Friday, May 29, 2015

The Three Newest Temples

One of the perks of living in Utah is our Stake President works in the temple department of the Church. During Stake Conference he gave a little insight into the three latest temples that were announced.

Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple
For the members of the Church in the Ivory Coast, it costs 4 to 5 times their annual salary to visit a temple. Yet, they are currently submitting more family names to the temples in Europe than the members that live in Europe.

Currently, people living in Haiti can't get visas to travel to countries in the area that have temples. All of the people that are ready to go to the temple simply can't because there is no way for them to make it to the temple.

The situation is similar in south east Asia. There are refuges from the Vietnam war that have no government ID, so they are unable to purchase plane tickets to go to the temple in Hong Kong or the Philippines. With the temple in Thailand, they will be able to drive to the temple through whatever countries in the area to get to the temple. Those in the area that can go to the temple currently travel 12 to 15 hours one way to get to the temple.

It's amazing to hear the stories of the people that are going to be blessed with these new temples and of their faith as they have waited until they have an opportunity to go to the temple. It really helps me remember the blessing it is to live so close to so many temples and that I have the opportunity to go when ever I want to.

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