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

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One thought. " My ways are not your ways and my thoughts are not your thoughts" Who are we to second guess Him?

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Sharrona do you really understand the scriptures you cite. You focus on just a couple of things as of proof but if you continue to read you will find that unless one repents, baptized and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost can in no wise enter into the kingdom of God. Many on this earth including Church members will not enter into the Celestial Kingdom. Most will be in either the telestial or terrestial kingdoms, isolated from the father because of rebellion or just not strong enough. Baptism gives them the opportuniy but as with all else they have the choice to accept or reject. Many on the other side of the veil who left this world with all their wants, addicitions will take that with them. Many will not be able to overcome the effects of this life. In fact, this life determines your eternal glory. You decide and at judgement is when you finally find out. The thing is many who have left this life has already been given their glory, i.e. Peter, James, John, Joseph Smith and all of the modern prophets, Abraham and all of the Old Testament Prophets.

Lake Oswego, OR

As someone who grew up in Star Valley, I am overjoyed that a Temple is being built in my hometown. I know of many people who have died in crashes on the roads to the Idaho Falls Temple. Prodicus underestimates the danger involved with traveling U.S. Highway 26, in particular the area known as "Antelope Flats." Black ice, blowing snow, and overall poor driving conditions are all too common during the winter months in this area.

Farmington, UT

With respect to Afton, the saints in Riverton and Lander, WY and surrounding areas now travel to Ogden (which is undergoing a major renovation); Rock Springs and Rawlins are in the Vernal Temple District; Cody, Powell, Lovell and Sheridan go to Billings; Cheyenne goes to Denver until they build the Fort Collins Temple. I didn't look up where Casper, Laramie and Gillete saints travel for a temple. There isn't a temple anywhere in Wyoming so I am grateful there will now be one in Afton.

I know people in one temple district back east that have a three hour drive and when another temple back there is finished they'll be in the new district---and still have a 3-hour drive. But no one is complaining.

If the airport size was the determining factor, how'd they get one in Monticello and Payson, or even Nauvoo?

Years ago relatives were told a temple would be built in the Seattle area "when the local saints did enough genealogical research to support one being open more than two days."

There are many factors that are considered and I'm not about to second guess the First Presidency.

layton, UT

RE: Bill in Nebraska one repents, Baptized and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost/Spirit same Greek word(pneuma).
There are exceptions without Baptism, King Benjamin in(Mosiah 4:3)…and it came to pass that after they had spoken these word, the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received the remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience. because of exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ….
Luke 23:43,where the Savior on the cross says to the thief, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise".

Re: Snowman, Temples are sacred[secret] places. I have spoken openly to the world, Jesus replied I always taught in synagogues or at the Temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in Secret.(John 18:20 NIV)
Jesus… them, Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. They replied, It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days? But the temple he had spoken of was his Body. John 2:19-21 (NIV) The Christian Temple is Jesus .

Provo, UT

Remember, as a faithful member, you are required to be current on your tithing before you can partake of the temple rituals. When you sit back and think about it,actually a very good business decision for the church to build this temple (or for that matter, any temple).


What a blesing this is for the poor and downtrotten people of the world.

Larry Lawton
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Although we are now in Hong Kong, we usually live in Star Valley, Wyoming, which has more than 10,000 people, not the 4,000 mentioned earlier. We served in the Idaho Falls Temple on Friday, with 21 other couples who drove the snowy, slippery road to Idaho Falls every week, except on those days when to road was closed. Although the Snake River canyon has many curves and hills, it is also dangerous when it departs from the river and crosses the flats, where ground blizzards can reduce the visibility to zero. I think almost everyone in the valley knows someone who has lost their lives going to or from the temple. Thus, we rejoice in a temple. Is it an undeserved blessing? When I consider the number of people in Star Valley who serve, the difficulties of travel, and the many who are not counted in census figures because they are summer residents, that seems to decrease the feeling that we do not yet deserve a temple. Could the funds be employed better elsewhere? I frankly have enough to do monitoring my own affairs, without undertaking a role as advisor to those charged with temple construction.

Huntsville, AL

Very cool for Wyoming.

Mesa, Az

If I remember correctly, people criticized President Young for building the St George Temple wayout in the boonies in swamp country. In some countries it is not the number of members that dictates where a temple is going to be built, but it is the freedom of those members whose government prevents a temple being built that can make a difference. I guess all of us armchair critics should be glad that the Lord is in charge of his church and not man.

Buffalo, NY

Sharrona, since you reside in the Ogden, UT area, do you know of Jewish life in/near Montpelier, Idaho, or its surrounding area? I'm thinking of relocating there to be closer to some family in region, but being Jewish only know of closest centers of Jewish worship in Pocatello or Ogden. Montpelier is closer to Afton than the other two regions. I can find no evidence of Jewish life there. Would you know if there is any? Shalom! Am Y'Israel Chai.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

Prodicus, having spent my teenage years in Star Valley (and my parents still live there), I'm better informed than you on the environment and population of Star Valley. Afton currently has around 2,000 people, but entire valley contains over 10,000 people. The valley is dotted with towns such as Thayne, Grover, Auburn, Smoot, Osmond, Fairview, Freedom, Bedford/Turnerville, Etna, Star Valley Ranch, Alpine, and county land. Of the 10,000 people who live there, approximately 50-60% are Mormon. That means about 5,000 to 6,000 are Mormon (some of which are not active). In the immediate vicinity there are dozens of small villages such as Cokeville and slightly larger towns such as Jackson Hole and Kemmerer.

Obviously it is nothing like the Mormon population of Utah, but the temple will be much smaller as well. As far as the winters are concerned, they can be brutal and winter driving can be very treacherous. No matter what route you take, roads can be closed due to bad weather. The road to Idaho Falls has a section called Antelope Flats which is often closed. I've known several people who were killed going to the Idaho Falls temple.

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