In India, the story of the India LDS temple announcement is revealed

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  • Jonkx 520001, 00
    April 28, 2018 7:48 a.m.

    There could not be more farcical then these cult like, self aggrandizing entities that sprung up around the world.

    The mission is not to help people or lift them from poverty but to increase their own wealth, brand name and make these poor people contribute to spend on multi-million structure/buildings.

    How sad is this religion thing that makes people lose their senses.

  • Jonkx 520001, 00
    April 28, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    Great news but it makes me wonder all the godmen in this world are nothing but self aggrandizing.

    As aptly stated, their purpose is not to take people out of poverty but let them be downtrodden and mislead them and in the end blame it on the lord saying lord if he blesses he giveth. These churches/temples are nothing but to increase membership and influence and convert the ordinary innocent folks.

    Is there a real purpose in building these multi-milliion dollar structures only to prove that god resides. How much is it costing and how much is a common man cutting corners and contributing to these useless structures.

    When will people come to their senses and stop paying heed to the misleading godmen of this world. All the common folks are doing is making a better life for the so called leaders of the organizations .

    The east is the spiritual center of enlightenment and does this country really need another philosophy to lead life. Indians are most misguided, disillusioned people not knowing what to follow and what to recognize and therefore easy targets for all these foreign cults.

    Wake up people, wake up and realize how you are being taken ride in the name of god and religion.

  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    April 21, 2018 8:28 p.m.

    “The Lord told me on the eve of conference: ‘Announce a temple in India.’ … That was the Lord's doing.” And verily it came to pass, thus saith the lord.

  • Michael_M Scottsbluff, NE
    April 21, 2018 11:48 a.m.

    “Our approach is to take the poverty out of the people, not the people out of the poverty,” he said. “As we teach them that God loves them and as they keep his commandments, they will have joy in their life and they will be liberated from the bondage, not only of sin but of deprivation."

    So how well has that worked with American Indians? Has the Book of Mormon really helped the Lamanites blossom as the rose? Tribal lands still hold the highest poverty levels in the United States. Seems the keystone scripture of the LDS church hasn't blessed the lives of the very people it was written for. Pardon me for having doubts about prosperity gospel preaching in India.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    April 20, 2018 11:23 p.m.

    "Get all the education you can" was often heard coming out of the mouth of President Hinckley.

    As the prophet, seer & revelator of the Lord, it was also by his authority that covenants saints made with God were sealed in God's Holy House.

    Covenants saints have long made with their Father, none has been more important than, "Be fruitful, multiply & replenish the earth....(with 'little ones', which all begin as babies).

    In Mark 10:14, regarding his very own disciples who rebuked those who brought their own little ones to Jesus, it says Jesus was "much displeased"!

    Elsewhere, Jesus told his people, "Ye should have done the one, and not have left the other undone!

    So it is here--we need not, we should not sacrifice having many children, fulfilling God's command to be fruitful, to "get all the education we can."

    For sure, it would be unwise for us to subordinate the commandment of God (being fruitful in having many chkldren), to gain knowledge, riches & accolades of this world.

    "Behold, ye do love $, & your substance, & your fine apparel (etc)".

    These things are transitory, temporary. Families are forever (unless we quit having children)! I'd rather have more, than less!

  • clasiklmuzikbiz Tulsa, OK
    April 20, 2018 1:06 p.m.

    wonderful pictures; I especially enjoyed seeing LDS members gathered for worship. Great article altogether .

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    April 20, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    @Bobby Paluga, who said "“Our approach is to take the poverty out of the people, not the people out of the poverty,”

    I have no idea what steps Pres Nielsen has planned to implement his ideas, but I do hope that he can fully understand the most important reason for poverty in India, It’s overpopulation, the same maledy crippling Brazil, and most of Africa."

    Bobby, I disagree. Having many children is something both India and Africa are doing right!

    Why is it, that we succumb to the philosophies of man, and fail to trust in the commandments of God?

    God did not say, "Be fruitful, multiply & replenish the earth..." until you have too many.

    Rather, God declared—

    For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited...

    —Isaiah 45:18

    — AND —

    14 I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine.

    15 And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine.

    17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things,...

    —D&C 104:14-15, 17

  • Larry M. Arnoldsen Orem, UT
    April 20, 2018 11:45 a.m.

    60 yrs ago I had a roommate at BYU from India. His father was then India's secretary of education and had asked his son to go to BYU and see what he thought of Mormons. He attended a "normal ward" in Provo.

    I asked him what he had told his dad. He had told him about a special feeling that was at BYU, and the caring way he was treated by the people, by university students, by professors, better than Oxford, or England where he had received a bachelor's degree. He was doing a master's degree at BYU, and then was going to Harvard for a PH.D.

    He wanted to return to BYU and be on the faculty. He didn't.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    April 20, 2018 9:12 a.m.

    As a prominent woman from Sengal said about "do gooders" in Africa, "please go home." If you want to help us help us establish actuary offices so we can document private property rights and establish capitalism and free enterprise. Capitalism being introduced to many nations (including China( has resulted in the poverty rate going from 1 in 4 in the past couple of decades to 1 in 20. Socialism is a big drag on any economy. India is improving on these things and will be an important economy. It is certainly an excellent destination for our missionaries. A neighbor boy had a wonderful mission in Bengalura.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 20, 2018 8:55 a.m.

    If anyone has questions about how the Lord buoys up his prophet read the last few verses of Section 89 in the D&C starting with verse 18 to the end. Also Section 84 verse 33. From these verses you can see what the Lord promises. Sister Nelson is seeing the actual result of these promises. How cool is that? And guess what, these verses not only apply to the prophet, but apply to everyone.

  • Casey See Camarillo, CA
    April 20, 2018 8:54 a.m.


    You stated that overpopulation was what was plaguing Brazil and Africa. If that is the case, then you must say the same for the USA. Brazil's population is 120 million less than the USA's population and is the same size land wise as the lower 48 United States. Africa's population is 1.2 Billion people. Land mass is 1.73 Million square miles. The USA's population is 326 Million and a land mass of 3.8 Million square miles. This means the USA population density per square mile is basically the same as Africa's population density per square mile.

    No, I wouldn't say that overpopulation is an issue in Brazil and not really in Africa. It is poverty, corruption, disease, and ethnic issues are the main problems in these two regions. India has both a population issue and a poverty issue to deal with. Until they learn to remove racism (caste system) from their collective mentality (which we are still dealing with here), I don't think the country as a whole will be able to eliminate the poverty issues.

    India is doing one thing right though. They are placing a huge emphasis on education in hopes that education will help them rise out of poverty.

  • M_Hawke Golden, CO
    April 20, 2018 8:06 a.m.

    @BobbyPaluga as stated in the article, it is to give them the gospel of Jesus Christ. I respectfully suggest that perhaps you missed the point.

    I haven't stopped smiling since Pres. Nelson became the prophet. It is such a joy to watch this man work.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 20, 2018 7:52 a.m.

    When I worked with a variety of great engineers from India for ten years who weren’t members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints, but they loved to go to Temple Square during their Saturday off-work time.

    Many of them would state that they felt a different Spirit there as they walked around the grounds and visited the various displays and visitor centers, including the Tabernacle and Conference Center.

    Some of them were here for the Oquirrah Mountain Temple Open House and they wanted to able to go inside the Temple. They have so much respect for Temples in their religions and culture. They were thrilled to be able to attend the Open House.

    They know now what it means to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints today.

    President Hinckley was a blessing to the people of India to move forward with the people of India. Presidents Monson and Nelson have worked in their various ways over decades to be a part of this inspired work going forward.

  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    April 19, 2018 11:58 p.m.

    “Our approach is to take the poverty out of the people, not the people out of the poverty,”

    I have no idea what steps Pres Nielsen has planned to implement his ideas, but I do hope that he can fully understand the most important reason for poverty in India, It’s overpopulation, the same maledy crippling Brazil, and most of Africa.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    April 19, 2018 8:40 p.m.

    Wonderful blessing for the nation of India, & saints (members) there to get their 1st temple!

    On the issue of poverty, I hope that the saints in India don't put their trust in the "arm of flesh" (& also "lean to their own understanding"). If they "trust in God", as Nephi strongly advocates, keeping God's commandments, including (& especially) the commandment given by God to "be fruitful, multiply & replenish the earth", God will prosper them in ways that those who don't adhere to this principle (& who can), aren't as greatly blessed.

    I worry about members, both in the US, & especially outside it, who are tempted to subscribe rather to the traditions & commandments of men, rather than to the counsel & commandments of God, & get their education, & better paying jobs, figuratively sacrificing their children (that is, the # they don't have), so they can afford these.

    Certainly, President Nelson, father of 10, who began (& continued) having a big family, while in college, medical school, & a medical residency, knows & shows us how this can (& should) be done. We need to "suffer little children (babies) to come unto us, & forbid them not," as Jesus commends! Larger families bless us!

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    April 19, 2018 7:30 p.m.

    Sister Wendy Nelson said of her husband, " He is doing so well. I just watch him getting happier and younger as the trip goes on. The "man at the pulpit" spoke with clarity, boldness and focus. I watch the Lord move upon him in a most remarkable way."
    To be able to watch in action our new Prophet has been an amazing experience and to have the one person by his side that knows him better than anyone else, his wonderful wife Wendy, is a blessing for all the church members. President Nelson is acting like she says, "a seventy three old man." What an inspiring world trip for the church to watch unfold.

  • dmb Lehi, UT
    April 19, 2018 7:12 p.m.

    Just looking into the faces of these Indian Saints - is inspiring! How grateful I am to LDS families who send missionaries, sacrifice being away from them, and so people around the world have the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How inspiring it is to hear from President Nelson and his vision for the gospel to go to all corners of the earth.