Empty sacred spaces become white elephants

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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    When I was a young missionary, we opened up a town in Texas for proselytizing. To start with, we met in our apartment for Sunday services and had 4-5 people attending. Later, we became a dependent branch and rented a small building and from those small beginnings, I see that in that town there are now two wards and they have their own new building. Imagine what another 40 years will bring! During my second mission with my permanent companion in a small country in Asia, we built 4 new chapels in the 2 years we were there and they were all filled with thankful native Latter Day Saints! Because of widespread poverty there, we knew that tithe payers in the US (mostly Utah and Idaho) made our new buildings possible! On behalf of the thousands of saints in Cambodia, thank you for blessing so many lives! Thank you for contributing to the perpetual education fund which hundreds of young people utilize to lift themselves out of poverty! If you could see what we saw, you would weep for joy as we frequently did! Thank you!

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Aug. 17, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Red Corvette,

    Old, liturgical structures are VERY expensive to renovate and maintain. Also, they often lack the classroom space and parking the church needs. They are very tough to re-utilize in any cost effective fashion.