Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Thoughts About General Conference Announcements

I remember last October during conference being in awe about the fact that for the first time in years, no new temples were announced. Then again, this last week the same thing happened. The prophet did say that they continue to pray about the building of new temples and will announce more should that ever be what the Lord tells them. He also said that the church has grown enough that most of the  members are within 200 miles of a temple. It seemed as though that fact was supposed to be an answer that would satisfy the question, why are no new temples being announced?

It was announced that the current temples under construction would continue being built and that they would be finished in 2015. It almost appears as thought the Lord has put a pause on new temple construction beyond 2015. That's the feeling I got even though Pres. Monsen said the process would of temple announcing and building would continue. The Lord clearly has a reason for this and I can't help but wonder if it's because 2015 will be the end of normality before Christ returns. With all that is coming our way in these last days, temple building may have to be put on hold. Whether it be an economic crash, chaos, war, natural disasters or all of the above in unison that occur by the end of 2015, 2016 clearly is a year where something big awaits.

I don't know if anyone else picked up on this but it has been on my mind since last fall. There are currently about thirteen temples in which the groundbreaking dates have not been announced. There are about three temples that are said to be finished in late 2015 and I did see that the Philadelphia temple is scheduled for 2016 even though it was announced that temple completion was set for the remaining temples to be finished in 2015.I found it interesting that they spoke specifically of the year 2015 for temple construction to be complete on all temples currently under construction. What about the temples that have not yet had ground broken?

It seems as though there will be a period of delay in 2016 and then maybe after things have settled down here on Earth, the rest of the temples will be completed and possible new ones announced.

Who knows if I am right on this, but it has really been pressing my mind over the months. I would love to hear your thoughts. Here is the link to the temple list

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