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Published: Friday, May 25 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

As glad as I am to see temples dot the earth, I'm puzzled about the placement of this one. Afton has less than 2000 people. The entire region has less than 4000. The Rexburg, Idaho Falls, and Logan temples are all less than 2.5 hours away from Afton by car. There are lots of nations which have more than 4000 members of the Church (and millions of nonmembers) without a temple, and for many of those members, temple attendance requires not only the hassle of crossing borders but also very long train/bus trips or expensive flights. Does anyone have any insight about why Star Valley?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Why Provo?

Rawlins, WY

Saints in that area, if I understand right, have to pass through treacherous passes through the winter in order to make that trip. Having a temple where they are at, will help them immensely.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Prodicus -- Revelation

Platte City, MO

The Lord inspires his prophets on the locations of his temples. I think all we need to know is that is what happened in this case. We just received a temple in our area and all are thrilled about it. We too had to travel nearly 3 hours to get to the temple when we were in the previous temple district, and I understand that there are others in the world that have to sacrifice so much more. I am prayerful that they too will receive the great blessings of having a temple in their midst. One thing I am very sure of, and that is the timing and placement of temples is in the Lord's hands and he reveals it through his chosen prophets.

Over the Top
Rigby, ID


This is only my opinion but this temple will probably serve far more than just Star Valley. It most likely will take in the Jackson Hole and Pinedale, WY areas. And it is reasonable to think the Soda Springs/Montpelier, ID area may be included in this temple district as well. So that possibly brings the total number of people served to be about the same as the soon-to-be Brigham City temple district. These saints presently are served by the Logan or Idaho Falls temples - making it much easier for the patrons to serve more regularly, particularly in the winter.

Additionally, it could give some of the "out-of-state" LDS members (such as those from Utah) an opportunity to include temple service in their R&R when they are in that area vacationing.

Washington, DC

Nigeria now has ~104,000 members. Nearby Ghana has ~49,000 members, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ~31,000. Even with all the trouble in Zimbabwe, there are ~21,000 members. In contrast, Wyoming only has 64,000, and a large number of fairly nearby temples. Over 200k members, a huge land mass, and only two small temples. Further, it is way cheaper to build a temple in Africa than it is in the United States.

What we need is a BYU-Africa. Instead of blowing money on the UU Law school, let the money help people who really need a better education system. If the church won't do it, we should do it through private funding - like Southern Virginia.

Wasatch Front, UT

RE: Prodicus @ 8:56 PM--

One issue that is always mentioned in the placement of LDS Temples has to do with the "worthiness level" of the Saints in that area (e.g., % of full tithe payers, etc.) So, in that respect, this site selection is a HUGE compliment to the Saints of Star Valley, Western Wyoming and Southeastern Idaho, thought their numbers may be few!

Additionally, Star Valley is about as "close to heaven" as you can get here on Earth, so a temple there only seems natural (even if there were only 100 Saints around that region! 8^)

If The Millennium begins in my lifetime, I'll volunteer to move to Afton to serve fulltime in THAT temple for the thousand years!

Pullman, WA

Every temple is a blessing to mankind. As the Church keeps them coming, may the rest of us keep going. It will bless your family, your life and your progenitors.


My friends in Star Valley have told me that the saints in the Star Valley area have been demonstrating their temple faithfulness for many years by having a very high percentage of temple attendance in Idaho Falls.

My husband and I were able to attend the smaller temple in Memphis Tennessee in the USA, while traveling. I learned then that all temples are not the grand buildings of some of the bigger or even moderate sized ones. This one was sharing the same parking lot as a stake center and truly was "smaller" than I would have thought it would be, yet all temples are of the Most High God and serve the sacred puposes that all other temples serve. While there, the temple matron was kind enough to share her temple clothes with me as we didn't have ours on the trip with us and there was no clothing rental. My husband was also able to borrow clothing from the temple president had set aside. We had a wonderfully spiritual experience in the very small and modest Memphis Temple.

I have no doubt

Afton, WY

While we are absolutely thrilled about our new temple, many of us in Star Valley have asked the same question, Why a temple here? I don't know that I have any better answers than those listed above, but I do have my testimony that the Lord knows what He is doing and and that He leads his church. Someday we will know that it was for a wise purpose.

Sterling Heights, MI

The building of temples does not follow logic at times but it does follow what the Lord wants for his children. I live in Michigan and yes we also have a temple very close but I'm equally thrilled to have this new temple built in Star Valley.

Mount Pleasant, UT

To: Prodicus - in answer to your question..it is being built where the Lord wants it.

Provo, UT

Nellie: There is going to be another temple in Provo because the one we have now is the busiest in the world.

Provo, UT

@Whoa Nellie- are you joking? The current Provo temple district has ~300,000 members and a constant stream of MTC and student use. Extreme wait times show it's beyond capacity.

@desert pete, whitebread- Though guided by inspiration at each step, the normal process by which revelation comes- studying it out in your minds, counseling and reasoning together, formulating decisions, praying for confirmation, repeating as necessary- is filled with reasons and purposes accessible to mortal minds. There is nothing wrong with seeking to understand, and there is nothing meritorious about telling people to shut up and stop trying to understand.

@comment- your comment makes more sense, though the road from Afton to Idaho Falls (or Rexburg) follows the broad valleys of the Salt and Snake and should be relatively safe.

@Over The Top- Less than 7% of the people in Teton County and less than 14% of the people in Sublette County are LDS. So those only add another ~2000.

@inspectorc, cindyb: I'm uncomfortable with the assertion that they're too righteous for a 2.5 hour drive while 22000 Kenyan and Ugandan saints are too wicked to have better than a weeklong exodus. Gotta be other deciding factors.

Utah Native
Farmington, UT

So happy for the saints in Star Valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Can't wait for the faithful saints in Cody and Lovell to get a temple, too. (They decided on Billings rather than Park County, WY, because there was a bigger airport there. Lots of opposition from folks in Billings, who love big religious gathering places as long as they aren't LDS.)

Provo, UT

@jg76- just wanted to say I appreciated your weighing in and that my slight puzzlement and wish for more insight into the placement priorities in no way keep me from being glad for you folks and glad for the continued spread of temples across the earth.

Bountiful, UT

The answer to your question, Mr. Prodicus, could have to do with the cost of building and keeping a temple open in some of the more corrupt locations on the planet. Do you get an e-mail from Star Valley Wyoming every day or two inviting you to share in millions of dollars of money just waiting for you to claim it? I get such invitations from Nigeria. Do you think the architect and the Project Manager will be carjacked, kidnapped and robbed at gun point on their way to a job meeting in Star Valley, like they were in Nigeria? Do you think the temple in Star Valley will have to be closed much of the time because of threatened violence?

I think it is a tremendous reach for the Church to bless the African Saints to the extent they now enjoy. Let us pray for the day when there is peace on Earth and a temple in every African Stake.

layton, UT

RE: Temples are where members participate in the highest sacraments of our faith.

Jesus warns to not trust in sacred(secret) places: … the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem(Temple). You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”(John 4:21-24 )

Baptism for the dead,(2 Nephi 28:21) And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them; I am no devil, for there is none and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains from whence ‘there is No deliverance.’

Mosiah 3:25)… endless torment whence they can’ No more Return..’; .

Provo, UT

Utah Native: The temple being built in Billings has nothing to do with the size of the sirport.

Sharrona: Temples are sacred places.

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