I'm a mormon but am completely alarmed at the fact our church is becoming a
real estate mogul. I'm aware we've owned millions of acres of farms
but for some reason for me having them go into SLC and Philly and Own
multi-million dollar malls and buildings makes me feel like this is more of a
corporation than a church.
No, I think the truth is that Philly is a pretty rough city. The Church realizes
that it has to buy up and develop the land around the new temple to keep the
area safer and nicer. That's why the mall was built in Salt Lake - to
preserve the area around Temple Square from further decay. The same thing is
also happening in Ogden, where the temple is undergoing a complete renovation.
The second paragraph stated a "private investor" is building the
apartment etc., not the LDS Church. Birder is correct, the neighborhoods near
Temples need to safe and inviting, especially when, in the future, the Temples
will be running 24 hours a day.
I think that Birder is exactly right. The Church is seeking to develop that land
into something positive. And I do not think that residents are complaining about
the 1500+ jobs being created. That is always a benefit.
I trust president monson is making good decisions. I really don't worry
about it. I love what the church has done to city creek. They greatly improved
the city and simultaneously are giving millions to the poor each year through
jobs they otherwise would not have. Win win!
Coloreader: What? We should read the article before rushing to conclusions?
I'm sorry that you are so alarmed... FYI... The Church owns thousands of
chapels around the world and over 140 temples. It also invests in money making
ventures. The ultimate goal of such investments is financial stability and a
stable platform upon which to spread the Gospel throughout the world and assist
its members to live healthy and happy lives. The construction of the new
Philadelphia Temple is a significant expense for the Church and will bless the
lives of members and non members alike. Such an investment is deserving of our
very best efforts to protect and enhance its environs. The construction of the
meetinghouse next to the Temple will also bless the lives of thousands of
individuals. The residential apartment building is being developed by PRI and
not directly by the Church. Personally, I am glad that the Church has the
vision to make strategic investments that help to better our communities and
protect their original investments.
To SLC_Mormon I will take your word for it that you are Mormon but you clearly
do not know much about the history of this church. From it's very founding
the church has been involved in all sorts of developments, they developed
Kirtland Ohio that was on the very western frontier of the nation at the time,
built a temple, had a bank, ran a mill and a farm lands, they moved west and
developed land in Missouri, built a massive city bigger than Chicago in
Illinois, came to Salt Lake and developed the desert, had banks, the first
department store sent settlers to Las Vegas, Carson City, San Francisco, San
Diego. This is a church that builds, develops and makes places better, it is an
industrious church that moves on several fronts and all of these things allow
the church to further it's work to share its message, help its members,
feed the poor and assist in times of need all around the world. It is a church
that embraces the Parable of the Talents and does not sit idle. It's also
a church that does all of these things without going into debt.
Hey, I get it: it seems weird for a church to be in the real estate business.
But consider:1) Commercial properties are not tax-exempt like religious
properties.2) Tithing is not used in these projects.3) Development
around temples in urban areas helps prevent blight.4) This isn't
anything close to those megachurches with Starbucks and dance clubs inside them.
The religious and commercial are clearly differentiated.5) The building
will exemplify the very best in mixed-use urban design, which helps reduce car
dependence. Hopefully it will also have a LEED certification, and with Robert A.
M. Stern as architect, I wouldn't be surprised.So...other than the
fact that it seems odd, is there anything actually WRONG with this?
Didn't urban decay ruin all the real estate around the Johannesburg temple
since it was built? Now the surrounding area is riddled with crime and has
become an inner city sort of environment. Good idea to try and do what you can
to keep the area around the temple from blight.
SLC - Calm down. Everything will be ok. If our government managed
its money/resources like the LDS Church does, we would all be much better off.
I'd bet philly would benefit more from something besides a pre qualified
enclave designed to displace reality from a temple area. Nonetheless, keeping up
appearances is important to the corporation. Either way, it doesn't matter.
We've been told what will happen. The accountability is nil on these
decisions because the righteousness is understood by faithful (contributors) as
absolute and compliance is expected.
SLC_Mormon said, in part, "...for some reason for me having them (the LDS
Church) go into SLC and Philly and Own multi-million dollar malls and buildings
makes me feel like this is more of a corporation than a church."Don't worry. The (LDS) Church and the gospel are still "true"
(i.e., God's divinely sanctioned organization here on earth). The
'Corporation' part is kept together sufficiently financially and
management wise, I gather, and apparently tolerated by the "Man
Upstairs" enough, despite a lot of things that often seem not always so wise
that go on sometimes among the many sub-entities that are under it's
over-arching umbrella.So many decisions among both employees under
the Corporation of the President (of the Church), as well as some things that
also sometimes happen among members and ecclesiastical authorities at all levels
in the (LDS) Church, sometimes seem to reflect the fallible human nature we are
all susceptible to. But, we pray that the Lord will still be merciful to those
among whom social politics sometimes seem to prevail, where we suppose the
Lord's will should prevail more (instead).
This is wonderful. I have glad the church is expanding its investments. this
creates greater stability, creates jobs and builds the church reputation as a
whole. Tithing is not used in these type of ventures. And as always, and i
mean always in my book. If Pres Monson bottom lines it, then it is way good
enough for me. He da Man!!
From lds.orgJesus was protective of the sanctity of his
Father’s house. In the very early days of his ministry, he cleansed the
Temple court of the merchandisers and money changers. (See John 2:13–16.)
Then during his final week in mortality, he again “went into the temple of
God, cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the
tables of the money changers.” (Matt. 21:12.)Irony?
PRI is owned by the Church basically so there is little difference. Having said
that, i have no problem with the LDS Church (or any other for that matter) using
its extra funds to invest in future returns that will allow it a steady stream
of income to fulfill its mission.
This is an amazing story! After all of the stories in the news recently about
the all out war on religion in America, getting something like this built in a
major east coast city seems nothing short of a miracle, especially, during a
Some of the real estate is undoubtedly for the temple presidency and full time
missionary couples sent out to serve as the core of temple workers.
Probably saved the church a great deal of money to obtain a wonderful place to
build another Temple. Wise and inspired use of sacred funds!
@ birder, Philly isn't "a pretty rough city", no more than any
other major U.S. city. And the area the temple is in is elite territory. The
first location picked for the temple was on the edge of a less desirable area,
but the Church moved to the Franklin Parkway. I'm not sure
what to think about this - it's more than building a chapel or a facility
for Church purposes. Apologists should be slow to condemn commenters like
"SLC_Mormon" who raise legitimate questions about these types of
projects, even if it might be a joint venture with others.
By the way, I find it interesting that the DesNews didn't "break"
the story. It came from Philly. I saw it yesterday, way before it showed up
here, and here it's still only an AP story. Was this paper asleep, or was
it supposed to happen on the QT? When relatively minor administrative decisions
are touted and shouted from the rooftops, I am surprised this news didn't
get more attention from the Church-owned newspaper, Even now, it's in the
Faith section. Very odd, if you ask me.
We have made many real estate mistakes in the past but those days are gone, the
Church makes slow and deliberate decisions and does them in cash, no debt to
worry about, so I trust the Church to make wise choices and I see this as only
helping to improve Phili and improve the Church in the area. If the Church
loses money, then it does, and it will have been worth it to improve conditions
in this historical town.
The Church acted in a most responsible manner with the reconstruction of the
Nauvoo Temple. Anyone familiar with what the area was like before and after
could see the difference. Maybe in Manhattan and Hong Kong the Temple is the
only building footprint affected by the Church's decision to build, but
that is not the case in very many places. Those who want to criticize the
doctrine also want to criticize the corporate decisions, too. That's no
surprise, especially when the criticism is to condemn those who support the
Church and also the Corporation.This project will only benefit the
City. I know; I've been there recently. Have you?
I think SLC Mormon's attitude is a healthy one.Lord Acton
warned us that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts
absolutely." When LDS members place blind, unquestioning trust in Church
leaders, they are enabling absolute power. SLC Mormon is questioning. That is a
healthy check on the development of absolute power and the corruption it
engenders.The more wealthy and powerful the LDS Church becomes, the
more concerned and watchful members (and non members) must be.
The LDS Church owns a lot of property and a lot of businesses. Each business is
expected to turn a profit. Tithes are not used to build businesses. Profits,
which are taxed, are used to build Church owned businesses. Those who jab and
poke at the Church for creating businesses that employ people and make the lives
of individuals more enjoyable seem to have no understanding of the mind and will
of the head of the LDS Church, who is Jesus Christ, the Savior. His mission is
to make like better for all who accept His doctrine. That building, with the
rents received for the apartments will turn a profit and it will give those who
rent space in that building a safe and enjoyable place to live or work.
Let's see the federal government has spend $17 Trillion and made few
improvements to this country. So, why not people of faith and companies use
their money to improve neighborhoods and build up this country.As we
have seen from Senator Reid, Mayor Naggin, John Swallow etc. When politicians
get around money they seem to put most of it in their pocket, while demanding
that everyone else be more charitable and eat healthier.
To "SLC_Mormon" you act as if this is something new? As others have
pointed out, the church has had commercial interests from the very beginning.
It may be a shock to you to learn this, but the LDS church as radio stations, TV
stations, Universities, newspaper, Book publisher, an insurance company, and a
retirement financing company, in addition to the realestate holdings.What you probably don't know is that the church uses the profits from its
business holdings for charitable work by the LDS Foundation. The Foundation has
been a significant contributor to the new LDS Hospital wing, the new Primary
Children's Medical Center, the new Holy Cross Hospital, the Salvation Army,
Saint Vincent De Paul Center soup kitchen for the homeless, the Salt Lake City
Homeless Shelter, the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, the United Way, and related
organizations. Income from Church business operations permits participation in
local community causes without using the tithing of members from around the
world.Why condem them for using businesses to further aid the needy?
You hit the nail right on the head Esquire. They run a story about
a 7" foot Alaskan getting Married in the Temple front page on the internet
site and a story about a LDS Temple/Apartment/Office Skyscraper being built in
the heart of Philly is relegated to the Religion section? Now when was the last
time the D-News or KSL for that matter did something like that? I
am fully aware this paper and KSL are Church owned, they can print any thing
they want and usually news like this is front page. To me this looks like an
attempt to not promote this to it's Utah/Western members. So what gives?
@J Thompson"Seem to have no understanding of the mind and will of the
head of the LDS Church, who is Jesus Christ, the Savior."Jesus
didn't start a carpentry business and proclaim that hiring a bunch of
workers while making a good profit was his purpose.The church can do
what it wants, but let's not pretend that starting a business is a
spiritual pursuit... (or that putting twice as much money into a shopping center
than it puts towards humanitarian aid in the past 20 years, is an organization
whose primary purpose is charity).
......in elite territory.But, of course.
@ ScientistIf what you say is true, where is your expressed concern
about the Pope, then? All you seem to want to do is hammer the LDS.Questioning those in charge may be healthy at times, but usually it just shows
a lack of trust, faith and confidence. Similarly, complaining can at times be
therapeutic but usually is just counter productive.There are those
who we can always count on to be negative to all things LDS and by so doing they
have become easy to ignore and have become irrelevant. That's a pity
because they may have a good point occasionally, but not every comment, every
story, every time. That's because they appear to be totally agenda driven
and just anti- to everything. And they support others in that same vein to the
point it reinforces that perception, sorry to say.
Zion is where the LDS pay their bills. Everywhere the LDS people live and work
make my community better. They keep the sabbath day and their children are
leaders in the grade, intermediate and high schools here in town. They are good
examples to our children and for the most part make better choices than others.
They do not smoke or drink or use profane language. Why wouldn't we want
more of these citizens in our communities? If our government leaders ran
their civil servant jobs as well as these church leaders, our country would not
be in less debt and have a greater citizenry of self reliant workers than
government dependent unemployed.Good for the LDS church and this project.
Giving people jobs and a hand up rather than a hand out on the government dole.
To "atl134" but starting a business can be a spiritual persuit.According to the Book of Mormon, wealth can be a good thing if your intent is
right. Jacob 2:19 states "And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye
shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do
good, to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive,
and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted." Explain how you can
seek riches without building up a business? Plus, think of it this way what is
the best way to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, or administer to the sick and
afflicted? Do we help the needy better by giving them stuff or by employing
them allowing them to earn a living?
To Thinking_Clearly: Explain to me again how the illegal Kirtland Safety Society
(bank) was a boon to the development of Kirtland?
Thrilled with the news that the Church is expanding it's influence, and
that the local public leadership is welcoming the venture. Not only will it
create construction jobs, but in the near and long term, there will be
employment opportunities for hundreds, if not thousands. It will only add
grandeur to an already beautiful location. At 32 stories it will be a highlight
to the skyline, and if the architecture is reflexive of the city and it's
history, will be a gracious addition. Also with a meetinghouse in the downtown
area, it will effectively serve a growing inner city membership that is public
transportation dependent. For the City of Philadelphia, this must be a
"sight for sore eyes", taking a low tax producing property and making it
a better tax producing property.
@Redshirt1701[Jacob 2:19 states "And after ye have obtained a hope in
Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the
intent to do good, to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate
the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted."]Sadly a decent number of Christians (obviously the non-LDS use different
verses/basis) think that riches are something that come with being faithful
(prosperity gospel)."Do we help the needy better by giving them
stuff or by employing them allowing them to earn a living?"Depends what sort of wages are being offered. In some third world nations, for
instance, the exploitation of their labor leaves the workers one step above
slavery. In the U.S. we do have companies that deliberately pay their workers so
little that they can be subsidized by the rest of us (through food stamps,
etc.). I'm not going to pretend to know what workers at City Creek make.
The ScientistWere you talking about the LDS Church, or President
To "atl134" regardless of the wages paid, which is better. Simply
giving the poor and needy money or is it better to give them a job where they
can gain skills and move into jobs that do a better job supporting them and
their family.Did you know that in the US we have workers that have
no desire to improve themselves with new and more desireable skills? Did you
know that the government subsidizes workers who's career goal is to flip
burgers and take out the trash?So again, tell me which is best, do
we seek riches with the intent to help the poor, or do we abhor riches and just
give the poor stuff?
Much ado over nothing.
@Open and honestIrony? NO. No money changing or commercial business
goes on in the temple.Perhaps you visit an LDS temple, or atleast
the visitors center, and learn about LDS temples.
The Mormon flourish, and no body can't stop it, get use of it.
RE: Redshirt1701, Jacob 2:19…,"if ye seek them; and ye will seek them
for the intent to do good, to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to
liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the
afflicted."The Mormon church has no hospitals and only a handful
of primary schools. Its university system is limited BYU in Utah, Idaho and
Hawaii, and LDS Business College. Seminaries and institutes for high school
students and single adults offer religious studies for hundreds of thousands.In contrast, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which had about 17
million members a year ago, appears to be getting a better return on investment:
It builds smaller meeting houses and lots of schools and hospitals. "The Seventh-day Adventists clearly have a much more expansive
humanitarian project in terms of building hospitals and medical schools and
schools and universities and long-term developmental infrastructure around the
world," Aug 13, 2012 ,Enter comment
BirderI see why they would want to buy the block next to the temple
because maybe its a rough neighborhood but what about the block adjacent to the
mall or the one next to that? Where does it stop? If we can convince ourselves
that building malls are what God wants then what could be next... All this money going into developments when I know first hand that in many
wards around the world members are going hungry. I talked to a bishop in Africa
and he said 60% of his members don't have enough money to feed their
families. When I hear that I feel like this building is a bit unimportant to
Just because Jesus beat up the money changers doesn't mean that the
Heavenly Father is averse to making a little prophet.I think it's
great that the LDS church makes money. Why shouldn't they?They have
as much right to capitalist endeavors as any other entity in this wonderful
country. That's what made this country great!
Whatever the benefits and whatever the good will come of it, it getting harder
and harder to see where the Mormon concept of "Kingdom of God" resembles
very much the "Kingdom of God" that the Galilean peasant taught along
the dusty back roads among the downtrodden poor and marginalized.
@ atl134Yes it is true that Jesus was not ostentatious while in his
mortal ministry. He was born in a stable. No opulence there. His mortal mother
was forced to travel from her hometown of Nazareth to pay taxes/tribute to the
powerful world government. The only visitors that Holy night were shepherds in a
stable where animals gave place in a manger. Jesus is now a
glorified resurrected being. He is the Son of the Most High, Man of Holiness.
We see 'Holiness to the Lord' etched in stone on His Temples.If
you think his authorized servants, the Quorum of the First Presidency and the
Quorum of the Council of the Twelve, have business acumen, you are right.These small business ventures in creating architectural splendor against
the backdrop of the building blight of inner cities will be as nothing compared
to the profusion of abundance to be displayed at His second coming in clouds of
@esquire. Actually, Philly can be pretty rough in certain stats. For example its
murder rate is higher, numbers wise, to Chicago, NYC, and LA even though it has
fewer people. Though the area near the temple is definitely not one of those
rougher areasAs for the building. Another article I read mentioned
it was to keep with the promise of investing in Philadelphia made with the city
earlier. I'm pretty happy about it, personally. Philly could use the boost,
especially with it's high unemployment rate compared to the rest of the
Those that are criticizing the building of the tower do not understand at all
how the finances of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints actually
works.One poster above mentions that most of a ward in Africa is
having trouble meeting their financial needs. What they fail to understand is
that there are budget matters that allows the ward/branch to meet its
obligations pertaining to their sacrament attendance. Fast offerings are used
to assist those who are in need. It only a temporary solution, not a permanent
solution. The LDS Church teaches self-reliance. Unfortunately, the United
States welfare program decides we as a nation give to the poor but fails to
teach anything else.The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches that a man is
reliant upon himself and thus the LDS Church tries to meet these needs on a
temporary basis. Once they are able to become more reliant then less assistant
is required. The perpetual education fund is what helps some of these
individuals to become self-reliant. You don't just throw money out there
and hope to get someone out of trouble. It takes a lot of sacrifice.
Open and honest,I'm against selling a market in the temple,
"selling salvation" if you will. I'm not against buildings homes
next door. In fact, I love the idea. Does that make me horrible? No.If you don't have the spirit with you, you'll never understand the
Perhaps this is a benevolent gesture to add low income housing to downtown
Philly? Lets hope so because I don't think Jesus would look kindly on more
housing for the 1%. I'm going to think positively and believe it is.
It would seem that every time the church announces a project red flags start
waiving all over the place. The buildings are eventually built, the surrounding
area is greatly enhanced and then the 'nay' sayers hang on the edge of
their seat waiting for the next announcement to be made so that more criticism
can be voiced and more complaints can be filed.For a generation now
we have tried to enforce the notion that religion must be confined to Sunday
mornings and securely locked behind sanctuary doors so as not to disturb the
population at large. We have successfully removed the notions of right and
wrong from society and now are wondering why our politicians are so
untrustworthy.The LDS church seems to have vision. They preach of
improving lives, so let them work to build a better society and not just a
secluded chapel behind a thorny hedge.
The LDS Church is unrelenting in doing good around the globe. Compassion for
others who are in dire need leads to countless humanitarian projects which
extend far beyond disaster recovery. In Philadelphia the building announced by
the Philadelphia media is an example of how this project is welcomed by that
city. For temple workers and patrons what a relief to be so close and not have
to fight traffic. What a blessing to serve in the evening and not have to be
afraid being out after dark in the city.
atl134 "Jesus didn't start a carpentry business and proclaim that
hiring a bunch of workers while making a good profit was his purpose."Are you sure? At the age of 30 Jesus quit working and turned his life
over to the Ministry. He had no income for the next 4 years of his life. Maybe
his carpentry business made a little more profit than you know. Not many people
are in a financial position to take the next 4 years off.
@ SCfan, why, oh why, did you have to pull Obama into this discussion? Please
stop with the irrational obsession. He has nothing to do with any of this.@ Tasha B, I know Philly really, really, really well....
I think this is wonderful news. The Church was restored in a free nation, what
better place to have a Temple built than the city where the Declaration of
Independence was signed. I'm sure it will be lovely!
besides tithing and fast offering funds. there use to be a ward or stake
building fund plus the local budget fund. These funds are no longer needed
because of the church investments, etc.
EsquireSpringville, UTThe Philadelphia project is similar but
larger than the Manhattan Temple. SLC Mormon needs to understand that all
commercial property owned by the LDS church is tax paying. It is incorrect to
believe that PRI is owned by the church and therefore is the church. The IRS
doesn't see it that way. Only those that are for religious purposes are tax
exempt. The after tax profits from commercial properties are used for multiple
charitable purposes that are seldom publicized and are not paid to share
holders. That is far better for the tax payor than to have a private equity fund
build the tower.
This is great for Philadelphia. Like, like, like!
When the San Diego Temple was built it was the most expensive project the Church
had ever undertaken and there was a lot of criticism about the cost. To quote
President Hinckley when speaking to a group of members while visiting San Diego
to review the progress of construction he said, "Nothing is to expensive or
to good for the Lord." I don't see anyone calling for the Church to
sell or tear down the Temple. I'm sure the same will happen in
Philadelphia and that the people will come to realize what a good decision this
was in years to come.
The New York City (Manhattan) temple is adjacent to a tall church-owned
apartment building. It provided the flexibility of using part of the apartment
building for ward classrooms, and housing for the temple presidency and
I kinda see that lots of members don't understand how much real estate we
own. We. In Oregon alone it's hundreds of thousands of acres.
I hope the sales price levels are much more reasonable than the high prices in
all three City Creek condo buildings. Sales in all three are very slow....just
look at the dark buildings at night. Sure, some owners are non-residents but the
number of unsold units exceed 50% after three years of attempted sales. The
Church is correct to develop investment properties while improving and
maintaining downtown areas. The carrying costs of unsold condominiums are large
and would be avoided if market sale prices were used.
I am amazed that so many members of the LDS Church do not understand that the
LDS Church throughout its history has made investments to support itself and
provide, or prepare to provide, blessings of various types for the people. Highly organized and successful churches throughout history have done
that as well. Look at the great artistic and architectural marvels of the Middle
Ages and Renaissance in Europe. These works feed our souls. Look at what
Catholic Social Services, Seventh Day Adventists and the Salvation Army have
accomplished in modern times.Do I wish that the LDS Church could
position itself to do more direct humanitarian work? I think it should and over
time it will. But it must do so from a position of strength. And there are
more needs than those of the economically impoverished.
How do we know for certain that the 10% collected from the 'members'
so as to be considered worthy isn't used for real estate development and
non-religious buildings? The church won't allow anybody out of the elite
to see the books. Who receives any of the profits from these real estate
investments? That should all be public record to anybody that pays tithing to
the church. People should be skeptical to the fact that the LDS Church is very
secretive to not allowing their own 'members' or
'shareholders' to see (by accountability) where their 10% is invested
in the realm of the church...
I love all the speculation. The truth is the Church is building this because the
city of Philadelphia wouldn't give their consent to the Temple etc. unless
the Church did something for the City. Thus, as a "quid pro quo" the
Church agreed to build a large apartment complex (at a significant loss,
I'm sure) in order to help with Philadelphia's ongoing inner-city
Are the apartments for the poor and homeless?
@PP"Are you sure?"Even if he did it wasn't
notable enough to put in the Bible so it must not have been of much value
birder said "No, I think the truth is that Philly is a pretty rough city.
The Church realizes that it has to buy up and develop the land around the new
temple to keep the area safer and nicer. That's why the mall was built in
Salt Lake - to preserve the area around Temple Square from further decay. The
same thing is also happening in Ogden, where the temple is undergoing a complete
renovation."I believe that this is true. I went to church today
2 miles from the temple site in Philadelphia and can confirm that the area could
definitely be improved.
Kaotic the tithing that I give to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days
Saints becomes the Lord's money as soon as it leaves my hand. It
doesn't matter how it is spent as the Lord Jesus Christ is at the head of
the Church.We are taught from the very beginning what our tithing is
spent on, just as we are taught that all humanitarian funds are spent 100% on
humanitarian efforts. I don't need an accounting from the leadership to
know where it goes because it is no longer my money when it leaves my hand. I
have unrelenting faith to know that the money is spent wisely and the leaders of
the LDS Church are beyond reproach. If our Government spent our tax dollars as
wisely as the LDS Church does we wouldn't ever have a deficit. All real
estate, buildings built and etc. are all bought and paid for before the project
is completed. If the money is not available, the project is put on hold.
President Gordon B Hinkley spelled it out quite well in a conference talk a few
Well, it's just that many of us do not feel that SLC_Mormon raised any
"Didn't urban decay ruin all the real estate around the Johannesburg
temple since it was built? Now the surrounding area is riddled with crime and
has become an inner city sort of environment. Good idea to try and do what you
can to keep the area around the temple from blight." Other
writers express similar concerns. Is there something about a temple that causes
urban blight and decay nearby? I would think that a nice temple building would
inspire similar architecture and quality development.
Shopping malls vs. hospitals. Luxury high-rise housing vs. schools. "By
their fruits ye shall know them."Perhaps when fewer people are
starving and dying of malnutrition in the world it will become appropriate for
churches to build and develop commercial real estate.
TO: 1aggie (and all other critics)---It never ceases to amaze me
how confused you can be as to the realities of how this world works. 8)Why is it considered (in your myopic view) "good and worthy" to build
hospitals and schools, and to feed the hungry, etc. but NOT to build-up
"businesses", "investments" and "assets" which
ULTIMATELY DO ALL OF THE ABOVE **TIMES TEN** (with their subsequent, RENEWABLE
profits)?Why build a hospital to heal the sick, if the healed cannot
then go-forth into this world and "be fruitful" in their livelihood??Why build schools to educate the children of the world, if they are not
then expected to go-forth and "earn a livelihood" and multiply
themselves and their talents??Why feed the hungry, if you don't
--in the process-- teach them to "fish for themselves" and to stand
independently and to PROSPER on their own two feet?? 8^)
InspectorC and others who believe in helping others only in ways that turn a
profit: please explain to us how a high-rise building in Philadelphia or a
shopping mall in Salt Lake City helps starving and malnourished children in
developing countries. Almost all the need is in developing nations and almost
all the investment is occurring in the mist developed nation.