People who criticize the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City do not understand
how it was funded. NO TITHING funds or other member donations were utilized. The
Church has a "commercial arm" that utilizes that captal to invest
millions of dollars in inspired projects that provide employment opportunities
to many and produce places of beauty, importance, and industry for all. It is
not our place to dictate to the inspired leaders of the Church. The LDS Church
has blessed the lives of millions of the people of the world through their
charitable assistance. The Church always responds to great calamities, such as
tornadoes, floods and earth quakes. Few people criticize those operations. It is
not my decision to dictate to the leaders of the LDS Church. I would be on shaky
ground if I thought I knew better than they do.
I am very touched. Tears flowed freely as I read of the faithfulness and
humility of these beautiful Mexican saints. I served my mission in Bolivia, and
have come to love the Mexican people. My son enters the CCM (MTC) on 7 August,
and I cannot wait for him to experience the love and Spirit of that grand place
and people. Thank you such a wonderful article!
Investing in the renewal of downtown Salt Lake City to fund the educational and
humanitarian programs of the LDS church, among other benefits to greater Utah,
is far sighted. No, it doesn't directly aid those in Mexico or on the banks
of the Rhappahannock, but it is part of a greater plan.
I think that it's so cool that some of the missionaries are going to the
same building they had high school in. What an experience.
I did my high school there and I learned to love not just the school but the
teachers and my classmates, it was a wonderful experience and had blessed my
life as much as my mission. I understand I have to be obedient even if I do not
personally agree with the decision made by general authorities, I did learn that
at Benemerito. Hope things change with time and may have Benemerito back
sometime, if it does not happen then at least I did what expected from a true
lds member. Obedience is the first law in heaven. Take care of Benemerito and
its legacy Elders and sisters, you have all of our support and prayers.
rhappahannock,City Creek and other investments help the Church stay
on a sound financial footing so they can reach out into other nations. And it
may be time for the Saints of Latin America to stay in their own communities and
build the local education system. Something similar happened in Utah nearly a
century ago. There used to be an LDS High School in Salt Lake City. It was
dissolved, but seminaries were built near every high school in the region to
provide religious instruction before, during and after school hours. Today, the
internet has opened the possibility for personalized religious instruction on a
global scale, and it is happening. We are stepping into another era. And as another poster has already noted, the PEF is an awesome way to
help members of this international church become the best and most capable
people they can be. Education is strongly encouraged and promoted by the LDS
Church. Please join us in donating to the PEF.
For those of us who have lived around the world with so many political
decisions, I am grateful for the Church making the downtown Salt Lake City area
the "Right Place" for visitors and guests to come visit. You go to
Washington, D.C. and other areas of the world, commercial establishments have
somewhat marred the beauty and majesty of historical and religious spots.The Church leaders are inspired and make decisions that impact all of us
in God's ways. Thank goodness for the inspiration of President Hinckley
and Bishop Burton and the men and women who worked on all these projects,
including engineers, contractors, architects, city and state approval systems
and of course, the people including families in this work. As
President Spencer W. Kimball stated, the only thing that is constant is change
is evident many years later.
Rhappy: I hope you are supporting the education of saints by making frequent and
generous donations to the perpetual education fund. If you are not, than it
seems a little hypocritical of you to be criticizing the Church's decisions
on these matters.
Rhappa,Perhaps they can accomplish both with soun investments.
So, the church ties up billions of dollars with the City Creek project. So,
instead of keeping the high school and adding an MTC, they close the high
school. I would rather support education of saints who need it than an overbuilt
real-estate investment empire.