It brings tears to my eyes hearing how the members react to the announcement of
new temples and where they are. Remember when the Rome, Italy, temple was
announced! And the Washington County, Utah, temple! We love our temples! We
are close to shouting, "Hosanna!"
"Seems like the LDS culture promotes reverence and shouting out in a meeting
isn't encouraged anywhere else.""Reverence" does
not mean silence. It means "deep respect for someone or something."
Sometimes a little volume is required to truly be reverent. One of my favorite
stories is the account in Luke 19: 37-40 about Jesus' triumphal entry into
Jerusalem. "And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent
of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice
and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in
heaven, and glory in the highest."And some of the Pharisees from
among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered
and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the
stones would immediately cry out."Let's just say when
temples are announced for a person's home or place of missionary service,
the presence of God grows so close that if some Saints did not shout out in joy,
the very stones would cry out.
I get that people are excited when a temple is announced in their area but the
outbursts in conference surprise me. Seems like the LDS culture promotes
reverence and shouting out in a meeting isn't encouraged anywhere else. I
will admit that we did make comments as they were being announced and was
especially excited for the Philippines as I have many friends there.Maybe I am just getting old and all you young whippersnappers need to stay off
>>What is the membership growth looking like?The Church
hasn't updated its facts and statistics page for 2018 yet (haven't
reached the end of the year); but --Year Total Membership201315,082,028201415,372,337201515,634,199201615,882,417201716,118,169So 1.1 million new members over five years as of
last December. A bit of a slowdown towards the end, but still a good rate of
growth. The church wouldn't be building new temples if the total membership
wasn't growing. And note that some of these new temples will be in
countries where the church previously hasn't had many members (India,
Cambodia, etc). I think that's a good sign.For those who wish
the church's growth was more explosive (or who want to criticize it for not
being more explosive), remember that this is a global church and truly explosive
growth would create all kinds of logistical issues that we're probably not
ready to manage. So moderate-and-steady growth is more desirable at this point.
When I was a youngster there were just ten temples. Years would pass before
even one new temple would be announced. We lived in Bountiful when our stake
president (an attorney) was sent to Mexico to negotiate with the Mexican
government to build the first temple in that country (and all of South America).
Prior to the revelation on the Black people and the priesthood, and prior to
the Berlin wall coming down, some church leaders said these things would happen,
but not during our lifetimes. Now I have witnessed an acceleration of temple
growth, the inclusion of worthy members of ALL nationalities, as well as
adjustments to the way things are done, to accommodate a world wide membership.
This is truly an amazing time to be alive!It has been said that we
can choose to join in the work or not, but we cannot stop the work of the Lord.
I like being a part of it, how about you?
I think he meant to say Washington County and I’m not sure.
So happy for Davao, Philippines. Now when done, they won’t have to travel
to Manila and Cebu which is a long ways from Davao and with it being a
impoverished nation it is so hard for them to travel. God bless the Philippines
and the church.
I think he meant to say Wasatch County not Washington but I’m not sure.
Like a stone hand cut from a mountain rolling forth. What is the membership
growth looking like?
This fulfills past prophecies of temples dotting the globe. Isn't this