Yes!!! I love the progress of the Church. And now, women and men can serve
earlier. I think this is wonderful for missionary work and works better with
college. I am excited to see this in action.
Finally ... a beautiful building in Tucson!
Peruvian saints in the South are rejoicing. No longer have to travel 12+ hours
I served in Arequipa for six months back in 1974. At the time President J.
Robert Driggs declared, "Stony Arequipa is dead!"You've come
a long way, White City. There are some beautiful elevations there. I do hope
the site is high on a hill.
My wife, Alba, and I looked at each with great surprise and excitement when we
heard Pres. Monson say "Tucson, Arizona". (Did you hear what I just
heard?) We have lived in Tucson for over 30 years and have often felt
frustrated that we are still no closer to a temple than when we first moved
here. This is wonderful news. We can't wait to hear where it will be
President Young said that when ever we start to build a temple, the bells of
hell begin to ring and that he wanted them to ring again.It's
tremendous -- it seems lately those bells never stop ringing. The opposition is
always with us, but the blessings are increasing. I never thought I would live
to see the day when temple would literally dot the entire earth. When I was a
teenager - I thought it was impressive that we built temple number 16
(Washington D.C.) and thought that was a lot of temples -- and now. Wow! And
it just keeps getting better.
These temples actually become the 30th and 31st temples announced by President
Monson since becoming President of the Church in February 2008. The Tucson
Temple is the 80 temple in the U.S., and the Arequipa Temple is the 88th temple
internationally.1. The Gila Valley Arizona2. Gilbert
Arizona3. Phoenix Arizona4. Calgary Alberta5. Concepcion
Chile6. Kansas City Missouri7. Philadelphia Pennsylvania8.
Rome Italy9. Trujillo Peru10. Brigham City Utah11. Cordoba
Argentina12. Fortaleza Brazil13. Fort Lauderdale Florida14.
Sapporo Japan15. Payson Utah16. Lisbon Portugal17.
Indianapolis Indiana18. Urdaneta Philippines19. Hartford
Connecticut20. Tijuana Mexico21. Fort Collins Colorado22.
Meridian Idaho23. Winnipeg Manitoba24. Provo City Center25.
Barranquilla Colombia26. Durban South Africa27. Kinshasa Democratic
Republic of Congo28. Star Valley Wyoming29. Paris France30.
Tucson Arizona31. Arequipa Peru
What a great announcement by Pres. Monson, a temple in our city of Arequipa
Perú. No more 15 or 18 hour trip, one session and then trip back. People
traveling from Arequipa to Lima usually leave on thursdays and come back Sunday
Morning before services with most of the time traveling and attending the Temple
and for the people that the Temple will serve coudn´t be better news. We
Thank Thee O God for a Prophet.
Wonderful news for the people of Tucson and Arequipa. We lived in Tucson for
five years. There are several locations in Tucson I can think of that would be
beautiful settings for a temple. I can't wait to see what the architects do
-- especially with the grounds and desert plants, including the saguaro.
Peru now becomes only the seoncd Spanish-speaking country to have a 3rd temple
announced. Some have been anticipating a temple in Arequipa since the one in
Trujillo was announced, but it is still exciting.With a 6th temple
announced for Arizona, it will soon have almost as many temples as the 7 in
California, and is going to have more than Idaho.