I agree with Architect. Most temples I have seen are boxy and unattractive. They
do seem to spend a fortune keeping the grounds pretty, but the architecture is
Is there anyone else here who has the guts to say that LDS temples are an
eye-sore!? They are gaudy in a 1970's sort of way and look UN-inspiring! Who is
the architect for these boxy structures? I have rarely seen such poor design in
my 20+ year professional career.
I served in the Curitiba mission from 2000 to 2002. At a mission conference by
Elder Neil Andersen, we were encouraged to stress the importance of tithing to
the members and new converts. The aim was the eventuality of building a temple.
It is so rewarding to see that the sacrifice and hard work of the members and
the missionaries down there has been rewarded. I sure wish I could be there for
I know how Elder Owens feels. We have both shared the thrilling sight of the
Church's growth in Brazil. In 1960 President Bangerter sent me and my companion
to open the city of Recife, where another temple has been completed and
dedicated. Incidentally, Elder Owens and I once worked together a
couple of days in Curitiba when our senior companions went to a district
presidents' conference. I was living in the Church-owned chapel in Joinvile,
just before the Ipomeia temple was dedicated. And Elder Tom Young and I came
home on the USS Argentina, the ship that took Elder Owens to Brazil.