LDS Church announces 'hopes' to build new temple in France

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  • Pitrom Monguzzo, Italy
    Oct. 18, 2011 3:22 a.m.

    There is already a French temple. It lies in Tahiti, in French Polynesia, under French law. Granted, it is a bit far away for mainland French Saints, but this serves to show that an agreement has been found between the Church and the French government as to public officers' access into it.
    I, too, dearly hope this project will go through and that we will soon be officially announced a Paris temple and its eventual dedication date.

  • Mormon O'Grady Wynnum, Qld
    July 24, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    This is wonderful news. With Temples going up everywhere, we can see the spreading of the Gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people. We are a blest people to be living in these historica times.

  • Tily RIDGELY, TN
    July 18, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    yes one issue here, in France, is that any building has to be open for the police to come at anytime if they want/have to, but as Gr8Dane said, it's managable.

    the main issue is and has always been the harsh critical response from French citizens who are mostly agnostics and have great trouble to accept religious people (catholics, muslims, jews...), especially a little religion like ours (we are 35 000 LDS members in France for 60 million citizens). They fear us, they think we are a very secretive and creepy polugamist cult.

    If a temple is actually built there, it will be such a huge step for us !

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    July 18, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    The "building inspectors" issue has been addressed in other locations. It's a non-issue now. If local authorities insist on entering an operating temple out of a health and safety or security concern, it is my understanding that the church allows them to. A few years ago, an armed intruder entered the washington dc temple, and of course, the police responded in pursuit, and entered to apprehend him. Later the temple was simply cleared, and then rededicated.

    So happy about the French people having a temple of their own.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    A knowledgeable friend once told me that the hangup with a temple in France has always been that the French government has always insisted on the right to send "building inspectors" into the building at any time, without any advance notice. (As if the wiring is going to go bad in the middle of a session?)

    Anyone know if this is true, and what sort of an understanding has been reached? Or did the Church just cave?

  • ryanlenahan GILBERT, AZ
    July 17, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Having been there in 2004 at Euro Disney where President Hinckley made the comment to everyone that he was not there at that current time to announce a temple, one could notice the sadness of the French members. This news serves my heart well to know that in the near future les membres de France auront leur temple! I look forward to being there for the dedication...

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    July 17, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    @christoph Romney ? this article has nothing to do with Romney or the presidental race.I was born in France and still speak French you can bet I'll never vote for Romney you base your opinion on Romney because he likes France ? where do you find a connection to Romney in this article ?

  • doreen Chorley, England
    July 17, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    wish them all well and hope this can become a reality for the French saints. They have waited a very long time - the biggest challenge (as I understand it) is that church buildings are open to all members of the public, and this would probably be why a temple has not been built there in the past.? If that is the case, its only one obstacle and the Lord can do anything if the saints show their faith. Hope your dream will become a reality really soon!

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    July 17, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    It seems strange that the French would have restrictions on the constructin of mosque but approve the constructin of a temple. It would be interesting to learn the politics behind it.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 17, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    Though I can't quote it exactly, I seem to remember Brigham Young saying that the bells of hell began to ring every time a temple began to be built and how he wanted to hear those bells again. When put that way, I too enjoy hearing those bells frequently.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    July 17, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    Considering the Church is currently negotiating the purchase of this site I can see why they wanted to wait on any public announcement.

  • Jazz Cop San Francisco, CA
    July 17, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    This confirms it, the mormons are taking over the world.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    July 16, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    McTemples galore. This is a blessing.

  • SoDakota Yote Vermillion, SD
    July 16, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    This temple is an answer to the prayers of many people. We all ought to pray daily that the hearts of the people of France will be softened so they will allow us build this wonderful House of The Lord! I am psyched about this!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 16, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    France will now have more freedoms and become happier.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    July 16, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    Timj: Mebers can attend any temple they want.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    July 16, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    Sounds wonderful. I hope and pray the planning and securing of the site, as well as building and finishing all goes well.

  • carambola MESA, AZ
    July 15, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    This is exciting news. I served a mission in northern France many years ago, and I know this temple would be a blessing to many there. It looks like there is still a lot to be worked out though. Let us keep this often in our prayers so that this temple can become a reality.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    July 15, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    This is a wonderful area for a temple. The first stake center in France is within a couple of miles. I served in this area in the 70s and remember in well. There's a great spirit there.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    July 15, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    One reason why I like Mr. Mitt Romney and one reason why he would make a great president: he speaks French and loves France. (don't tell anyone this in the presidential primaries though)

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    July 15, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    I hope this works out best for the people of France. Some may not believe this, but I do enjoy witnessing the church grow around the world.

  • Tily RIDGELY, TN
    July 15, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    yes, always, i suppose it's the case for every news about the church in any newspaper/website in the world.

    what's worse in France is that on TV or on the radio you can actually get those misinformations enounced as FACTS, journalists don't always take time to search and study just a little our religion.

    As we can find adversity in all things, it may be a good sign to face such difficulties here :)

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 15, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    The posts to that "Le Parisien" article are mixed. Some are already spreading lies and misinformation, while several members are patiently explaining core beliefs about the Church. Isn't that always the case? As soon as something good is announced, those who oppose "good" immediately start to spread lies.

  • Tily RIDGELY, TN
    July 15, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    Hi all, i'm a French lds member.

    We talk about a French temple for years here (since 1998), everytime a last minute hiccup crashes our hopes to build one despite the advanced negociations.

    No, the French temple won't serve every french member, only those in the north of France (from Brest (west) to Nancy (east) and maybe Lille (North)). Paris is in the north of France, i'm in Lyon and it would take us 5 hours to go to Paris (while only 3 to the Swiss temple) and more than 8 hours for members in Marseille or St Tropez.

    We have been asked to not speak about the news on facebook or with friends in France, because France is a VERY agnostic country, bashing is frequent and it ruins all negociations everytime. We can only hope this time, it will be for real :)

  • Timj South Jordan, UT
    July 15, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    "And now, in the very near future, there will be a temple to serve them all."

    Will the Paris temple really serve everyone in France? Quite a bit of France is five or six hours from Paris, yet just 2 or 3 (or even less) from a temple elsewhere. Hopefully members in France won't be forced to travel 6 hours when 2 hours will do the job...

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 15, 2011 5:01 p.m.

    What a beautiful spot, about 10 miles west of Paris and about a mile north of Versailles. It will a spot easily visited by the Saints.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    July 15, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Le Parisien was reasonably evenhanded in their article. They report that the church is looking to buy land currently occupied by the utility company Électricité de France (EDF); that they would likely spend 80 million Euro total for real estate and construction; that in addition to the temple there would be a parking garage, a hostel for temple patrons, and grounds which would be open to the public; and that the mayor and prospective neighbors see the temple as a preferable alternative to a housing project.

    I hope the church is able to make this happen. This would obviously be a big blessing to the French members, who currently attend temples in England, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. But I think the people in Le Chesnay will also be pleased to have it in their community; it will have a positive impact on the local economy and add some extra beauty to their community.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    July 15, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    I hope they can get this finished as problem free as possible. Good news!

  • Mr. Frog Lindon, UT
    July 15, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Excellent. Hope there isn't a last minute hiccup.