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.
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.
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 !
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
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?
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...
@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 ?
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!
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.
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
Considering the Church is currently negotiating the purchase of this site I can
see why they wanted to wait on any public announcement.
This confirms it, the mormons are taking over the world.
McTemples galore. This is a blessing.
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!
France will now have more freedoms and become happier.
Timj: Mebers can attend any temple they want.
Sounds wonderful. I hope and pray the planning and securing of the site, as well
as building and finishing all goes well.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 :)
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.
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 :)
"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...
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.
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.
I hope they can get this finished as problem free as possible. Good news!
Excellent. Hope there isn't a last minute hiccup.