Date: April 07, 2012 08:19AM
I'm sorry Briggy, but you're wrong. You said, "The temple looks as if it has been transported from a desert climate and just doesn't fit - it looks totally wrong and sticks out like a sore thumb."
This is simply untrue. According to the Preston England Temple official Wikipedia page, the white granite and zinc roof are actually reminiscent of England's old churches. It even lists a reference for this "fact" -> "The First 100 Temples", by Chad Hawkins, 2001, p. 145.
If Chad Hawkins, an inspired artist whose income is based off of the sale of faith promoting Mormon "art work" says it, then I guess it must be true.
Date: April 07, 2012 02:09PM
Does not qualify as a "public house of worship". The mission home and temple are thus not tax-exempt, though meetinghouses (where the general public may enter) are tax-exempt.
This "non public" classification is why temple marriages in the UK are not legally valid, and must be preceded by a town hall or guild hall wedding. The public does not have the right to attend--and potentially to give reason why the wedding should not take place, as requested in the Church of England wedding liturgy. Other religions may conduct a legally valid wedding because technically the ceremony is open to the public. LDS meetinghouse weddings are legal because the public may attend, but not so the temples.
Since some sort of civil ceremony must by law precede a temple sealing in the UK, TSCC waives the one year wait for couples who have a civil ceremony first, followed asap by temple sealing.
Date: April 07, 2012 02:18PM
The San Diego temple is bright white, and another reason why it is an eyesore, plopped right above a freeway embankment for all to see. Unfortunately, its position perched above Interstate 5 places it in proximity to one of the nation's busiest freeways, and the automobile emissions cannot be good for its color. In the past year, a cleaning or resurfacing of the temple was done, with one or both spires hidden behind scaffolding for months. This is the second time I've seen this task performed, so I'm guessing that every 8-9 years the temple needs a thorough scrubbing or resurfacing. This is not rural Utah!
Date: April 07, 2012 02:24PM
In their rush to establish a freeway-adjacent, high visibility location, they purchased a small plot of land with inadequate on-site parking for such a relatively large temple. The immediate neighborhood is the freeway on one side and some apartments or condos across the street. There are some office buildings a few blocks away, but there is very little on-street parking. Rumor has it that TSCC either purchased or leased space in a nearby office parking garage. I have driven by it on Saturdays and have seen people walking along the road outside the temple carrying tote bags, so I would take that to mean that some of the patrons have to park several blocks away.
At the time they purchased the land, there were larger parcels available east of the freeway, large enough for adequate on-site parking, only several blocks away, and with better access to arterial roads than the temple now has. But no, they had to build right on the freeway so everyone could see their great and spacious building.
Date: April 07, 2012 05:06PM
> Since the outside is granite, that could be
> maintained by doing a power washing (high pressure
> water) every two years. There is no cost of
> materials, an industrial power washer costs about
> $1200 (US) a cherry picker or scaffolding is
> required, and then there is the labor cost to run
> the power washer. I don't understand how that
> would be excessively expensive.
ward notice board
the Smith Family and The Jones are called to clean the chapel this coming saturday, 14th June....
Could all other ward families please meet in the chapel car park at 6am, for our 'clean the temple' activity....
Your stake leaders can testify to the blessing which come from a saturday cleaning the temple, and can testify of the happy smiling faces of people, as we wave them off to the temple cleaning activity.
Your blessing will be multiplied if you can bring your own power washer (available from deseret cleaning supplies for only $1500 (US) via your ward janitorial council)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/07/2012 05:07PM by EssexExMo.