ballard will preside at the one-session priviate rededication for the Raleigh North Carolina Temple the week after General Conference. And if President Nelson is rotating temple dedication duties among as many different apostles this year as may be possible, it seems reasonable to maintain a belief that Elder Uchtdorf, our native German apostle, will preside over the three-session public rededication for he Frankfurt Germany Temple one week later.

And if I am correct that the rededications of temples will continue to be done by more senior apostles, then I see two possible options for the rededication of the Asuncion Paraguay Temple on November 3: either President Oaks or Elder Christofferson. I don't yet know what, if anything, that may tell us about who might be most likely to preside over the dedication of the Arequipa Peru Temple, but that may be a question for another time. In the meantime, it appears that the information about the potential time-frame for the groundbreaking of the Richmond Virginia Temple (which, per information from the Church of Jesus Christ Temples site, is likely to occur in mid-to-late 2020) may not be in error, in which case, it could be another year before that temple has a groundbreaking. Time will tell.

I have some additional Church news (and may have temple updates) to report as well, but will save that for the comments section of this post a little later today. In the meantime, that does it for now. 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.