I think the article has a typo. It said, "The temple will serve around 3,500
members in the area who currently travel to the Manhattan or Washington
temples."According to the Philly website, "Church officials
contend the worship site is much-needed to serve the Philadelphia area’s
estimated 35,000 parishioners. The closest area temples are in Manhattan and
just outside of Washington, D.C."Pretty big temple for just
3,500 members in the area! :) What is that, a temple for one stake? The Saints
in Philly must be doing some crazy amounts of temple work if that's the
Just curious, and I would like to hear from someone who would know about this,
but only $3500 members and they get a temple? That is barely larger than a
Stake. That seems awful small. Was this a typo?
I am pleased to see this new structure being built. I have family members in
Delaware and they are excited about it, as are all the members of their ward and
stake.This will be a real plus for missionary work in the area as
well. I hope to be able to attend the open house when the time for that event
Love the idea of a "colonial" Temple with rugs instead of carpets, etc.
Love to have one of those granite rocks...nice to know the Temple is being built
upon a rock. The city of Brotherly Love gets a real boost, hope they can feel
and know it. Sending love from Roy, Utah.
@1.96 Standard Deviations and @Obama10 - There is an Editors Note at the bottom,
correcting the number to 35,000. On another note, if they were blessed with a
temple for 3500, so be it. We should rejoice with them.
Great news for Philly! This temple sounds beautiful. Hopefully I will get to
see it someday when I pass through the city of brotherly love! I'm always
amazed (though I shouldn't be) at how well the church does things. When
the Hotel Utah was remodeled there was an uproar from some parts of the
community that the church shouldn't mess with a historic building. When
that project was finished a beautiful and functional building was left in place
and there was little for detractors to grouse about.
Even if there were less members than the "norm" for a temple, Philly is
a famous city with plenty of visitors and attention. It is wise for the church
to build a "colonial feel" temple nestled in one of the early cities of
this countries history. It's about more than just serving the members, it
accomplishes missionary work and offers a symbol of the faith in a historical
I am so happy...Philly is my home, well my first home. Where I first heard the
missionaries and joined the church. Oh and it is such a beautiful and historic
area. I am looking forward to going back for the dedication.
I wish we could get a temple where I live. The nearest temple to me is in San
Antonio - 6 hours away, and we haven't been able to afford to go in three
years. I am encouraged by the opening of new temples because one day, a new
temple may be opened where we are.
I'm glad they're getting a temple no matter how many there are. I and
about 25,000 on the West Slope of Colorado would love to see a temple in either
Grand Junction or Montrose Colorado, but for the time being are relegated to a 4
hour one way drive over mountain passes no matter which way we go, but we are
happy to be able to attend, even if it a single session and 12 to 14 hour day
per trip. It's a beautiful artists rendition. Wish we had one just like
it. Colonial or Southwestern adobe, it doesn't matter.
I live in the Reading, Pennsylvania Stake. I am one of the 35,000 who are
anxiously awaiting the completion and dedication of the Philadelphia Temple. We
have been waiting such a long time for it. I was baptized February 3, 1980, and
the closest temple at that time was Washington, DC, which is a four-hour drive,
if the traffic is good. Manhattan was only completed a relatively short time
ago. Most of us feel as if the DC temple is "our" temple because
it's the only one that many of us have known.We have fasted and
prayed for this temple. We have worked hard to show that another temple was
needed and warranted in this area. We have many temple workers from our Stake,
we hold Saturday Stake Conferences in the temple, we have regular youth and
single adult trips to do temple work, as well as trips for the adults. We
don't feel that we are more deserving of this temple than anyone else, but
we promise to show gratitude for this great blessing, to use it to spread the
Gospel and to keep our covenants so that we are worthy of this gift.
I shouldn't be disappointed or surprised that union workers are involved in
the construction of the temple…yet somehow I am. :/ Anyway I find it
amusing actually how they are required to adhere to certain Church standard
requirements and even PRAY before meetings, none of which probably sits well
with their union bosses.