I agree with Mayor Gianni Alemanno. This temple not only serves the LDS
membership but helps us to foster friendship for others who share family values
and hold up the light as an example for those who don't yet. Family is at
the heart of the plan of happiness and temples are at the heart of eternal
families.This temple will bless millions!
You know what is sad/strange? On the day this temple was announced there were
at least two others...Kansas City and Philadelphia.KC is
operational. Rome is near completion. Philadelphia is still in the raw earth
form...no indictment on the church, but the officials in Philly!!! So much red
tape, and I'm afraid the long rumored "pay to play" policies of
corrupt politicians is an issue...The church most likely doesnt pay
cash under the table and everything is on the "slow track"...Slower than Rome might be a record for a northeastern industrial city like
It's great to see the bridges being built between Italian civic and
religious leaders and the recognition of common values. As one who served in
Italy many years ago as a missionary and returned often, the construction of
this Temple is exciting on so many levels. I encourage all who
served missions in Italy to write or call your investigator and member families
and encourage them to prepare to go to the Temple. This represents a unique
opportunity for us to unite behind these wonderful people and help them build up
their families and the church in Italy. Forza Italia!
It's likely I'll be visiting Rome next year, possibly in April but we
may go later. I tried to find an ETA on the temple being completed; everything
just says "2014". Is there a more specific estimate? 12 months is very
@Sean Jackson,I've heard June as the month for dedication. I
believe the dedication will be invitation only (closed-circuit to chapels in
Italy). But knowing construction in Italy, guessing the precise date is
tough.I remember it taking 2 years just to build a baptismal font in
a chapel in Italy. The fact this Temple is taking shape so quickly is truly
Maybe this will start some competition with the Catholics. Inspire them to go
back to church and honor their religion.
There's always big coin available for facilities, at least on the capital
development side. I've heard they're getting a bit stingy on the
operations and maintenance side, though.
What does it say about the economy of Italy that this is the largest private
investment right now?
O 10- The question to ask is how much about Mormonism does the Mayor know?
"Family and religion" is believed by every world religion;
"tolerance" is subjective. His eyes are oogling $ signs.They are looking at the local income benefits to this 'massive
project'. No Catholic will entertain acquiescing to any polytheistic,
polygamous religion. As hard as modern PR attempts try to paint LDS as
super-family patriots, there's always D&C 132 and "As man is, God
once was..." in print.
To Hutterite< yes, the LDS Church has cut down on money for maintainance of
all church buildings, instead, relying more on service by members. We see this
as a wonderful opportunity, so that more funds may be diverted to worldwide
humanitarian needs, assist missionaries from low income countries and other
worthy efforts. This is not a sacrifice for us, it is an opportunity to serve in
Our Lord's House.
Sneaky Jimmy,That's pretty insulting. Every religion has
inactive members, including the LDS church. How about being a little bit more
Hutterite,I'm not sure what you are referring to.Temple workers volunteer their time. The number of paid workers is limited.
Maintaining the beauty of temple grounds and the care of the building and
interior something very important to us simply because of the nature of temples.
Consider the work done on the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Ogden Temple, and the
new Provo temple.Maybe you are referring some changes mean to spend
more efficiently. But the care given to maintaining temples has not changed.
Even if the church reduced spending on maintaining temples by 90%, it would
likely be because of a member volunteer effort to replace the same efforts.
Dear Hutterite. Wow, that comment came out of left field and has absolutely
nothing to do with this article. I wonder what is really behind your comment?
There's an inspiration story about the local approval for the Rome Temple.
There was an unseen hand. The is not a secular success even if the mayor is
impressed with its size.
I was in the invasion of Sicily and later was in Italy. Although not an Roman
Catholic, I attended the first midnight Mass held at the Vatican after the
departure of the Germans. Little did I then know that a Temple of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would be built at Rome. The friends which
I made there will have by now 'passed on' but it is my prayer that in
time they will receive the Temple ordinances.
"'For us,' Mayor Alemanno continued, 'every religious center
that is created within the perimeter of our city gives even more value to it as
the center of Catholicism, because it shows that there is an openness, a
tolerance, and a shared understanding of the value of human life and of the
family.'"*snicker* yeah, ok. Let's pretend the
Catholic Church wasn't the driving force behind the resistance to building
a temple in Rome before now. The Mafia loves competition.
@I know it. I live it. I love it."This temple not only serves the LDS
membership but helps us to foster friendship for others who share family
values"I don't know. A building that, once dedicated,
doesn't allow people from outside the church to enter is not really
particularly useful for friendship fostering. While in Italy I went into plenty
of churches (they merely ask that you dress decently for some of them like St.
Mark's Basilica in Venice) and the idea of being rejected at the temple
door might be considered offputting or exclusive.
My I share some concerns we seem to be spending a lot of money on the best
materials for the Temple in Rome, and I am thinking of the poor and needy of
this world and what are we doing to help them, didn't the Lord say to look
after the poor and the needy.