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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Miscellaneous Musings

Hello again, everyone, and Happy Leap Day 2020! It's not often that I have a chance to post new content on February 29, so I am grateful to be able to do so today. The last couple of days, I have benn running around physically, mentally, and in other respects, focusing on a wide variety of temporal and spiritual obligations. But I wanted to post again now to share some musings I have been having in the midst of all of it. First of all, let me say right out of the gate that what I share herein are no more and no less than my own thoughts, perspectives, and ideas based on the information I currently have available. And especially where matters relating to the Church are concerned, these thoughts that I offer are subject to either confirmation, denial, or correction through official channels. So the first thing that I wanted to share relates to temples. As some of you may know, the coronavirus outbreak, particularly as it is impacting the Asian continent, has had an impact on the operation of temples, and, I am sure, is also impacting the renovation efforts on the Tokyo Japan and Hong Kong China Temples. If the crews working on either or both temples have been advised to halt those efforts out of caution in relation to that virus, the duration of the delay in being able to resume that work may in turn impact the timing of the eventual completion of that work. Therefore, I am hazarding a guess that the rededication of the Tokyo temple may be deferred until early next year, though I don't know what that might mean for the timing of the anticipated rededication of the Mesa Arizona Temple.

Above and beyond that, however, with the Church having previously announced the opening dates and rededication for the Washington D.C. Temple, I had expresed surprise that there would be just over 6 weeks between the conclusion of the open house and the day of that temple's rededication. Yesterday, I came across an interesting article from someone currently living in the D.C. area, who posited the theory that the explanation for that lengthy gap (which could also explain the timing of the earlier-than-usual announcement of the information so far in advance of the relevant dates) could be the Church wanting to keep extra time open for tours, depending on the gauged interest in the open house process.

That in turn lead me to conclude that the Church may have initially put out a rededication date, but could subsequently determine to extend the rededication of that temple across multiple dates, in a reverse of the situation we saw for the Rome Italy Temple dedication last year, where 8 days of dedication were originally alloted, with the Brethren subsequently deciding to hold sessions over only 3 of the original 8. So I wouldn't be surprised if the rededication plans for this temple are also extended. On a separate note, I would also anticipate that the dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, with it being a smaller temple, might take place before the rededication of the Washington D.C. Temple, and when I post my latest revisions to my estimates for future temple events, all of that will be reflected therein.

Next, over the last week, as time and circumstances have allowed me to do so, I have taken time to watch the Face-to-Face event for youth on the new Children and Youth program, which featured President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, and his wife, Kristen. While all of the broadcast was good, one thing in particular stuck out to me, which was a statement made by President Oaks. He said that one of his personal goals he's working on is putting together 7-8 talks, which will be given in various settings over the next six months, including in the upcoming April General Conference.

That statement led me to change my thoughts about the April 2020 General Conference yet again. And I realized that perhaps what would make the upcoming conference so unique would not be an increased number of addresses given by members of the Presidency of the Seventy and Presiding Bishopric of the Church, but the First Presidency having more opportunities to speak during this General Conference than we typically see. So in my newly-revised predictions, they will include only one speaker from the Presiding Bishopric, 2 from the Presidency of the Seventy, and 5 general officers of the Church, which will allow the First Presidency members more of an opportunity to speak.

I am taking my time with the revisions to my predictions, especially in light of the thoughts that came to me as detailed in the previous paragraphs. The insights I gleaned may delay the publication of those predictions 2-3 days beyond what I originally anticipated (as I had been planning on reposting them either later today or tomorrow sometime), so you can probably expect those to now be published later this week (by no later than Thursday or Friday, but hopefully on Tuesday or Wednesday).

And I have a variety of other projects coming down the pike in the near future, some of which I have outlined, others of which will be added to the plan going forward as I determine a need for them. Above and beyond anything else, I know that we are entering an unprecedented period of time, and I can't wait to see what's next. I am hopeful that between now and the weekend of General Conference that groundbreaking arrangements may be announced for at least 2 other temples, but that too is up to the discretion of the Lord and the inspiration He gives to His prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.

To the best of my ability, I continue to monitor all Church news reports and temple developments, and will pass along all such updates ASAP after I become aware of them. 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Church Postpones April 2020 General Conference Leadership Meetings; Issues Guidelines for General Conference

Hello again, everyone! I posted a few different times in the last few days that I didn't know how or if General Conference would be impacted by the coronavirus. The Newsroom recently published guidelines and recommendations for the upcoming April 2020 General Conference. First and most notably, the leadership sessions for General Conference that have typically been held prior to each April's General Conference will now be postponed until the week before the October 2020 General Conference. Further, General Authority Seventies and Area Seventies serving outside the United States are being formally excused from attending General Conference, which means that I will have to take that into account with my revised predictions for this General Conference. And for Church members outside the United States, the First Presidency is encouraging them to not travel to Utah for General Conference weekend. The statement specifically notes: "This postponement applies only to pre-conference leadership meetings. Present plans call for the general sessions of the April 2020 conference to be held as previously announced."

The First Presidency ends the announcement with this statement: "We are grateful that all members who do not travel to Salt Lake City will be able to view the proceedings of April general conference through technology. With great compassion, we pray for all whose lives have been affected by this illness." So this would seem to settle the question of General Conference: those who are here in the United n and who have not been impacted by the virus will attend General Conference, while any General Authorities, Area Seventies, or other Church leaders and members who are serving outside the United States will be excused from doing so.

So that's the latest official information on General Conference, which of course preempts any information, analysis, or reasoning I may have previously offered. The work truly is moving forward at an accelerated pace, and I am grateful to see that process continuing to unfold.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.

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Open House and Dediation Dates Announced for the Washington D.C. Temple

Hello again, everyone! Just after 8:00 AM Utah time this morning, as anticipated, the open house and rededication dates were announced for the Washington D.C. Temple. I was blessed to have been able to read about these details not long after they were reported, but I was not able to post my analysis on this announcement until now. Right out of the gate, I will say that some elements of the announcement were unexpectted to me. First of all, by all reports, the open house was going to be on the more lengthy side, lasting at least a month or two, with the rededication anticipated over a few days or perhaps even as long as a week. So I had anticipated that being the case. What I didn't anticipate is that the open house would be held from September 24-October 31 (with the exception of September 27, October 3-4 (General Conference weekend), and October 11, 18, and 25, spanning roughly 4 weeks in total (when the days on which tours will not be available are not included in that count). Next, I wanted to note that it does make sense to me that, following the conclusion of the open house tours, the Church would need sufficient time to do a final clethaning process on that larger temple before its' rededication. So the fact that there will be more than a month between the end of the open house and its' rededication is not too surprising. But another surprise to me was the fact that the rededication itself would only involve 3 sessions on a single day, Sunday December 13. I had been sure that the rededication would span at least 3 days, and that at least 8 sessions would be held. The release also noted that a media tour day would be available on September 15, with VIP tours taking place September 16-23. Additional details will, according to the release, be shared closer to the time of this temple's open house and rededication.

I am assuming that those details will involve information about a youth devotional, among other developments. I don't know who might be sent to rededicate that temple, but I imagine that it could be President Nelson, or perhaps Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who has ties to DC, having been the law clerk to John J. Sirica, the judge who presided over the Watergate trials that eventually led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon. I will also be interested to see how the timing of this temple's open house and dedication might impact the timing of the dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple, and also the possible windows within which the Tokyo Japan and Mesa Arizona Temples might be rededicated. It appears that the window for the former is still anticipated to be late 2020, while the window for the latter two has shifted to late 2020-early 2021. I will have to reevaluate my estimates for known temple estimates yet again.

In the meantime, given yesterday's announcement of the rendering for the Brasilia Brazil Temple, I am hopeful more official information may be coming down the pike soon for the Nairobi Kenya and Harare Zimbabwe Temples. And given what I know currently, I believe more information may also be forthcoming on the San Pedro Sula Honduras, Coban Guatemala, Managua Nicaragua, and Orem Utah Temples, among others. On an ongoing basis, I am also monitoring all major Church news and other temple developments, and will do my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I become aware of such things. As time and circumstances allow, I am also working as quickly as I can on the revisions to my April 2020 General Conference predictions, and I hope to have something published in relation to those predictions by no later than Monday.

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.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Brasilia Brazil Temple Rendering Released

Hello again, everyone! Courtesy of a comment from Eric S., a long-time reader of this blog who also comments fairly regularly, I am pleased to note that the Church has released the rendering for the Brasilia Brazil Temple. The official announcement sharing this information notes that project leaders will begin working with government officials in that city in the coming months to obtain the necessary approvals. But I am confident enough in the information from the release in question to venture an estimate that the groundbreaking for this temple will take place during the mid-to-latter part of this year, and based on a cursory analysis of the rendering, I'd venture a guess that construction on this temple might take anywhere from 2.5-3.5 years to complete, which would enable it to be dedicated in 2023 or 2024. This leaves just two of the temples originally announced by President Monson which have not yet had any official information announced, and I have no doubt that will change in the future. I am cautiously optimistic that, aside from today's announcement, and the anticipated announcement tomorrow of the open house and rededication information for the Washington D.C. Temple, that there could be at least 3 other major temple-related announcements made between now and the weekend of the April 2020 General Conference.

And in reference to that conference, a couple other notes: First, discussion has recently occurred on the threads of posts on the Church Growth Blog about whether the coronavirus outbreak that is currently devastating the world will impact either or both the April 2020 General Conference plans and the Summer 2020 Olympic games that will be held in Tokyo Japan. Unless I am very much mistaken about the information that was provided on both subjects through the KSL newscasts this evening, both events are, as of right now, anticipated to be held as scheduled. Time could change either or both, but that's where things stand in that regard at this moment, based on information reported by KSL earlier today. I continue to work as I can on my adjustments to my April 2020 General Conference predictions, in addition to monitoring all Church news updates and temple developments and will be sure to pass word of those along to you all as I become aware of such things.

And since it was due to the aforementioned comment on a previous post that I found out the information about the Brasilia Brazil Temple rendering, if any of you know of anything I may have missed, please do let me and the rest of my readers know via your comments on posts such as this one. That does it for now. Any and all comment 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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Church Handbook Released; New Church Wi-fi Netowrk Specifics Announced

Hello again, everyone! As I mentioned in a comment earlier today, the Newsroom released new information about the one-volume new handbook for Church members, which included an official letter from the First Presidency that provided details about the changes, along with a list of FAQs. The Church News provided additional context and further resources. I took some time earlier today to review much of the new handbook, and it is well worthy of your time and attention. If that were the only development for which I was posting now to reiterate its' significance, that would be reason enough for a new post here, but in the hours since the new handbook was released, another Church nrws article announced that the Church will also be implementing a new wifi network. The previous network name "LDSAccess", will be retired in response to President Nelson's reemphasis on the correct name of the Church. Meetinghouse networks can now be accessed under the name "Liahona", which comes from the Book of Mormon tool given to Lehi's family that gave them direction from the Lord as they gave heed to it.

This change is appropriate in my mind because worship in Church meetinghouses should rightly be focused on the way in which such instruction guides us in our daily walks of life during the week. Although the "LDSAccess" network will be available for usage in meetinghouses through April 15 of this year, Church leaders and members are being encouraged to immediately begin using the "Liahona" wifi network instead. I am grateful that, whenever there has been any doubt about whether or not a change should be made to Churchwide names or resources, there has always been a preference towards making such changes. Eliminating the wifi network with "LDS" in the name appears to be a commonsense move. And I am grateful to see the many ways media outlets and other organizations have made themselves compliant with President Nelson's efforts to ensure the correct name of the Church is more commonly utilized.

I continue to monitor all Church news and temple updates and will do my level best to bring word of those to you all here as I become aware of such things. 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.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

UPDATED: Current Apostolic Statistics

Hello again, everyone! I wanted to take the chance now to provide the latest apostolic statistics. I have come to the conclusion that the best way to do so is to provide shareable links to those updates, so that anyone with those links can read them in their current forms. And that will also eliminate the need to publish two posts for this update. The updated data comprises two parts, the first and the second. The information largely speaks for itself. One other unrelated thought: given the time difference between Utah and Durban South Africa, it is now 7:25 PM Durban time on this February 16, 2020, so the last of the 3 dedicatory sessions for the temple in that city has almost certainly wrapped up, or will do so very soon. I will, of course, pass along subsequent reports on that event, along with any additional Church news or temple developments, as I become aware of such things. 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.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Artist's Rendering Released for the Alabang Philippines Temple

Hello again, everyone! Two big days of temple developments in a row have occurred. Just yesterday, the open house and dedication information were announced for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. Then this morning, the Church of Jesus Christ Temples site reported the release of the artist's rendering for the Alabang Philippines Temple. I could not find that confirmed anywhere in new content posted on the Church's official Headquarters Newsroom or the Philippines edition thereof. But a little more digging on my part led me to realize that an earlier release from the Philippines Newsroom had been updated to show the rendering for that temple in question.
The really confusing thing is that, while the rendering was included in that article at some point earlier today, there was nothing on that Philippines Newsroom release to indicate that the rendering had been added thereunto today. Above and beyond that, however, after my analysis of the Alabang Philippines Temple rendering, I believe some elements thereof are reminiscent of the temples in Port-au-Prince Haiti and Kinshasa DR Congo, but I will defer to the analysis of others on the degree to which that is the case.

In the meantime, I have recently offered updates on my more specific estimates for known temple events in the near future, and I don't see this new information altering the estimate I have most-recently offered for the Alabang Philippines Temple. I continue to monitor all Church news and temple updates and will do my level best to pass word of those along to you all as I receive them. 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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

BREAKING TEMPLE NEWS: Open House and Dedication Dates Announced for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple

Hello again, everyone! Roughly two hours ago, the First Presidency announced the open house and dedication arrangements for the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple. The timing on both is far earlier than I had suggested in it would be, which I am not at all surprised by. Open house tours will run from Friday April 17 through Saturday May 2, excluding the relevant Sundays of April 19 and 26. The youth devotional will follow the open house after a two-week final preparation period. All youth in the temple district are invited to attend. The temple will be dedicated on Saturday May 17 in three sessions at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM Rio de Janeiro time, which is 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM Utah time. The biggest question mark is who might preside at this temple's dedication. Given the fact that Elder Ulisses Soares actually served as a full-time missionary in Rio de Janeiro, dedicating that temple would be even more personal for him than the opportunity he had to dedicate the Fortaleza Brazil Temple on June 2 of last year. It is also possible that any senior apostle could be sent to do so, with Elder Soares accompanying that more senior apostle, or that any of the apostles who have not yet presided at a temple dedication (which may be down to Elders Stevenson and Gong by that time) could do so.

But given President Nelson's statement that he was more pleased by the fact that Elder Soares had the chance to dedicate the Fortaleza Brazil Temple than he would have been if he had that opportunity himself, my gut feeling is that Elder Soares will be the go-to apostle for any major Church matters arising throughout Latin America, or at least Central America and Brazil. Above and beyond that, however, the fact that this temple will be dedicated far earlier than I anticipated means that could be the case for other temple events this year, particularly the open house and rededication of the Washington D.C. Teeredmple, which I may consequently move up.

And the official announcement also suggests that, if the Rio temple dedication and Tokyo temple rededication are both held earlier than I anticipated and projected, the odds are very good that that will also possibly be the case for the Tokyo Japan and Mesa Arizona Temple rededications, and the dedication of the Winnipeg Manitoba Temple. I will be reevaluating that later today, and have any updates posted within the next couple of days. I do continue to monitor all Church news and temple updates, and will be sure to pass along 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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

UPDATED: Specific Estimates for Known Temple Events in the Near Future

Hello again, everyone! Although I am still planning on publishing the latest apostolic statistics on this blog this upcoming Sunday (in addition to providing coverage throughout this weekend on the Durban South Africa Temple dedication), based on my latest updates to my temple construction progress report, I have also taken time to update my specific estimates for know temple events in the near future. A first-time preliminary note I have added to that indicates that the estimates are based on what is currently known about the progress (or lack thereof) on certain temples, and that future projections are subject to change based on what changes going forward. As the preliminary note also explains, the timing of all such events is subject to confirmation in every detail through official announcements directed by the prophet, as the only one authorized to ascertain the Lord's will on that subject. That said, although this year will see half as many temples both dedicated and rededicated (3 and 3 versus the 6 and 7 respective dedications and rededications of temples last year), from 2021-2024, the number of temple dedications that are known will more than make up for the fact that 2020 will be a relatively slower year in that respect. I previously mentioned my hope that, before the end of this month, arrangements for the open house and dedication of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple will be officially announced, along with the arrangements for the groundbreaking of the Auckland New Zealand Temple (the latter of which I currently believe will occur prior to the weekend of the April 2020 General Conference).

For myself, I will be sure to monitor my available resources for all temple developments and will do my level best to ensure that I bring such updates to you all as I become aware of them, and that also applies to all Church news 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.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Elder Ronald A. Rasband Marks His 69th Birthday Today

Hello again, everyone! On this morning of February 6, 2020, I am pleased to bring you all here a post in tribute to Elder Ronald A. Rasband, who is marking his 69th birthday today. Here is some biographical information about him: Ronald Anderson Rasband was born on this day in 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Rulon Hawkins Rasband and Verda Anderson. He served as a full-time missionary in the Eastern States Mission, which was headquartered in New York City and encompassed the whole New York Metro area, while also stretching into western New York and Pennsylvania. He married Melanie Twitchell in 1973, and together they raised five children. He studied at the University of Utah, and would later receive an honorary doctorate degree in business and commerce from Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) in 1995. He began his professional career in the Huntsman Container Company as a Sales Representative in 1976. Still in that employment 11 years later (in 1987), he was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer of Huntsman Chemical Corporation, where he closely worked with Jon Huntsman Sr. and later served on the board of directors for that company. He has served extensively in the Church throghout his life, having previously been a bishop, an institute instructor (during which time my wife was in one of the classes he taught), Temple Square missionary guide, member of the Church’s Pioneer Sesquicentennial Committee (which was observed in 1997), and, from 1996-1999, presided over the New York New York North Mission. On April 1, 2000, he was sustained as a general authority and member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, where he would serve in the Europe North & Europe Central Areas from 2000-2003. From August 2003-August 2004 (at which time oversight for all North American areas was transferred to the Presidency of the Seventy), he served as president of the Utah Salt Lake City He then served from 2004-2005 as Executive Director of the Temple Department. He and his future fellow apostle, Elder Neil L. Andersen, were called to serve in the Presidency of the Seventy in August 2005, at which time Elder Rasband was assigned oversight of the North America Northwest and North America West Areas for two years, then was reassigned to preside over the Utah North, Utah Salt Lake City, and Utah South Areas. By August of 2008, he had become the second most-senior member of the Presidency of the Seventy. The following April, as a result of Elder Neil L. Andersen's call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Rasband succeeded him as the Senior President of the Seventy, and, as such, was given oversight for all areas in the United States and Canada.

He was still serving in that capacity when, in October 2015, he was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. With Elders Gary E. Stevenson and Dale G. Renlund called at the same time (something that had not happened since 1906), the number of those who had served as members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reached a total of 100. He is currently the eighth in seniority among the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, making him the eleventh in overall apostolic seniority). By age, he ranks as the sixth-oldest among the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. and is resultantly the ninth-oldest of all 15 current apostles. As long-time readers of this blog can confirm, prior to the filling of the 3 apostolic vacancies in October 2015, and again when two others were filled in April 2018, I offered some thoughts about who might be called to fill those vacancies. But I also advocated for the practice of praying in advance for a personal witness that whoever was called had indeed been chosen by the Lord. And in every single one of those 5 most-recent calls to the apostleship, no sooner had their names been presented than I felt the Lord's spirit confirming to me that their calls came from Him. As a result of those witnesses, anytime a new apostle is called, I know the Lord's hand is deeply involved with that process.

Because Elder Rasband has spent nearly 2 full decades as a General Authority, (including a decade of service in the Presidency of the Seventy, and 4.5 years in the apostleship), he has given 15 addresses thus far in General Conference: 1 as a General Authority Seventy, 5 others during his tenure in the Presidency of the Seventy, and the remaining 9 since his call to the apostleship almost 4.5 years ago.  I am grateful for this opportunity I have had, in my own small way, to pay tribute to and reflect on the life and ministry of Elder Rasband today as he is celebrating his 69th birthday. I do continue to monitor all apostolic updates, general Church news, and any temple-related developments and will keep bringing word of those to you all here as I become aware of such reports.

In the meantime, looking ahead on my planned schedule for upcoming projects on this blog, aside from anything unexepeced, and ongoing reports of the usual kind, although the next apostolic birthday will not be observed until May 31 (at which time President Henry B. Eyring will be 87), I am preparing to post my first 2020 apostolic milestone update on this blog, which I plan to do on Sunday February 16 (that update coming on the same day the Durban South Africa Temple will be dedicated). 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.