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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.

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