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

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Published: Monday, July 21 2014 11:30 a.m. MDT

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Boise, ID

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!)

American Fork, UT

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.

Kuna, ID

Love it!

Holladay, UT

Not the prettiest of designs for sure.


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.

Phoenix, AZ

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.

Canada, 00

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


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?

Tom in Tooele
Franklin, IN

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

Big Al
Chandler, AZ

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 . . .

Puyallup, WA

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.

Roanoke, TX

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.

Westland, MI

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

Westland, MI

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.

Big Al
Chandler, AZ

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??

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY


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

Kuna, ID

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

san diego, CA

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.

Provo, UT

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.

layton, UT

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.”

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