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Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

These facilities always take on dimensions as if they were constructed out of basic lego blocks, or an assortment of similar sized cardboard boxes. It must a functionality requirement.

Somewhere in Time, UT

Hutterite: Some people are just so unhappy and bitter.

Salt Lake City, UT


First: Seriously? Who doesn't love legos?

Second: I actually REALLY like this design. I've liked every design I've seen. Rome and Pennsylvania are just awesome!

Third: If you saw a building that looked like it was made out of giant legos, would you not want to go inside? I suspect you would. I would. I'm fairly sure the child inside all of us wants a giant lego building.

I know you don't like my faith, maybe even us members, but a lot of skill and art goes into making the temple a beautiful place. I invite you to enjoy our beautiful structures even if you don't enjoy the company of those who build them. Temple Square has a lot to offer, even if you avoid talking to anyone. It's a great place simply for enjoying the grounds, the buildings, and the 'away from downtown' feel. If you don't feel you'd enjoy it for any of those reasons, I'd at least suggest it as a place of peace.

Omaha, NE

@ Hutterite
See San Diego Temple.... very unLego-like.

But seriously this is about how I feel about cars. People rant and rave over their cool design and I look at them and think. It's a car... a chunk of metal. It gets me places.

The purpose is what matters, not what it looks like. :)

Phoenix, AZ

The temple looks big and thick and more like an office building, attractive to an architect, I give this design an e for effort.

Virginia Beach, VA

I love it! It looks compact and powerfull, just like the Submarines I've served on.


It is a beautiful temple. Even nicer, is that functionally it looks more like a larger temple than the recent emphasis on small temples. That means; probably a cafeteria, probably clothing rental, expanded laundry, simultaneous sessions, etc. I love my small temple here in San Antonio, but I grew up with the large temple in Mesa Arizona, so I know the difference in the services able to be provided by a larger temple. The Saints in Meridian are probably very grateful, I applaud the look, and the design! Besides, Cardston, Mesa Arizona, and the Laie, Hawaii temples, have always been among my favorite designs. Now I get to add Meridian Idaho to that list.

bob j
Maryborough, 00

As I look at the pictures / photo's of these beautiful Temples, it causes me to compare with those here in Australia. Never-the-less, no matter what they look like, the purpose is the same and that is all that really matters.

Salt Lake City, UT


I agree! Sometimes a compacted design can represent solidity, firmness, and strength. I enjoy the design for it's unique quality (like what I mentioned before), but I also like it for the same reason you mention.

G L W8

Legos? Submarines? Wedding Cakes? I can think of worse examples: i.e., the giant taffy pull the Community of Christ built in Independence, MO. But all kidding aside, we'd be better off concentrating on their purpose--which in most cases, the architecture enhances (even though some of us, including myself, have preferences one over another.)

The "small talk" may be fun, but the profound spiritual experience offered inside and out should be the thing we remember and talk about most.

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