More than 400,000 attend Mormon temple open house in Arizona

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  • DMcOmber Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    In response to those who wonder why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spends money on temples when the money could go to the poor - Christ gives us a great reason in Matthew 26:6-11: "Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always." We build these buildings to honor Jesus Christ - to worship him and to follow his commandments and teachings. We build them after the manner they were built in the Bible. Aside from that, we also believe in helping the poor and are among the first organizations to jump in and help both here and around the world.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    Feb. 26, 2014 4:17 p.m.


    Ha! Ha! Those that didn't want the temple in their neighborhood/town in order to limit the 'evil' spread of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints did not achieve their goal!


    Feb. 26, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    One other interesting detail in Scott's photo is the reflected light at the feet of the people waiting in line--metaphorically, somewhat like walking into the light. I don't know if a little "burning" of the people in line to lighten their features a bit would improve the photo, but it may be interesting to compare a print tweaked in such a manner side by side with this one. (Scott may have already played with that, but we photographers like to speculate a bit.) Overall, I agree with Kjirstin. Not much to criticize about this photo!

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    Yes. Twin Lights is right.

    Often, land is owned by members who donate it to the Church for a temple. Some land has been owned by the Church for many years in preparation for a future temple. I know of no organization more adept at getting the highest quality for the least amount of money. Many skilled craftspersons continue to donate their labor for the privilege of having their work honor the Lord. Holiness to the Lord is reality here.

    Scott Adair's photo is wonderful. The reflected sidewalk light and balance of outside lighting make it look as if the sunset is shining through the temple-almost as if it glows from within through alabaster walls. One photographer to another-nice work, Scott.

  • che1968 Exton, PA
    Feb. 25, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    Those who truly do not understand the purposes of temples, would measure the physical costs. Salvation and Exaltation was paid by an eternal price, but has limitless value. There is no comparison between physical costs and and the value of a soul. One is finite, the other priceless.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:24 a.m.


    You might buy the land for 1/10 the cost but the total construction cost would not really change that much. Land is a factor in construction cost but rarely the controlling factor especially where the building is not done speculatively (looking for tenants after the building is done). In most situations I deal with (which are not church type buildings) land is perhaps 20% of the total construction cost and often less. Location, access, etc. are the real drivers for most new construction. This is especially true for single tenant buildings (and I suppose a temple would qualify as such).

    For a temple, some of the question becomes can the members access it well (by all means of transportation used locally)? Also, will the location best serve the member population (both now and in the near future)?

  • sukiyhtaky us, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    Just think if they located temples out of the large cities ie Philly, Rome, etc where land costs are exhorbitant out to outlying areas where they could build at 1/10 the cost. The result? Ten times more temples OR the same amount of temples and perhaps some housing for homeless and/or low income. Of course, then the 'private investors' would miss out on the investment opportunity to build across the street from a temple and smack dab above a meetinghouse with multiple-million dollar condos and retail space---exactly what Jesus had in mind when he was clearing the money changers from the temple I'm sure.

  • my two cents777 ,
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    We drove 400 miles to tour the Temple and it was a wonderfully spiritual experience. We included our two small granddaughters ; aged 4 and 5 and we had worried about their ability to remain quiet and reverent but they felt the spirit, too, and were very reverent. Our 11 year old swore never to marry anywhere but in the Temple after seeing a sealing room. Thanks to the Lord for loving us and allowing us to share his most beautiful Temple. Awe inspiring.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    I love temple open houses and the wonderful Spirit present in our temples. I have often wished that the open house would be a little longer (perhaps double the time of the open house), that less people were in the temple at any one time, and that there were less waiting in lines. I feel my family could enjoy the sweet spirit there to a greater degree if it were a little less rushed. I'm not trying to steady the ark by this comment, just a thought I have had on several occasions. Perhaps allow people to just sit in the temple for an hour or two, if wished, and ponder the House of God and soak in the Spirit without being in a line or feeling like someone is hurrying them on to the next room.