LDS Church-owned Mexico high school becomes new MTC

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  • Gram Cracker Price, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    People who criticize the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City do not understand how it was funded. NO TITHING funds or other member donations were utilized. The Church has a "commercial arm" that utilizes that captal to invest millions of dollars in inspired projects that provide employment opportunities to many and produce places of beauty, importance, and industry for all. It is not our place to dictate to the inspired leaders of the Church. The LDS Church has blessed the lives of millions of the people of the world through their charitable assistance. The Church always responds to great calamities, such as tornadoes, floods and earth quakes. Few people criticize those operations. It is not my decision to dictate to the leaders of the LDS Church. I would be on shaky ground if I thought I knew better than they do.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    July 18, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    I am very touched. Tears flowed freely as I read of the faithfulness and humility of these beautiful Mexican saints. I served my mission in Bolivia, and have come to love the Mexican people. My son enters the CCM (MTC) on 7 August, and I cannot wait for him to experience the love and Spirit of that grand place and people. Thank you such a wonderful article!

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 2:52 p.m.

    Investing in the renewal of downtown Salt Lake City to fund the educational and humanitarian programs of the LDS church, among other benefits to greater Utah, is far sighted. No, it doesn't directly aid those in Mexico or on the banks of the Rhappahannock, but it is part of a greater plan.

  • eelek62 SANDY, UT
    July 17, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    I think that it's so cool that some of the missionaries are going to the same building they had high school in. What an experience.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    July 17, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    I did my high school there and I learned to love not just the school but the teachers and my classmates, it was a wonderful experience and had blessed my life as much as my mission. I understand I have to be obedient even if I do not personally agree with the decision made by general authorities, I did learn that at Benemerito. Hope things change with time and may have Benemerito back sometime, if it does not happen then at least I did what expected from a true lds member. Obedience is the first law in heaven. Take care of Benemerito and its legacy Elders and sisters, you have all of our support and prayers.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    July 17, 2013 10:44 a.m.


    City Creek and other investments help the Church stay on a sound financial footing so they can reach out into other nations. And it may be time for the Saints of Latin America to stay in their own communities and build the local education system. Something similar happened in Utah nearly a century ago. There used to be an LDS High School in Salt Lake City. It was dissolved, but seminaries were built near every high school in the region to provide religious instruction before, during and after school hours. Today, the internet has opened the possibility for personalized religious instruction on a global scale, and it is happening. We are stepping into another era.

    And as another poster has already noted, the PEF is an awesome way to help members of this international church become the best and most capable people they can be. Education is strongly encouraged and promoted by the LDS Church. Please join us in donating to the PEF.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 17, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    For those of us who have lived around the world with so many political decisions, I am grateful for the Church making the downtown Salt Lake City area the "Right Place" for visitors and guests to come visit. You go to Washington, D.C. and other areas of the world, commercial establishments have somewhat marred the beauty and majesty of historical and religious spots.

    The Church leaders are inspired and make decisions that impact all of us in God's ways. Thank goodness for the inspiration of President Hinckley and Bishop Burton and the men and women who worked on all these projects, including engineers, contractors, architects, city and state approval systems and of course, the people including families in this work.

    As President Spencer W. Kimball stated, the only thing that is constant is change is evident many years later.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    July 17, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Rhappy: I hope you are supporting the education of saints by making frequent and generous donations to the perpetual education fund. If you are not, than it seems a little hypocritical of you to be criticizing the Church's decisions on these matters.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    Perhaps they can accomplish both with soun investments.

  • rhappahannock Washington, DC
    July 17, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    So, the church ties up billions of dollars with the City Creek project. So, instead of keeping the high school and adding an MTC, they close the high school. I would rather support education of saints who need it than an overbuilt real-estate investment empire.