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Published: Thursday, Oct. 24 2013 4:50 p.m. MDT

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RG
Buena Vista, VA

The article didn't mention that Gilbert is a suburb of Phoenix, as is Mesa, so there will be 3 temples quite close together.

gnesileah
Gilbert, AZ

The Kyiv Ukraine Temple is actually 22,184ft², much bigger than the 10,700ft² as reported in the article. Many of the "smaller temples" have the 10,700ft² plan, such as Adelaide Australia and Medford Oregon. Three temples are even smaller: Taipei Taiwan, Lima Peru & Colonia Juarez Chihuahua Mexico, the latter being only 6,800ft². The article also states that three countries are in the process of getting their first temple: Italy, France, and the [Democratic Republic of the] Congo. Add Portugal to that list. (Technically, there is already a temple on French territory: Tahiti, French Polynesia.) We are living in exciting times. Following the dedication of the 100th temple (Boston) in Oct 2000, Elder David B. Haight said some of us alive would live to see the 200th temple, then the 300th temple, and "whatever that number ends up becoming". We are at 170 now!

Leo Femedlers
El Paso, TX

I remember as a youngster my teachers saying that Brigham Young prophesied there would be hundreds of temples on the earth when the Savior returns. At that time there were around 30 or 40 temples. I wondered how that prophecy would be fulfilled. I don't wonder any more.

Cleetorn
Fuaamotu, Tonga

When I was a kid, I remember there being four temples in the entire state of Utah. Now we have that many just in the Salt Lake Valley. When I was on my mission, I had a dream of being able to attend every single one of the temples in the world after I came home. At that time, there were 16 operating worldwide. I knew that London, Switzerland and New Zealand might be a bit of a stretch but they were doable. I’ve been to some of the “exotic” temples in faraway lands but the prospect of attending all of them has vanished – not a dream that I mind see dying.

Fred T
PHOENIX, AZ

The temples aren't exactly close together.

It is 45 miles from the Phoenix Temple site to the Mesa Temple and 15 miles SE from the Mesa Temple to the Gilbert Temple.

As I understand it, once both temples are completed and operational, the Mesa Temple will be closed for several years for refurbishing. Let's hope that includes a new A/C system.

This makes me wonder about the Provo Temple. Since Pres Uchtdorf said the Ogden temple was outdated as one reason for the temple to be torn down and a new one built, I wonder if the same fate awaits the Provo Temple once the Payson and downtown Provo temples are completed.

Kjirstin Youngberg
Mapleton, UT

Moses had a type of portable temple, and I have always wondered why we don't have a couple of modified ships which could "island hop" to accommodate members on distant shores. My husband suggested port authority people would have to inspect at every port-of-call, making it unclean, and in need of rededication. Still, emergency personnel are allowed escorted access to our temples for fire inspections; wouldn't this be similar? What's wrong with a rededication, anyway, if it could serve so many more saints in foreign countries far from temples? Wouldn't it be fun to serve on the USS Gordon B. Hinckley as it sails through the Solomon Islands to Sri Lanka?

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

@FredT - closing the Provo Temple for years of work would be much harder since MTC traffic relies on it so heavily.

The Payson Temple is a beautiful building, we were able to visit several weeks ago when the Angel Moroni statue was placed on top. Just having that Temple pull load from Provo will be a good thing.

runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

Meanwhile, those of us in the Va Beach/Chesapeake region must make the four hour with no traffic commute to the DC Temple.
With traffic on 95 it has taken eight and ten hours which is a terrible burden. For some reason this region does not get much consideration. We put our YW in a classroom that is no bigger then a closet and sometimes just go outside for class. It is painful to hear this Temple news about other regions with Temples so close.

Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

Awesome. Keep'em coming. The more, the better.

Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

This and other LDS temples(the one in Boston comes to mind) are examples of wealth and opulence that remind me of another religion that has been in the news lately for what some deem as lavish excess.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

"Moses had a type of portable temple, and I have always wondered why we don't have a couple of modified ships which could "island hop" to accommodate members on distant shores."

As a sidenote, Church leadership "floated" that idea [pardon the pun!] back in the 50s, but eventually decided it was impractical compared to simply building more temples.

cindy56k
TOK, AK

Instead of people complaining about having to drive so far to the temple, be happy that you have the great opportunity to attend, no matter how long it takes, I live in Alaska and ours is 6 hours from where I live, and depending on weather perhaps longer but to have one here no matter where is a direct blessing from heaven.

bj-hp
Maryville, MO

I smile at times when I we had a 7-12 hours to go before we had a Temple in our midst. Though now we only have a hour and half to travel I really miss the trips at times. The reason is because of the spiritual blessing and travel that is missed when on a bus ride for so long. Now we all go when we are able and make the time to go. Though days are set aside the temple for some is no closer than it was when it was a trip for 7-12 hours.

President Monson and the Quorum of the Twelve are quite aware of many of our hardships and are looking at where a Temple may benefit the most. Still 80% of the membership is within 200 miles of a temple where just over 20 years ago it was quite a bit more. Be thankful for what you have and some day you will be blessed with a temple much closer but until then enjoy your trips and look at that as a blessing.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

RE: Bob,

It reminds me of a quote out of one of my favorite movies where Satin states "Vanity, my favorite sin".

I have obviously fallen away from the Church but I still do believe Temples are a good thing just not on every corner. As one previous writer stated they have to drive 4 hours to be able to do their work where meanwhile we have 4 temples just in the SL valley. Seems unfair to me but it is what it is.

Meeting Houses fall into the same category for me as well. Here in Utah it is plane excessive. I say build bigger church houses maybe some with two chapels so that 4 wards could attend at the same time.

Could you imagine what the Church could do for it's fellow man with the funds saved by just cutting it's property and building acquisition in half? And oh yea, not building open air mall's might help too.

Krissi
Phoenix, AZ

Was interested in touring until I found out that the "Open House" does not include every area of the Temple as the public is lead to believe. When I called for my reservation, I asked if the entire temple is included. She emphatically answered, "Yes, every area is represented." I then asked, "Even the Initiatory rooms?" since others who had toured told me that they were not shown these areas. She then said, "Well...actually...I don't remember." It seemed strange to me that someone who was scheduling tours wouldn't know what was included. After placing me on hold she let me know that they were not included after all. I asked her why not, as those are so essential to the Temple. She assured me that she did not know why they aren't included. Guess that leaves me wondering what else is omitted and why she would feel the need to lie about it when asked. :(

rubyscarab
Chicago, IL

For Krissi:

I don't think that she was lying. I have been through three separate temple Open House tours and was a temple worker for six years. Being a worker meant that I volunteered and helped with what happens in temples, which is sacred and beautiful. The tours do represent all of the areas in the temple and when I went through the tours, they had self-guided silent tours that literally took you through every pertinent room.

The tour scheduler likely was trained just in knowing about how to take amounts of people and make sure that you knew how to get there and similar, and hadn't been on a million tours herself (hence, the "I don't remember." response.) If you would like to know more about temples or family history and genealogy, I would be pleased to answer questions or to refer you to someone who could answer your questions to the best of our ability.
I am SURE that there was no intention to withhold information from you.

Best to you.

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