Date: October 09, 2019 05:34PM
My father worked for the church construction department in the 80's.
Temples are a way for stakeholders to receive dividends. If you research who the contractors are, it is always leadership-owned comanies like Zwigg (the 70), and others that hold shell companies (Romneys, MCKonckies, Farnsworths, Oaks, etc).
They launder millions and get paid as members gush about the new temples and it helps to build faith in the church. The church can get away with convincing members that it is growing, a REQUIREMENT to maintain the illusion of faith.
Chapels on the other hand work this way: in the US and a FEW other countries they make money. A lot of money..or at least they use to. The goal is that each chapel in Utah for example will have 4 wards and each ward is to collect 250K in tithing a month, so 1 mil per chapel per month, so they put chapels everywhere! Think of them as franchises with little overhead, no product and no taxes to pay.
The ward is given a set amount for each member based on the average attendance at sacrament for a 3 month period. So as an example a ward with $7 per head times 200 in attendance would get 1,400 a month.
This is just the beginning. The bishop then orders all the hymnals, manuals, chairs etc from the church, most of the money goes back to SLC this way. Hence the shrinkage of auxiliary expenditures that do not go back to SLC: scouts, a paid custodian, etc
So SLC ends up with most of the money and it has been laundered.
The gains cover costs for units in areas where they will never be profitable (poor areas of the world), where, even if members pay 10%, they can't cover the light bill. Hence why the church has ordered a slow down in Africa and other fast-growing areas.
But temples are a quick way to get a lot of cash to a lot of supporters, hence why so many are build in Utah, its not the lord wanting to save a member a 12 minute drive, its that the costs of building outside of Utah is a lot less profitable.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/09/2019 05:37PM by sb.