World Briefs


New Europe East Area Presidency Announced

The First Presidency has announced a change in the Europe East Area Presidency, effective immediately. Elder Kevin W. Pearson, First Counselor in the Area Presidency, has been transferred to Church headquarters for a special assignment in the Missionary Department. Elder Wolfgang H. Paul will continue as President of the area, with Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer of the Seventy as First Counselor and Elder Alexsandr N. Manzhos, Area Seventy, as Second Counselor.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple Site Selected

In November 2009 the First Presidency announced that the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple will be located at 1739 Vine Street in downtown Philadelphia. The site is adjacent to the Vine Street Expressway and neighboring Courts Building and is situated diagonally across the street from Logan Square, a prominent Philadelphia landmark. President Thomas S. Monson announced the temple in October 2008. Currently there are 130 operating temples in the world, with another 21 announced or under construction.

Vancouver Temple Dates Announced

The Vancouver British Columbia Temple open house will be held from April 9 through April 24, 2010, except Sundays, and a cultural celebration will be held on May 1. The dedication will take place in three sessions on Sunday, May 2, at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The three dedicatory sessions will be broadcast to all Church units within the temple district. The temple will open for ordinances the next day.