Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More Details And Local Media Reaction To The Announcement Of Five New LDS Temples To Be Constructed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released more details concerning the five proposed new LDS temples to be constructed in Rome, Kansas City (MO), Calgary, Philadelphia, and Cordoba (Argentina). The story has been published in the Mormon Times, the Deseret News, and the Salt Lake Tribune. The official LDS website contains more information about temples, to include their locations and their purpose.

In addition, I have found media stories from some of the locales where the temples will be built, and will reference them as a source of local reaction.

(1). Rome, Italy temple: To occupy part of a 15-acre church-owned site near the ring road skirting the northeast section of the city, and intended to better meet the spiritual needs of the church's 22,600 members in Italy, as well as others in the region. Although there are already 11 temples in Europe, this will be the first one in the Mediterranean Basin. I have found no Italian media reaction so far.

(2). Kansas City temple: The Kansas City Star published a brief factual story on this development. To be constructed on church-owned land in the Shoal Creek area of northeastern Kansas City, Missouri. This is just a few miles west of Liberty, Missouri, and is NOT to be interpreted as the Milennial Temple which LDS tradition holds will be constructed in Independence, Missouri just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

(3). Calgary temple: The Calgary Herald published a good story on this development. Designed to serve the needs of 18,000 Mormons in Calgary, amongst others, it is the third temple to be constructed in Alberta province (Cardston 1923 and Edmonton 1999). It will be located on church-owned land adjacent to its Royal Oak Chapel at 81 Royal Elm Dr. N.W. near the intersection with Rocky Ridge Road, in the northwest part of the city.

(4). Philadelphia temple: The Philadelphia Inquirer published a brief factual story on this development. The temple, the first in Pennsylvania, will be constructed on church-owned land in downtown Philadelphia in the 400 block of North Broad Street, near the intersection with Spring Street, and across from the Philadephia School District headquarters. It's designed to better meet the spiritual needs of the estimated 48,000 Mormons in Pennsylvania.

(5). Cordoba temple: To be situated on the Belgrano meetinghouse site, next to the present mission home of the church. Cordoba, with a population of 1,315,500, is considered the third most important city in Argentina. I found no local media stories on this development. However, considering that the Buenos Aires Temple is not that far away, the plans for a Cordoba Temple strongly imply that not only is the church growing fast in northern Argentina, but so much so that the Buenos Aires Temple is rapidly approaching its "saturation" threshold; the demand for its use will exceed its capacity.

Normally, it takes anywhere from three to five years from the time a temple is first announced until it is finished and formally dedicated. Prior to dedication, the LDS Church customarily holds a one to two-week open house, during which all members of the public may visit and tour the facility. Tours last about two hours and include a short video explaining the basic mission of the church. But after a temple is formally dedicated, it is then open only to devout Mormons; namely, those who possess a temple recommend issued by the bishop after a personal worthiness interview.

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