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Thursday, September 26, 2019

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Feather River California Temple Location; Renderings Released

Hello again, everyone! The last few days have been remarkable ones for temple developments. Today was no different. Earlier this morning, the Newsroom reported the release of renderings and preliminary plans for the Feather River California Temple. The temple, which will be built in Yuba City California at 1470 Butte House Road, will be just over 38.000 square feet, and preliminary plans include a new meetinghouse and distribution center next to the temple, with an existing meetinghouse by the temple site being razed as part of this project.

This temple is another scenario like we saw yesterday, with the Church still working with city leaders on designs and specific concept plans, and constrcution to begin as soon as approval can be granted by city leaders and the various departments. So again we see that President Nelson is very serious about bringing the temples to the people, and is taking action to the fullest degree he can to move temples swiftly from being announced to under construction. The Feather River California Temple will be the fifth temple originally announced in October 2018 to have construction begin, whenever that occurs.

And if I may do so, I'd like to just comment on the Church's strategy here: It is obvious in places like Mexico or the United States where the value of temples to a community are clearly understood that some temples can and will be fast-tracked in those locations. Other temples in locations outside the United States may take slightly longer than that to get started, but from what I can ascertain, President Nelson's strategy will be three-fold. By that I mean he continues to be focused on announcing temples, many of which can be fast-tracked to have construction begin within the next 0.5-2 years, focusing on announcing several smaller ones for remote areas (many of which may also similarly be fast-tracked), and also on doing what he can to clear the queue of all temples announced before he became Church President, of which there are only 4 left (Harare Zimbabwe, Nairobi Kenya, Brasilia Brazil, and the temple for the Greater Manila area, for which an official name announcement is still pending.

With how methodical President Nelson has been over the last couple of months (by which I am referring to the many temple-related announcements he has made), it is clear that 2020 and the years beyond that will be filled with many temple events. And if several of the Nelsonian-era temples are similarly fast-tracked, we may be well past the days when more than 5-6 years pass before Nelson-era announced temples are able to have a groundbreaking occur. I would similarly anticipate that the next year and beyond will be filled with several temple groundbreakings, which in turn will multiply the number of temples dedicated each year, and that, as the queue is cleared between each April, October, and subsequent April, more room will be created for additional temples to be announced.

I will double-check this later today, but I believe this brings the total number of temples for which a groundbreaking can be safely anticipated to 12 or so. As always, I continue to monitor all Church news and temple updates and will be doing my level best to bring word of those to you all as I become aware of such developments. 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.