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Published: Saturday, April 5 2014 10:30 a.m. MDT

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mattrick78
Cedar City, UT

@Red Corvette

I don't know. There are always highs and lows in trends but nearly tripling the number of temples in three decades indicates incredible growth.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Real estate is obviously important to this organisation.

mattrick78
Cedar City, UT

If it was as much as some make it out to be, they would be building temples beyond the need. Clearly this is not the case.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

85% of the members are within 200 miles of a temple. My opinion, these temples are not just for this earthly stage, there will be 1000 years of temple work and research.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Red Corvette
Growth rates are pretty much unchanged compared to last year. There's something like 28 temples currently under construction or announced so it's pretty much just a temporary "hey let's take care of everything we already have planned" thing.

RBTJR
PLATTSBURGH, NY

Hutterite,

How else does an organization erect buildings? Squatter's rights? Or perhaps floating off the ground? Of course real estate is an important consideration for any group!

ChiMed
South Jordan, UT

If you look at the numbers, growth has not been declining, so I'd say no, it's not about growth. It's about the fact that there are already 14 temples under construction, 14 more temples which have been announced and are in various stages of approval and design, and 2 temples undergoing major renovation, with a third scheduled to be renovated soon. The Church is very strict about living within its means, and it already has plenty of projects on its plate.

AAAgnostic1
Orem, UT

Growth has actually declined. Annual growth is below 2% for the first time since 1947. (See Wikipedia article titled "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership history").

This despite the fact that the number of missionaries increased 40%.

David M
Metairie, LA

Though membership statistics still show growth, there is a lot more to measure growth than general membership statistics (reactivation, strengthening members, etc.) The worth of even one soul is great in the sight of God.

Those that understand the purpose of the temple will understand why we build and use them.

DoloresCruz1982
BOULDER, CO

It doesn't mean as much growth if most of the temples were of the smaller designs. Which I believe they were.

AerilusMaximus
Berryville, VA

Red Corvette
"Could this be due to the declining growth?"

By growth do you mean in membership or temple attendance?

Growth could mean a lot of things.

Temple aren't always built where there is a large lds population because the temple attendance doesn't show a need.

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