Very positive community involvement by the LDS Church. It is a great
accomplishment that will benefit generations of Utahns. Divinely inspired?
It's not for me to say, but from a secular perspective, it is very
positive. There are those who cast stones at anything the church does and this
seems to be little different.
Patriot,I see no evidence that the church is neglecting its mission
or underserving its worldwide membership by building this tremendous project.
Temples are being built all over the world, the mission training center in Provo
is expanding with new buildings, welfare square is expanding, chapels are being
built etc etc. So, I don't quite see your point. Beyond providing members
with direct cash allowances what would benefit members more?
@patriot @atl134You have to admit there exists the possibility that
the LDS church views this mall as an investment - you know, someplace they can
put their money that will result in more money in the future. What if they
could turn this $2 billion into $4 billion and therefore do even more good for
humanity.I'm guessing you haven't sold all your material
goods and given them to the poor. You still have a computer and internet
obviously. So why are you casting stones when you haven't done what you
are asking the church do?
The church has done exactly what patriot mentioned - "benefit[ted] the
church and its world wide members" They have repeatedly said that they
would do what is necessary to keep the area near the temple from becoming a rat
hole (my words, not theirs). This does benefit the membership worldwide I
visited Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The entire area surrounding it was
filled with hawkers, venders, food mess and unorganized insanity. What a
difference to have peace and serenity near the temple and quality buildings
across the street. And you can be certain that they have wisely invested the
money and will recoup it at sometime. It's for sure that if the church
every went public on the market (and of course, they never will, but...),
they'd be the first ones I'd invest with. If the government had only
a pinch of their financial planning ability, we wouldn't be in the mess we
find ourselves experiencing now.I'd bet kids are the local high
school choirs being part of the opening ceremony. Good for them if that is the
@ute alumni"i love the ones that do the questioning. got a problem
with a church being divinely led?"It's difficult to answer
that question seeing as I don't believe the church to be divinely led. I
see an entity that discloses that it has donated 700 million to humanitarian aid
over the past 20 years which is wonderful but... that's half the cost of
just this mall investment.
i think the church knows what they are doing. i love the ones that do the
questioning. got a problem with a church being divinely led?
"And he received them ... and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had
made it ... and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up
out of the land of Egypt"
nice mall but I am having a hard time justifying the LDS church paying for this.
I understand it wasn't tithing dollars used however it was money from the
church and that money - it seems to me - could be and should be spent in ways
that actually benefit the church and its world wide members.
I see a whole bunch of kids in that picture. Shouldn't they be in school?