Posts Tagged ‘temples

For many religious faiths, the most cherished of religious buildings are giant mega-churches where thousands of people can worship all together. This is great, and I respect their ability to create such buildings to help people grow and increase their faith in God.

For mormons, the most cherished of religious buildings are temples, but they are quite different than mega-churches of other faiths. It is understandably easy to confuse temples with mega-churches because of the way their respective parishioners cherish both types of buildings.

Mormon temples aren’t meant to accomodate large groups of people. While a mega-church may be designed for preaching to several thousands of people at once, temples are designed for small groups of people (sometimes just a couple of dozen) throughout the entire day, 6 days a week. This means that the traffic and parking concerns that sometimes accompany mega-churches aren’t applicable to mormon temples.

Instead of size, mormon temples place an emphasis on symbolism and elegance. Rather than a place of congregation, they are built as a place of peaceful reflection.

So don’t make the mistake of confusing mega-churches with temples. While they are both cherished buildings by their respective faiths, they are really quite different.

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Five new LDS temples announced

Posted in Religionon Oct 6, 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently announced the planned construction of 5 new temples. The church plans to build temples in Cordoba, Argentina; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Rome, Italy; Philadelphia, and the greater Kansas City, Mo., area.

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Update: Oct 8:Jared made me aware of the LDS Newsroom Article which gives more definitive locations to the locations of all the new temples. I’ve updated the map accordingly, although some locations may still not be exact.