@Red CorvetteI don't know. There are always highs and lows in
trends but nearly tripling the number of temples in three decades indicates
Real estate is obviously important to this organisation.
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.
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
@Red CorvetteGrowth 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.
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!
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
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%.
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
It doesn't mean as much growth if most of the temples were of the smaller
designs. Which I believe they were.
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