I grew up in Salt Lake and personally knew several LDS general authorities. Most
lived in middle to upper middle class homes. No one lived in a mansion. I think
it's still the same. It's important that the messenger live according
to the message. Posh mansions send the wrong message.
Why does a single man need 4500 square feet of living space? My parents
didn't have that much space with 6 kids.The other question is
why didn't they add the area for holding receptions and catered events to
their church building? Wouln't that benefit the people who are paying for
its construction the most?