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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Tooele Valley Utah Temple to Be Built in Erda

Hello again, everyone! Less than 24 hours after providing a report on the groundbreaking arrangements for the Puebla Mexico Temple, there has been more breaking temple news. Earlier today, the First Presidency announced the location for the Tooele Valley Utah Temple. It will be built in the city of Erda, northwest of the intersection of Erda Way and Highway 36 in that city. The 3-story 70,000 square foot edifice will see an adjacent meetinghouse built with it, which will be about 20,000 square feet. It has also been noted that the detailed designs for the temple are still in development, and that project leaders are working with city officals on those preliminary plans, with the necessary documents to be filed in the coming months in order to enable construction to begin soon.

So I have a few thoughts on this announcement. First, with this temple just barely having been announced 5 months ago during the April General Conference, the city government must have fast-tracked approval for the details for the temple, even if the specific designs are yet-to-be approved. Second, today's announcement is in line with the statement made by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, who had been serving as the Executive Director of the Temple Department at the time that he noted earlier this year that the Church was hoping to begin and complete construction on the Tooele Valley Utah Temple before the Salt Lake Temple reopens from its' renovation process in 2024.

Third, depending on how fast the Church can gain approval on the specific plans, this temple could very well be another that has a groundbreaking within less than a year of its' announcement (so we can probably look for that to happen in early-to-mid 2020, if all goes well). Fourth, it is significant that, at a time when information about the newest Utah temples has been released in basically the same chronological order in which they were announced, we have word on this Tooele Valley Utah Temple before anything has happened in that respect for the temple which will be built in Washington County Utah, which was announced last October.

And finally, this means that, less than 16 hours after I posted updated thoughts about the timing within which future temple groundbreakings could be anticipated to occur, there will need to be some degree of revisiting those thoughts yet again. In light of that, I will at some point have to post revised thoughts yet again in that respect. Rather than devoting a new blog post to those changes right after I make them, I will defer detailing those newest updates until I share my third-quarter 2019 comparative and contrastive look at temple construction progress which will have been made between July 1 and September 30. The specific timing of that set of posts will be determined closer to the time.

In the interim, I do continue to monitor any and all Church news and temple developments and will do my level best to bring word of those to you all here as I become aware of such updates. 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.