Friday, March 20, 2015

New Temple Prediction Map - March 2015 Edition

With General Conference only a couple weeks away, I have updated my temple prediction map. This most recent iteration of the map includes two additional sites for temples that may be likely to be announced within the near future, namely Lagos, Nigeria and Lubumbashi, DR Congo. A couple of the potential locations for new temples have also been adjusted (i.e. Cagayan de Oro, Philippines changed to Davao, Philippines). There have been some noteworthy LDS growth developments within the past six months that may contribute to a decision by the Church to announce temples in the 48 potential locations identified in this map (i.e. the maturation of many districts into stakes, accelerated congregational growth in many areas of the world). Also, I have included temples that are announced, under construction, or in operation in this most recent version of the temple prediction map.

And lastly, here's my top 10 picks for new temples that may be announced in April 2015:
  • Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 
  • Bangkok, Thailand OR Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Davao, Philippines
  • Guam OR Tarawa, Kiribati
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Layton, Utah
  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Puebla, Mexico
  • Rogers, Arkansas


Ryan Searcy said...

I would say these are great predictions. My list is incomplete (I still need to finish South America), but my list comprises of almost 200 temples. These locations only include stakes and districts within 200 miles, and closer to that city than any current, announced, or other potential cities.

Top 10 based on district size
1. Layton, UT (40,0)
2. Cagayan de Oro Philippines (12,17)
3. Lehi Utah (24,0)
4. Pocatello Idaho (22,0)
5. San Fernando California (22,0)
6. Benin City, Nigeria (11,6)
7. Tacoma Washington (16,0)
8. Naga Philippines (5,9)
9. Managua Nicaragua (9,5)
10. Puebla Mexico (13,1)

Top 5 based on distance
1. Abu Dhabi UAE (1,0) 3012 miles from Frankfurt
2. Tofol Micronesia (0,1) 2922 miles from Manila
3. Manama Bahrain (1,0) 2764 miles from Frankfurt
4. Palikir Micronesia (1,0) 2572 miles from Manila
5. Addis Ababa (0,1) 2524 miles from Johannesburg

Ryan Searcy said...

Interestingly enough, Tofol, Micronesia is home of the Kosrae Micronesia District, which is talked about in the previous post

Joseph said...

I wonder How many languages will be preserved because they have had the scriptures translated into them.

Temples in Africa are mostly waiting on maturation of the construction industry, which is being helped by the construction training program.

Mar 8th 2015
Deer Park Ward (Samoan), Melbourne Australia Deer Park Stake (1 B, 7 W)
Kandeh Town Branch, Bo Sierra Leone West District (6 B)
Mountain View 4th Ward, Lyman Wyoming Stake ( 10 W)

15 Mar 2015
Ashaley Botwe Ward, Accra Ghana Adenta Stake ( 3 B, 10 W)
Atenas Veracruzana Ward, Xalapa México Macuiltepetl Stake (7 W)
Leopoldina Brazil District (5 B)

YTD 134
Africa 43
Asia 1
Europe 3
North America 47
Pacific 7
South and Central America 7
Utah & Idaho 27

alien236 said...

Under the Nairobi Kenya prediction, you forgot the new Kilungu Hills Kenya District.

Anonymous said...

I see the Tallahassee Florida State listed for both the predicted Florida temples, but with different creation dates. What does this mean?

Eduardo Clinch said...

India would be fantastic. What a holy land.

James Anderson said...

The upcoming Payson Temple opening, and a previously-planned closure for six weeks of the Mt. Timp Temple, along with BYU graduation/summer term, has created a perfect storm of events previously never seen and frankly, unprecedented in the Church.

This coming Saturday, March 28th, is the last day for all the workers who live in the new temple district. The boundary between presently Provo and Payson is any stake boundary near the city line of Mapleton and Springville, or Spanish Fork and Springville. Every worker who lives south of that will be transferred to the new temple, but will not be able to do work in Provo during the gap between Saturday and when the new temple opens. That turns out to be a good number of workers.

Two weeks later the students begin to leave, whether it be for the summer or because they graduated. That will be done within a week or so of graduation at BYU.

UVU is presently covered by Provo also, so expect a few there.

The third thing is Mount Timp is going to close soon after for a six-week mid-year closure, that will fill Provo with those who would have otherwise attended Mount Timp.

Only after all this is over will they have the new boundaries in place for what stakes go to Provo and Mount Timp respectively. It is also possible they may, after seeing what has and will happen here, configure things so all that has to happen when Provo City Center opens is to simply split that off of Provo.

According to the temple presidency: 'Expect lines' when you go to Provo to do any temple work for the next two months especially during that six-week period associated with the Mount Timp closure. There may be at times shortages of workers as well, they're calling on the remaining workers to volunteer to pull an extra shift where they can to fill in the gaps.

John Pack Lambert said...

I noticed that the Durban South Africa Temple (announced a few years back by President Monson) does not appear on the map.

Eduardo Clinch said...

The lack of workers is an issue, yes, but the fact that there are temples up the freeway in Jordan and Draper should make life okay. When I lived in Provo in the 90s we would sometimes go to Manti or Bountiful just for the variety. A couple nice dates, anyway.

When I left in '97 I had attended all the Utah temples. Now I have like 4 or five to go to...Going on 8. I saw the Monticello in 2002 or so but did not enter. Same now recently with the Brigham City...

John Pack Lambert said...

Isn't there a stake in Guam that should be listed with the Kiribiti/Guam temple?

On another note, I was wondering what the chances are that a temple will be built in Pusan.

James Anderson said...

Got the first unit creation this week to show, and I was at the meeting, here's what happened.

Provo North Park Stake (7 wards)
North Park 1st
North Park 2nd
North Park 3rd
North Park 4th
Provo 3rd
Provo 4th
Pioneer Village (new ward)

They will sustain the bishopric of the new unit next Sunday, so the new unit may not show up in CDOL for another week or two.

While it may vary from place to place on some timing and details, the stake president explained how the change went down.

A few months ago, the North Park 1st bishop approached the stake president indicating he had some 550 members and also knew that the Provo 3rd Ward has about the same number of members.

Both wards, as the stake presidency found out, were having some good success ministering, so there was some 'real growth' happening in both.

The stake president then contacted his area seventy contact (the one who is associated with the coordinating council that he's in) and discussed it. Then the paperwork was submitted to the boundary and leadership committee at Church headquarters.

One of the members of that committee, presumably made up of all general authorities, had additional questions, and after some additional work, the seventy then submitted the matter to the First Presidency, who approved the boundary changes and authorized the meeting be held, according to policy, a meeting must be held in any case of a realignment.

This resulted in reshuffling wards in the stake as far as buildings they would meet at.

Next Sunday two of the wards will get new bishoprics. Pioneer Village will of course get its first bishopric, and North Park 1st will get at least one new counselor. Provo 3rd will not need to have any new bishopric members sustained.

Provo 3rd is now one of the smallest wards geographically anywhere in the Church, only four square blocks in Provo, Provo blocks are 10 blocks per mile in any direction. It's basically 2 x 2 blocks, from 2nd to 4th North and from 5th West to 3rd West.

Pioneer Village comes from the fact that a local landmark, the Pioneer Village, in Provo's North Park, is within the new ward's boundaries, it's open most weekdays and Saturdays if you are ever in town Has some local and Church history items in it.

James said...

Matt, as always, I found these predictions and the discussion about them to be most interesting. I am posting today because I have made my predictions about who will speak and when during next general conference, along with my predictions for changes in general Church leadership for next general conference. Those predictions can be found at: Included for the first time this year are predictions about speaking order for the general women's session and another prediction you might find interesting, a prediction about what Church membership ended up being at the end of last year (the number that will be reported during the statistical report). My system for making this prediction is unique to me, and it usually is generally way off (after the correct number is announced, it replaces my prediction). Just another fun General Conference prediction from James Stokes. I wanted to ask, Matt, would it be all right if I posted a link to your temple predictions on my blog? You've given me the okay the last several times, I just want to make sure you're still all right with it. If so, you can expect traffic to increase in regards to this post. What say you, Matt? Thanks.

Alex Compton said...

Just saw that the Church recently updated their infographic on temple construction, which can be found here:

On a separate note, I think there will be temples announced this conference based on the recently dedicated and the several upcoming dedications. It wouldn't surprise me if none were announced, but if some are I have a feeling of 3 being announced.

For personal reasons, I would love to see an announcement in SE Asia to better serve my old mission. But I feel this is still 2-3 years off due to a combination of the newness of several of the stakes and/or the relative lack of a concentrated church presence. If one goes there, I'd think Bangkok or Singapore.

My actual thought for current conference would go...
1. Rogers, Arkansas (to serve one of the very few areas in the US more than 200 miles from a temple)
2. Abidjan (even though many stakes are new, they are more concentrated than SE Asia)
3. Somewhere in Utah. If pressed, I'd go with Layton.

Samuel Bradshaw said...

Pensacola Florida Temple! :)

James Anderson said...

I would look at Jacksonville or Tallahassee before Pensacola, as that is only about 40 miles from the Alabama line, so it would need to be further east.

I-10 is about 330 miles through Florida, so the Jacksonville one is more likely the one, as Jacksonville is the largest of the three cities by population, there are only the two stakes along US-98 in the Pensacola/Fort Walton Beach area but more stakes and a more concentrated membership base in Jacksonville.

Iris and Craig said...

Having a temple one day in Pensacola would be awesome! Lived there last summer and going back for the summer in two and a half weeks :D

phxmars said...

I concur, N. Davis County, Abadjan, NW Ark and Singapore with another in the Phillipines.

Mike Johnson said...

Richmond or Williamsburg Virginia

John Pack Lambert said...

I have to say I don't see there being a temple in Singapore until there is at least a few more stakes truly nearby. Singapore only has one stake, and there are no stakes in Malaysia. Even getting a stake in East Malaysia would not help too much. A few stakes in west Malaysia and additional ones in Singapore would be what I would expect before a temple there. Singapore has 5.4 million people to Hong Kong's 7.2 million.

Hong Kong has I believe about 6 stakes, so it having a temple is expected. Interestingly enough 11% of Hong Kong's population is Christian as opposed to 18% of Singapore's population. From 1980-2010 Singapore went from 10% Christian to 18% Christian. Over the same period Taoists and practitioners of other traditional Chinese religions fell from 30% of the population to 11%. The Buddhist percentage rose from 27% to 33%, but had been 42% in 2000.

I believe there are indications the Church is experiencing growth in Singapore, so hopefully there will be a new stake there soon, and hopefully Kuala Lampur and other places in Malaysia get stakes soon as well.

Ryan Searcy said...

If I can recall, a temple in Salvador, Brazil would rake in the largest number of stakes and districts to be within 200 miles of that city

L. Chris Jones said...

Do we have a study on why we have a backlog of temples? Most temples take a few years to break ground, but several of the currently announced temples are taking longer than average from announcement to groundbreaking. Also what is the stall for Fortaleza Brazil?

L. Chris Jones said...

Do we have a study on why we have a backlog of temples? Most temples take a few years to break ground, but several of the currently announced temples are taking longer than average from announcement to groundbreaking. Also what is the stall for Fortaleza Brazil?

Alex Compton said...

I agree that there needs to be more stake growth in Singapore and Malaysia to see a temple there. I'd expect that when there are two or three Malaysian stakes and two Singaporean stakes, we would see a temple announcement shortly thereafter. I know people in Malaysia are hopeful that two stakes will be created this year by the fall. Not sure on details besides a hope. Didn't know about recent growth in Singapore. If there is, then that is fantastic, welcome news. Also, that is an interesting tidbit, John, about the growth of Christianity in Singapore.

James Anderson said...

Fortaleza had to be redesigned completely to comply with codes on towers.

Heard something that they had a general contractor, but I also know there have been some unrelated political issues in Brazil that may or may not have had collateral impacts on the industries needed to build anything, whether it be a temple or not. Those political issues started, apparently, with a strike over rising bus fares in Sao Paulo and the resultant spread through other cities over similar and even unrelated issues, one other issue is a scandal over Petrobras executives and matter related , those are the gas stations with the large 'BR' sign seen along most any major road or highway there. There have even been calls for the national president's resignation over that, it's almost like it's their 'watergate' but not quite for the same reasons that was.

Christopher said...

Interesting about Fortaleza. I am also interested in knowing more on the holdup for some of the lagging temples. Anyone have more information? For example, does anyone know what the holdup is for the Winnipeg temple in Canada? Is it membership (there is only one stake there--but why would they announce it in the first place if it is just membership?) or is there something else, political or otherwise? I wonder if sometimes the Church changes its mind. Is it possible to "un-announce" a temple?

L. Chris Jones said...

A temple was announced for Pago Pago American Samoa. But was later changed to Apia to be closer to more Local members. Pago Pago was to serve many island countries due to better airport access but after other countries such as Tihiti and Tonga got announced the temple moved to Apia. Also for now temples announced for Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Independence, and Far West are at least for now suspended announcements.

L. Chris Jones said...

Hartford CT announced in 1992. But was Unannounced after three years and replaced with a temple in Boston and New York. But about 18 years after the first announcement it was reannounced in 2010. The new York temple has its own history but mostly just moved cities within the state.

TempleRick said...

I understand that the local government in Winnipeg was against the originally proposed location for the temple. The Church has since acquired property at another location near the junction of two major roads, which have been enlarged and realigned over the past few months.

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Grant Emery said...

On an unrelated note, but still pertinent to Church growth, it looks like the Church is piloting a program where you can pay tithing online. They're starting with at least one stake and will then roll out to the US. Very excited about this!

TempleRick said...

Hallelujah! Thanks for sharing, Grant.

Mike Johnson said...

First mission call from Bosnia:

Grant, that is why the Church is asking us to indicate our member record number every time we pay tithing. This allows us to pay tithing anywhere and have it accredited to our account. The next step is that of online tithing payments. This should make it simpler for people who move in the year--we won't have to go back to the previous ward clerk for the statement.

Aaron and Kamyra said...

We have been paying tithing online for about 8-9 year or so in Australia. we call it B'Pay. The area office or service centre gives you your card with numbers on it and you can pay tithing, fast offering, ward missionary and humanitarian fund through your internet banking. I just thought that this was world wide. About 80% of members do it in Australia but it has taken time to get to 80%. The interesting thing is where members who are not active, have not been to church for years still pay there tithing online even though they are never at church, it happens.

Rick said...

Not sure what the pilot program is, but my bishop several years ago said that we had ward members paying tithing online. That was in Arizona.

Eduardo Clinch said...

The temple of Ecuador took about 20 years to develop and finish after announcing; I heard the tithing needed to improve among other factors.

The temple in Concepcion, Chile, is moving kind of slowly. Cordoba, Argentina took a while...

Patience. Remember Salt Lake City? Or the Jews in the Sinai? (I mean tribes of Israel, not just Judah...).

John Pack Lambert said...

At least initially after announcing the Manhattan Temple the Church seemed to still have the goal of building one in Harrison, New York. It almost is like the temple in Hartford replaces that plan.

On the issue of paying tithing online I first heard it mentioned by a bishop back in November 2011. He mentioned it as an example of a situation of why you would need to do tithing settlement for him to know your tithing status. I guess otherwise he might class you as a non-tithing payer when you were a partial or full tithing payer. I am not sure how he could determine which of the latter you were by just having your tithing payments.

Besides Guayaquil, Ecuador, the Bogota, Colombia Temple took a long time. I had the impression, although I am not sure I ever had a source on this, that the biggest problem was the Church would not pay bribes to speed up the process. Another example is Kiev, Ukraine, announced in 1998 and not completed until 2008. Since 1998 saw temples like Detroit announced that were completed in 1999 that seemed especially long. Bogota was announced in 1984 and completed in 1999. I believe Cordoba and Rome are currently the longest standing uncompleted temples. They were both announced in 2008, so that is 7 years, less than half the Bogota time. Since Cordoba has a dedication date, that will leave Rome with the longest time frame of current temples.

The temples built under President Monson have taken longer to build from start of construction than those built in the 1998-2001 time frame. They have tended to be at least 50% larger if not more so. A few like Rome and Philadelphia have been part of larger projects. There has also been a decision to include more art work made specifically for the temple, often connecting more with the area the temple is in. The temples seem more built as things to last, than as things to meet the immediate demands of a pressing need for temples. Not that a temple like Detroit is not built to high standards, but there is nothing about it that is unique at all.

Concepcion is far behind Rome even though announced only a year later. One issue with that temple is that it is being built on a multi-lot site, and so the properties had to be combined. Still, the entry on it only has information as recently as late 2013, over a year ago.

John Pack Lambert said...

Of course in some ways the most delayed temple at present may be the Durban South Africa Temple, that was announced 3 and a half years ago and still does not even have an announced site.

Actually the Urdeneta Phillipines Temple beat that, since it was announced in 2010 and still lacks a designated site.

Rick said...

John, The Kyiv Ukraine temple was not completed until 2010. I think they began construction in 2007, nine years after the announcement.

TempleRick said...

I'm hearing that the seating capacity in the endowment rooms of the Idaho Falls temple will be reduced from 140 to 88 during the renovation. That certainly bolsters the case for a Pocatello temple.

The stake center in Bentonville is a beautiful meetinghouse located right on I-49 next to a junction with Highway 72. The Church owns the large field west of the stake center, which is surrounded by trees, nice homes, and a church of another faith. It could be a convenient location for a temple, though there appear to be many beautiful parcels in Northwest Arkansas.

Bentonville Arkansas Stake Center:,+-94.181334

Another possibility for a future announcement is Missoula, Montana (especially when the stake divides). It would serve eight stakes in Western Montana and Central Idaho including three that currently cross the Canadian border to the Cardston Alberta Temple. The church is growing in Missoula, which is 200 miles from the Spokane Washington Temple. Like most Montana cities, it is in a gorgeous setting surrounded by mountains.

James Anderson said...

Idaho Falls was built in a time when large ordinance rooms were what they thought was needed, they have since found that smaller rooms are somewhat more efficient.

Ogden I think has four smaller A rooms and two larger B rooms, making for two A and one B room on each side. That's down from the six rooms, three on each side, that it had.

They, like Provo, had 20 minutes between sessions, but now there is nothing listed to indicate session frequency on for that temple.

Bryan Dorman said...

Interesting. Hadn't thought about Missoula or Pocatello, what you wrote down can't be ignored.

My picks:

1. Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2. Harare, Zimbabwe
3. Somewhere in Central Mexico (Anywhere between Queretaro and Puebla along the Arco Norte route--could also include Pachuca)
5. Layton UT

Dark Horse picks:

Budapest, Hungary OR Vienna, Austria
SE Asia (Bangkok/Phnom Penh/Singapore)
Nairobi, Kenya

Joseph said...

Unit Update
15 March 2015
Abengourou Branch, Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan Mission (7 Branches, 4 Stakes)

22 March 2015
Belton Ward, Waco Texas Stake (5 Branches, 6 Wards)
Haatso Branch, Accra Ghana Adenta Stake (4 Branch, 10 Wards)
Makanza Branch, Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Kimbanseke Stake (1 Branch, 10 Wards)

This has been the thinnest week for new units so far this year but we are still averaging 11+ a week.

James Anderson said...

Pioneer Village Ward, Provo North Park Stake, was created on 22 March also, however, the stake president opted to sustain the new bishopric in that ward's first regular sacrament meeting this coming Sunday, so the actual creation may show as March 29th, they should have the info into CDOL by the end of that day.

John Pack Lambert said...

With this weeks set of new mission presidents, 1 is from the Philippines, 1 from Canada and the rest from the US.

James Anderson said...

They sustained the new bishopric in Pioneer Village Ward as part of the initial creation of the unit this morning.

They don't even have the clerk's office set up properly yet, the computer is expected to be delivered tomorrow so they could not do proper tithing counts or other functions that will need to be done.

That may delay a couple things with CDOL although a ward organization is done on the stake level so I'm still anticipating that ward creation to show up in CDOL as early as tonight to Tuesday.

Rick said...

If you guys are looking at mission presidents' countries of origin as a metric for church growth internationally, I think it would be more meaningful to only count missions outside the United States. Given many suitable choices, it seems the church likes to have American mission presidents in the US, so don't expect those to change.

Eduardo Clinch said...

Although there are a few Canadian Mission Prez's in the US, right? I knew of a German mission prez in Calgary in the mid 90s...Berkhan.

Whizzbang said...

Yeah, the Winnipeg Temple dot dot dot. it is pure speculation of where it will be built. A video is circulating of a new area that they are developing and in the beginning you see a big white building, which to me and some others doesn't look like a Temple and it has no Moroni on it but speculation still persists. Our growth here has slowed with people moving out, we have about 1200 "active" members with about 500 with a recommend. Who knows why they are building a Temple here, Regina is only 6 hours away and not busy at all. Once they build one here Regina will be almost vacant as they don't get much support from the Saskatoon Stake

Rick said...

Still, Eduardo, I think you are trying to see how the world may be becoming less dependent on North American missionaries and priesthood leaders. Not how North America may be becoming less dependent on North American missionaries and priesthood leaders, as it always has been and (ideally) always will be.

Rick said...

And by the world, I mean everything except North America.

Mike Johnson said...

There are three types of areas in the Church:

The 10 North America areas, all headquartered in Salt Lake, with pretty much a full complement of Presiding Bishopric positions, no area presidency, with a member of the presidency of the seventy designated to support one to three areas and another general authority assigned to head up the auditing inside the area.

14 areas throughout the world, headquartered in cities like Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Frankfort, Moscow, Tokyo, etc., with a presidency of 3 general or area authorities, a full complement of Presiding Bishopric organization in place, and one counselor in the area presidency responsible for audits.

The Middle East/Africa North Area, with a couple of general authorities in Salt Lake, responsible for the area.

There are differences between the criteria for staked and wards inside the 10 North America areas compared to the 15 non-North America areas.

So, there are some differences between North America and non-North America in the Church.

Joseph said...

Unit Creation report

15 March
Angarsk Branch, Russia Vladivostok Mission (9 Branches)

22 March
Beira Mozambique Manga District (4 Branchs)
Chamba Branch
Dondo Branch
Inhamízua Branch
Vila Massane Branch

Artyom Branch, Russia Vladivostok Mission (9 Branches)
Butterfield Ward, St David Arizona Stake (2 Branches, 9 Wards)
Clarks Summit Branch, Scranton Pennsylvania Stake (6 Branches, 5 Wards)
Edmond 4th Ward, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake (2 Branches, 11 Wards)
Hope Branch, Abbotsford British Columbia Stake (2 Branches, 8 Ward)
Level Creek Ward, Sugar Hill Georgia Stake (1 Branch, 10 Wards)
McDowell Ward, Mesa Arizona Hermosa Vista Stake (10 Wards)
Oklahoma City 7th Ward, Oklahoma City Oklahoma Stake (2 Branches, 11 Wards)
Pioneer Village Ward, Provo Utah North Park Stake (7 Wards)
Rincón de los Sauces Branch, Argentina Neuquén Mission (4 Branches, 1 District, 5 Stakes)
Smithville Lake Branch, Platte City Missouri Stake (4 Branches, 10 Wards)
Sonoran Springs Ward, Mesa Arizona Boulder Creek Stake (10 Wards)
Southgate 3rd Ward, Bloomington Utah Stake (3 Branches, 12 Wards)
Syracuse 10th Ward, Syracuse Utah Stake (9 Wards)

YTD 155
Africa 47
Asia 1
Europe 5
North America 57
Pacific 7
South and Central America 8
Utah & Idaho 31

Bryan Dorman said...

Nice to see Russia turning the corner...that's three new branches in less than a year!

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Brett Stirling said...

The large expanse of grass between the relatively new MTC and Stake Centre in Manukau (South Auckland) New Zealand was approved in 2006 for a "religious education" facility that looked like the Panama Temple. Both existing facilities were completed in 2010, 4 years after the original consent was given. I worked with a view of the site during construction with almost a birds eye view and seen site plans. I noted that all ground preparations for the foundation have already been completed. This involved removing a large portion of the ground, inserting something to do with water and I have no idea what and the returning and compacting the ground. It would sit between but elevated and forward of the two existing buildings. The plans included a line of sight passage for a historic military installation from the Maori land wars of the 19th century. A military redoubt lies behind the temple site and slightly intrudes onto Church property. It is a highly visible location above the main motorway from Auckland to the rest of the North Island and close to the International Airport. It would be one of the most visible temples in the Church and any religious structures in NZ.

I wonder how long the consent will last for and if it needs to be applied for again. Also, the local council that approved it no longer exists. It was merged with all of the Auckland regional councils into a Super Council. So this might necessitate a new resource consent process.

There are 28 Stakes in NZ, 12 in Auckland and 1 in the Northland region. The Hamilton temple is the largest single endowment temple in the Church. The two sister temples in Bern and London both have multiple stationary endowment rooms and Angel Moroni on their single steeples. The NZ Temple is in desperate need of a significant overhaul, and rumours have been floating around for a decade now of a two year refurbishment. However there is a significant anount of resources being utilised to repurpose the former Church College of New Zealand and beautify the approach to the Temple on Tuhikaramea Drive. Part of this project is a one off Stake Centre design larger than the standardised plans and a repurposed CCNZ library to be home for the very first Church History Centre outside of the US. These projects are consuming considerable resources and will probably delay any further developments temple or otherwise for some time I an guessing.

More details of the project are above. Thought I'd share.

Matthew Taylor said...

Two out of three right. Not bad!

John Pack Lambert said...

We had a Canadian Mission President here in the Detroit Mission in the 1990s. I knew someone on my mission who served in the US with a non-US mission president, but I don't know what mission or exactly where.

TempleRick said...

Whizzbang, compare the white building in the video to the architectural rendering of the Córdoba Argentina Temple. The building may appear more templelike to you. :)