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“I’d like to announce four new temples. When I became a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles in 1963, there were twelve operating temples in the entire church. With the dedication of the Provo City Temple two weeks ago, there are now over 150 temples in operation throughout the world.”

~Thomas S. Monson, 3 April 2016~

It’s always struck me as tawdry when the leaders of the LDS church brag about real estate. I watched this live as he spoke it and began to wonder how much actual good could have come by using the money spent on these buildings, including all the upkeep on them since 1963, instead of promoting unholy edifices filled with secret words, handshakes, and costumes. One could hardly dismiss the obvious parallel in the Book of Mormon on the subject:

“For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.”

~Mormon 8:37~

~J.D., FB Post – 4 April 2016~