Are there statistics on the percent of capacity use of the Temples, are they
fully employed, or are they more symbolic and public attractions for Mormon out
reach and statements of presence.
skeptic "Are there statistics on the percent of capacity use of the Temples,
are they fully employed, or are they more symbolic and public attractions for
Mormon out reach and statements of presence."Right....really?
Star Valley, WY? Payson and Provo Utah? Quetzaltenango, Guatamala? Your kidding
Skeptic,I have limited experience in the west but my infrequent
observation of temples there indicates that they are well utilized. In the
east, the smaller temples I am familiar with get strong usage when you would
expect they would - in the evenings and on Fridays and Saturdays. Midweek
during the middle of the day, less so. Again, just within my experience.I think they very little to do with symbolic statements or public
attraction. If any statement is being made, it might be to the membership -
that they should feel comfortable settling in these communities as temple
attendance will not be a problem for them. I think the presence of the
Louisville temple has benefited our area in that way.
I find most LDS temples are not in high traffic areas or too grandeur
(Manhattan) if they are. I do admit I was embarrassed by the grandness of
the San Diego and D.C. temples towering over the main freeways. However, years
later I find that the local neighborhoods thrive with these two temples. The
property value increased in San Diego as well as new office centers. But,
in most cases you have to be looking for the temple to find it, especially
Hawaii, Hong Kong, Boston, Orlando, and the new South Florida temple.
It's embarrassing that in this economy the Church continues to build and
spend on these pretentious buildings. It makes me shake my head.
Dennis,Actually, the economy is not all bad. Further, spending for
construction should benefit the community.
DN/Joseph Walker:There was also a groundbreaking for the Tijuana, Mexico
temple on August 18, which you left off of the list.