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Friday, October 4, 2019

LATE: Happy 61st Birthday to Elder Ulisses Soares

Hello again, everyone! In the hustle and bustle surrounding the announcement about witnesses, and in the run-up to General Conference, I somehow spaced the fact that Elder Ulisses Soares celebrated his 61st birthday on October 2 (2 days ago). Consequently, this post consists of a belated tribute to him in honor of that milestone. Elder Soares has a most unique life story and background, and I am grateful to share some thoughts about him with you all now. Ulisses Soares was born to Apparecido Soares and Mercedes Carecho Soares in Sao Paulo Brazil on October 2, 1958.

He has European and Amerindian ancestry. When an aunt joined the Church, that was how the Soares' family first learned of the gospel. His parents, after being taught by the missionaries, were baptized when he was five years old. Elder Soares would later reflect on how his small branch would meet in a tiny rental place that was located above a bakery. He served a full-time mission in Rio de Janeiro, Upon his return, he connected with Rosana Fernandes Morgado, who had served in the same mission at around the same time, but whom he had not met until after they both had returned. The two were married in the Sao Paulo Temple, and together they raised three children.

His academic experience involved studying at the  Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, from which, in 1985, he would receive a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting. He then continued his studies at the National Institute of Postgraduate Study, where he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He spent his professional career working for several multi-national companies (one of which was Pirelli Tire Company) as an accountant and an auditor. Donald L. Clark, who at that time was serving as director of temporal affairs for the Church in Brazil, convinced him to take a job with the Church as a senior auditor.

When Brother Clark was asked to serve as a mission president, Brother Soares took over for him as director of temporal affairs. He went on to fill a special assignment for the Church's Presiding Bishopric. Within the Church, Elder Soares has served as an elder's quorum president, counselor in a bishopric, stake high councilman, and as a regional welfare agent. When the São Paulo Brazil Cotia Stake was created in 1995, Elder Soares was called as the first president thereof. 5 years later, he served a three-year term as president of the Porto Portugal Mission. Less than two years after his return (during the April 2005 General Conference), he was called as a General Authority Seventy.

As a General Authority Seventy, he served as First Counselor in the Brazil South Area.from 2005-2007, as First Counselor in the Brazil Area from 2007-2009, and as President of that area from 2009-2011. He served from August 2011-January 2013 as First Counselor in the Africa Southeast Area Presidency, at which point he was called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy, with responsibility for the North America Southeast Area  Then, in November 2015, Elder Soares was reassigned to oversee the Idaho and North America Central Areas of the Church. He still had oversight of both of those areas in 2018.

On March 31, 2018, Elder Soares was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and he was ordained an apostle on Thursday April 5, 2018. He thus became both the first Latter-day Saint apostle from Brazil and the first one from Latin America. Elder Soares has had many opportunities to grow into his new assignment. Elder Soares has had 8 opportunities to speak in General Conference so far, with 2 addresses given as a General Authority Seventy, 3 while in the Presidency of the Seventy, and  following his call to the apostleship. In order to review any of these wonderful addresses, you can find them here.

I gratefully and wholeheartedly sustain him and all the other prophets, seers, and revelators in their roles and responsibilities as special witnesses of Christ. 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.

October 2019 General Conference Final Predictions: Part Two—Prospective Temple Locations

Hello again, everyone! I am back with the second part of the final version of my October 2019 General Conference predictions. This part will share the final version of my list of prospective locations in which a temple could be announced this weekend. That list follows below. So as not to disturb its' flow, I will end here as I always do:


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.


Temple predictions: 14-16 new temples announced for any of the following locations6:

Africa Southeast7: Antananarivo Madagascar; Second DR Congo Temple (in Mbuji-Mayi or
Lubumbashi); Maputo Mozambique; Kampala Uganda; Cape Town South Africa
Africa West8: Bo/Freetown Sierra Leone; Kumasi Ghana; Monrovia Liberia; Benin City Nigeria;
Yamoussoukro Ivory Coast
Asia9: Jakarta Indonesia; Singapore; Taichung Taiwan; Hanoi Vietnam
Asia North10: Ulaanbaatar Mongolia; Osaka Japan
Brazil11: Belo Horizonte, Florianopolis, João Pessoa, or Ribeirão Preto Brazil
Caribbean: Kingston Jamaica12
Central America13: Coban Guatemala
Europe14: Edinburgh Scotland; Berlin Germany; Barcelona Spain; Oslo Norway; Vienna Austria
Europe East15: Vilnius Lithuania
Mexico16: Torreon or Queretaro Mexico
Middle East/Africa North17: Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Pacific18: Port Moresby Papua New Guinea; Tarawa Kiribati; Savaii Samoa; Christchurch New Zealand
Philippines19: Tacloban or Bacolod Philippines
South America Northwest20: Santa Cruz Bolivia; Iquitos Peru; Cali Colombia; Maracaibo Venezuela
South America South21: Bahia Blanca Argentina; Vina del Mar Chile; Ciudad del Este Paraguay
                                                                    
North America (including the United States and Canada)22:
North America Central23: Missoula Montana; Green Bay Wisconsin; Wichita Kansas; Des Moines Iowa; Pueblo Colorado; Rapid City South Dakota
North America Northeast24: Cleveland Ohio; East Brunswick New Jersey; Montpelier Vermont;
Augusta Maine
North America Southeast25: Jackson Mississippi; Knoxville Tennessee; Savannah Georgia;
Jacksonville Florida; Charlotte North Carolina Shreveport Louisiana
North America Southwest26: Bentonville Arkansas; Fort Worth Texas; Las Cruces New Mexico;
Queen Creek Arizona; Elko Nevada
North America West27: Victoria British Columbia; Fairbanks Alaska; Bakersfield California
Utah28: Herriman Utah; Evanston Wyoming or Preston Idaho; Heber City Utah; Washington County Utah (Third Temple)


October 2019 General Conference Final Predictions: Part One—Speaking Order and Changes in General Church Leadership

Hello again, everyone! With the commenting period for my October 2019 General Conference predictions now having come to a close, I wanted to provide a look at the final version of those predictions. I will do so in two parts. This part will share the predictions I have made for the speaker order and the changes I am anticipating will be made in general Church leadership. That will be followed in a few minutes by a second post highlighting the final version of my list of prospective locations in which a temple could be announced. Those predictions speak for themselves and follow below.


In order to not disturb the flow of that information, I will end here as I always do: 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.


October 2019 General Conference Predictions (Text in brackets denote differences)1
Sess.
Conducting
Speaker
SAM
President Henry B. Eyring
President Russell M. Nelson


Elder Jeffrey R. Holland


Douglas D. Holmes


Elder Gerrit W. Gong


Elder Ruben V. Alliaud


Elder Scott D. Whiting


Elder Dale G. Renlund


President Dallin H. Oaks
SAA
President Dallin H. Oaks
President Henry B. Eyring (Sustaining of Church Officers)


Elder Quentin L. Cook


Elder Terence M. Vinson


Elder Ronald A. Rasband


Elder Jorge M. Alvarado


Elder Walter F. Gonzalez

Elder David A. Bednar
GW
Joy D. Jones
Jean B. Bingham


Lisa L. Harkness


Bonnie H. Cordon


President Henry B. Eyring


President Dallin H. Oaks


President Russell M. Nelson
SUM
President Henry B. Eyring
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf


Cristina B. Franco


Elder Ulisses Soares


Elder Gary E. Stevenson


Bishop Gerald Causse


President Russell M. Nelson
SUA
President Dallin H. Oaks
President Henry B. Eyring


Mark L. Pace


President M. Russell Ballard 


Elder D. Todd Christofferson


Elder David S. Baxter


Elder Hans T. Boom


Elder Neil L. Andersen


President Russell M. Nelson






Predictions for Changes in Church Leadership
General Authority Seventies: Elders Wilford W. Andersen, Kim B. Clark, Lawrence E. Corbridge,
Claudio R. M. Costa, Bradley D. Foster, O. Vincent Haleck, Donald L. Hallstrom, Steven E. Snow,
and Larry Y. Wilson released and granted emeritus status2; Elder Steven E. Snow released and Elder
LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. sustained as Church Historian and Recorder; Elder Kim B. Clark released and
Elder Paul V. Johnson sustained as Commissioner of Church Education3
Area Seventies: The following area seventies may be released for the following reasons:
Called as mission presidents: Aley K. Auna, Walter Chatora, J. Kevin Ence, Jose L. Isaguierre, 
Bryan R. Larsen, George Kenneth Lee, W. Jean-Pierre Lono, Khumbulani Mdletshe, Hoi Seng
Leonard Woo
Called as temple president: Milan F. Kunz; Yutaka Onda; ’Aisake K. Tukuafu; Juan A. Urra
Longest-tenured4: Ruben Acosta, Frederick O. Akinbo, Omar A. Alvarez, Grant C. Bennett,
Wilson B. Calderon, Hernando Camargo, M.T. Ben Davis, Robert J. Dudfield, E. Xavier Espinoza,
Meliula M. Fata, Sam M. Galvez, Claude R. Gamiette, John A. Koranteng, Jose E. Maravilla,
Joaquim J. Moreira, Adeyinka J. Ojediran, Gennady A. Podvodov, Abraham E. Quero, Francisco J.
Ruiz de Mendoza, Gordon H. Smith, Raul S. Villanueva, and Kevin J. Worthen5