When I first saw this link today, I thought it was going to be a lighthearted April Fools gag about a “call out,” white semi trucks, and nut jobs hunkering down at girls’ camps, waiting for the world to end.
And it’s not funny. But it’s very much worth reading.
186 Aprils have come and gone since the church’s founding. Yet, we’re farther than ever from Zion. The temples that dot the earth become proof of our inequality and wealth, rather than our care for the poor and our devotion to God.
Here are a couple of “smaller” temples to be dedicated this year in Star Valley, Wyoming and Hartford, Connecticut.
And here’s the temple being built in the Congo.
The tragedy isn’t that the African saints are being given such a basic and plain building for a temple. No, the tragedy is that millions of dollars are being squandered on ostentatious showpiece temples when it’s clear a plain, basic building will suffice.