LDS Meridian Idaho Temple artist's rendering released

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    May 19, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    Legos? Submarines? Wedding Cakes? I can think of worse examples: i.e., the giant taffy pull the Community of Christ built in Independence, MO. But all kidding aside, we'd be better off concentrating on their purpose--which in most cases, the architecture enhances (even though some of us, including myself, have preferences one over another.)

    The "small talk" may be fun, but the profound spiritual experience offered inside and out should be the thing we remember and talk about most.

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2013 11:51 p.m.


    I agree! Sometimes a compacted design can represent solidity, firmness, and strength. I enjoy the design for it's unique quality (like what I mentioned before), but I also like it for the same reason you mention.

  • bob j Maryborough, 00
    May 18, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    As I look at the pictures / photo's of these beautiful Temples, it causes me to compare with those here in Australia. Never-the-less, no matter what they look like, the purpose is the same and that is all that really matters.

  • SlackTime SAN ANTONIO, TX
    May 18, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    It is a beautiful temple. Even nicer, is that functionally it looks more like a larger temple than the recent emphasis on small temples. That means; probably a cafeteria, probably clothing rental, expanded laundry, simultaneous sessions, etc. I love my small temple here in San Antonio, but I grew up with the large temple in Mesa Arizona, so I know the difference in the services able to be provided by a larger temple. The Saints in Meridian are probably very grateful, I applaud the look, and the design! Besides, Cardston, Mesa Arizona, and the Laie, Hawaii temples, have always been among my favorite designs. Now I get to add Meridian Idaho to that list.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    May 18, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    I love it! It looks compact and powerfull, just like the Submarines I've served on.

  • apache1 Phoenix, AZ
    May 17, 2013 2:43 p.m.

    The temple looks big and thick and more like an office building, attractive to an architect, I give this design an e for effort.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 17, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    @ Hutterite
    See San Diego Temple.... very unLego-like.

    But seriously this is about how I feel about cars. People rant and rave over their cool design and I look at them and think. It's a car... a chunk of metal. It gets me places.

    The purpose is what matters, not what it looks like. :)

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:00 p.m.


    First: Seriously? Who doesn't love legos?

    Second: I actually REALLY like this design. I've liked every design I've seen. Rome and Pennsylvania are just awesome!

    Third: If you saw a building that looked like it was made out of giant legos, would you not want to go inside? I suspect you would. I would. I'm fairly sure the child inside all of us wants a giant lego building.

    I know you don't like my faith, maybe even us members, but a lot of skill and art goes into making the temple a beautiful place. I invite you to enjoy our beautiful structures even if you don't enjoy the company of those who build them. Temple Square has a lot to offer, even if you avoid talking to anyone. It's a great place simply for enjoying the grounds, the buildings, and the 'away from downtown' feel. If you don't feel you'd enjoy it for any of those reasons, I'd at least suggest it as a place of peace.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    Hutterite: Some people are just so unhappy and bitter.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 16, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    These facilities always take on dimensions as if they were constructed out of basic lego blocks, or an assortment of similar sized cardboard boxes. It must a functionality requirement.