LDS Church to break ground next month for temple in Meridian, Idaho, its 15th under construction


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  • Ironeye Idaho Falls, ID
    July 29, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    I'm proud of the church for going through all the entanglements and permitting on this particular temple and not giving up. Some times the hardest temples to build are the ones most endeared and loved by the members.

  • Nachtmerrie_in_Brugge Mesa, AZ
    July 25, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    At last! A forum for my numerous gripes about temple designs. Can't wait to get started! Here goes:

    ...Okay, after reading all the previous comments I have decided to keep my architectural grievances to myself. With over 150 temples in operation or under construction, yes, they run the gamut from majestic to awkward; from photogenic to plain Jane. All of them, however, are Houses of the Lord, and I will try to focus on the purposes they serve.

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    July 25, 2014 1:47 p.m.


    No. Please read through the NT. They went a lot.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 25, 2014 1:10 p.m.

    Twin Lights,

    to heal the lame man.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    July 24, 2014 6:46 p.m.


    Two question:

    You note that Rev. 3:2 indicates no temple but that is after "a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away". In other areas of Revelations, does it not reference a temple (at least twice)?

    Why did his Apostles go to the temple after his death and resurrection?

  • donn layton, UT
    July 24, 2014 3:14 p.m.

    RE: Twin Lights, “the temple ‘WAS’ important.” God repeatedly stresses that the Old Covenant is finished. It is obsolete (Hebrews 8:13).

    Yet JS, “These sacrifices, as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood, will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built, and the sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications, and blessings. This ever did and ever will exist when the powers of the Melchisedek Priesthood are sufficiently manifest; else how can the restitution of all things spoken of by the holy Prophets be brought to pass? It is not to be understood that the law of Moses will be established again with all its rites and variety of ceremonies; this has never been spoken of by the Prophets; but those things which existed prior to Moses' day, namely, sacrifice, will be continued.” (Hof C v 4 p.211-212).

    JS was aware religious Jews had no sacrifice for sin(No Messiah)and need a temple rebuilt.
    The sacrificial system was "imposed until the time of reformation" (Hebrews 9:10). Christ's sacrifice was the once-for-all.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    July 24, 2014 9:21 a.m.


    He was greater than the temple. The master of the house is always greater than the house over which he presides. But he was crystal clear that he considered the temple to be His Father’s house. Agreed? Christ was clear that the temple was important, right? Let’s just get that one point clear before we move on to anything else.

    No disagreement with Paul. We are (also) the temple of God. We may have the presence of the Holy Ghost in our lives.

    I am familiar with the term Cohen and their historic lineage. Giving men specific authority (as in a priesthood - we can argue the specifics later) are clearly outlined throughout the New Testament.

  • donn layton, UT
    July 23, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    RE: TwinLights, "He would have condemned it as a waste." True,He Fulfilled their purpose:

    (Jesus) one greater than the temple has come! Jesus Christ. It is in Christ’s church–as Jesus’ mystical body–he fulfillment of the O. T. prophecies regarding Jerusalem and the Mountain of the Lord. The promise of a land, will be fulfilled in a new heaven and earth in the consummation (Rom 4:13; Heb 11:9-10.

    Christ is the New Temple . “For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Cor 6:16)–what use remains for a future literal temple? That to which the temple had pointed, is now a reality through the work of the Holy Spirit.

    The Aaronic or Levitical priesthood ended with the death of Christ. The entire function ,and the term Cohen means, ’one who stands up for another, and mediate the cause.” Before the *Great Sacrifice ,the priest had to stand in the gap for the people and offer animal sacrifices. Do Mormons still carry out this function. No! Therefore their office is insignificant.

  • John Simpson ARLINGTON, VA
    July 23, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    Actually this is not Gothic. Gothic architecture features spires, windows with Gothic arches, and other elements, none of which are apparent from the illustration of the new Meridian temple. It has a certain Byzantine sense to it, but Gothic it is not.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, TX
    July 23, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    I have seen (from the outside) Oakland and Los Angeles, and (inside and out) Dallas, Houston, Salt Lake, Oklahoma City, and Nauvoo. I have seen pictures of all the rest. I have yet to see a Temple that was not beautiful. Even before I was LDS, I thought Temples were beautiful buildings; now that I am, I am even more convinced.

    When I see the negative comments above, I am reminded of Ether 12:26 ...

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    July 23, 2014 7:32 p.m.

    The commitment to consecration and sacrifice made and then reinforced in the temple spillover into community service and volunteerism.

    If temples were a waste, Christ would not have cleansed the temple twice. He would have condemned it as a waste. He didn't.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    Temples are usually built in response to need and utilization. Saints in the Meridian area will be blessed.

  • CreekGal Sandy, UT
    July 23, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    What a enormous waste of money. If only the LDS church used its vast wealth for good rather than evil.

  • donn layton, UT
    July 23, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    RE: Big Al, your total lack of understanding of why the LDS Church builds temples.

    … I saw No temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple (Rev 21:22).

    Soon after the 1988 survey, plans were underway to change the endowment ceremony again (the ceremony had been modified many times since its introduction in Nauvoo, Illinois in the early 1840's). In 1990, the revised ceremony became effective:

    This time period when Israel would have No temple nor sacrifice was predicted by ( Hosea 3:4-5 TLB)… “ Israel will be a long time without a king or prince, and without an altar, Temple, priests, or even idols! Afterward they will return to the Lord their God and to the Messiah(Jesus), their King, and they shall come trembling, submissive to the Lord and to his blessings in the end times.”

  • abtrumpet Provo, UT
    July 23, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    First of all, my message is to Hutterite. All your comments (which only occur on articles referring to the LDS Church) are so negative. Please stop, because you are not benefiting anyone.

    Second, people are always accusing the Church of "wasteful" spending on temples...but nothing could be further from the truth. Temples are the "House of the Lord." They are the holiest places on earth to members. If you read the Bible, which apparently many who criticize the Church do, you will find that Christ held the temple most sacred. Only few accounts of his anger occur in the scriptures, but one is in relation the temple being desecrated. Those who truly understand Christ and his mission know that it was not a temporal, political or social mission. What good would homeless shelters do if, in the end, all mankind was damned? The work of salvation is the most important work. This was and still is Christ's message.

  • CamN san diego, CA
    July 23, 2014 2:16 a.m.

    Hutterite, as a designer who took a modern architecture class, I'd have to disagree--most of these temples are very Frank Lloyd Wrightian with a little Art Deco. Sure, the older ones have some gothic elements, but FLW or modernist inclinations easily make up the majority.

    In the San Diego area where I live, is probably the most recently constructed temple that could be called gothic. Is has elements relating to that, but they are done in such a clean and contemporary way that it feels much more approachable and friendly.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    July 22, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    Why would a person read the Deseret news when they live in michigan if there not Mormon? Just curious.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    July 22, 2014 5:42 p.m.


    You are welcome to do this with your buildings in Monongahela anytime you wish.

  • Big Al Chandler, AZ
    July 22, 2014 2:45 p.m.

    To Michigander:

    Your comments belies your total lack of understanding of why the LDS Church builds temples. Jesus did many things to help people, including the poor and unfortunate, other then give them money and affordable housing!

    Those of your ilk no doubt think a talented pianist could play a beautiful sonata by plunking on the same key over and over again--no chords, no runs, no melody--just the same single key in a rueful attempt to achieve a beautiful song.

    BTW, are you aware of the financial output of the LDS Church to help the groups you mention? This is IN ADDITION TO building of temples to provide spiritual nourishment and strength. You get it? Playing a beautiful song by using the entire keyboard??

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 22, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    Also, affordable housing for migrant farm workers, and those who are more than willing to work hard, but have been hit hard by the Great Recession.

  • Michigander Westland, MI
    July 22, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    All these buildings should be converted into townhouses or condominiums for homeless veterans, senior citizens, assisted living facilities.

  • purelytexan Roanoke, TX
    July 22, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Can someone please update the Dallas Temple to white granite like the Boise temple? Or totally reconstruct it to look like the cool Portland temple? I mean, temples are supposed to be glorious. Gray is not glorious. White is a glorious color. Where can I submit a request? I think a lot of Dallas/Ft. Worth Texans would agree with me.

  • PacificCreek Puyallup, WA
    July 22, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    I'm sure that the first presidency has no idea where temples are needed. They are probably using a dartboard and a map. I'm sure that the bar code that is scanned in every time a person enters is never used to help track temple attendance and indicate the areas where another temple is justified by existing usage in the area. Probably, the work done in the temple is probably never recorded here on earth either... (Tongue planted firmly in cheek!!)

    I have lived my life in several areas where a temple was a 6 hour or more drive away. When the church started building smaller temples in areas where a full size temple wasn't feasible it was a huge blessing for those that had to travel long distances to attend. I'm sure those in Idaho who are getting a temple in their back yard are thrilled for the opportunity. Temples will continue to dot the earth as the work of the Lord moves forward. They are an essential part of the Plan of Salvation. In spots where there is a large concentration of LDS members those dots might be closer together.

  • Big Al Chandler, AZ
    July 22, 2014 12:28 a.m.

    To "Hutterite":

    You must be thanking your lucky stars that you (listed from American Fork) live ~300 miles from the new Meridian temple, so you won't be forced to look at it from time to time.

    The design of the Mount Timpanogus temple (in your back yard) is quite different from Meridian. I hope you feel that temple incorporated "inspired architecture." Or you could drive to downtown Provo within the near future, or head the other way around the point to view Oquirrh Mountain, Draper, or Jordan River. Quite a variety for anyone possessing such a discerning eye for inspired architecture . . .

  • Tom in Tooele Franklin, IN
    July 21, 2014 11:23 p.m.

    Not sure a 20 minute temple ceremony would be much better than a temple app...glad a prophet executes the Lords' will more than caveman...just sayin'j

  • LeDoc SLC, UT
    July 21, 2014 11:21 p.m.

    Every place I've been in the last 10 years they have talked about the poor attendance and the need to encourage more members to attend. Many old timers have told me the % of attending members was greater when they had to go farther. With that in mind, do we need all these additional temples?

  • 2resU Canada, 00
    July 21, 2014 11:01 p.m.

    Has the look of the Alberta Cardston Temple, The Hawaii Temple and the Arizona Temple. Not unusual at all.

  • Neanderthal Phoenix, AZ
    July 21, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    Has the look of a Mosque.

    Temples seem to be a waste of funds. Why not add a room or two to Stake Centers for the temple work cutting the ceremony to 20 minutes or so? And marriages can be conducted in the chapel. It's not the temple that authorizes marriage for time and eternity. It's the priesthood authority conducting the ceremony.

  • amagnetick AV, CA
    July 21, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    I have a hard time believing that anyone would have to look at the Temple if they didn't want to. Some people just have to complain about everything.

  • Ldslady Holladay, UT
    July 21, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Not the prettiest of designs for sure.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    July 21, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    Love it!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 21, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    Another gothic monolith. Where's the inspired architechture? I say that not as a member, which I'm not, but as someone who has to look at these things from time to time.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    July 21, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    The article is confusing. It says the building will be 70 feet tall, with a spire extending to 120 feet. BUT - in the next paragraph it says the temple doesn't have a traditional steeple. And the architect's rendering shows a dome rather than a steeple. I'm no expert, but that dome isn't adding another 50 feet to the height of the structure.

    (I live about 15 miles away from the site, and am looking forward to seeing this interesting new design take shape!)