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Published: Monday, Jan. 31 2011 1:38 p.m. MST

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Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

One thing I don't understand is why the church is so insistent on having high steeples on the temples. Many of the protests are centered on the height of the steeples, and the church could eliminate that cause of protest by designing lower steeples. I've looked at quite a few pictures of temples and imagined in my mind what they would look like with shorter steeples, and they look fine. The early temples didn't have tall steeples. Tall steeples seem to be a concept that has taken hold among the temple-designers.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Allen,
You make the false assumption that the steeple is the real issue. It is not. That is just an excuse for these people expressing their dislike for the temple.

The temple represents a meeting-place of earth and heaven. The steeple is a central expression of the religious meanings and symbols in the building.

Riverside Church, the tallest church in America, has a steeple height of 392 feet. St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC is 339 feet tall. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion in DC is 328 feet tall. Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is 303 feet tall. The National Cathdral in DC in 300 feet tall. The Washnton Temple at 288 feet is the 8th tallest Church building in the US according to wikipedia at 288 feet.

Probably the most instructive fact about the Phoenix Temple is that its 126 feet is significantly less than the 196 feet planned for the Gilber Temple.

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