Maybe others have thought about this before and I’m late to the game, or maybe mind is just weird, but I saw this press release from LDS Inc. about their new temple in Fort Lauderdale and a thought struck me. Â Already in some areas, churches are being repurposed as more and more people are leaving religion and “demand” for religious services is declining. Â I presume that will eventually result in LDS church buildings being closed for services and sold (hasn’t this already happened in Chile?). Â The regular church buildings could probably be fairly easily repurposed into the headquarters for a corporation or nonprofit, though not necessarily all that cheaply given the internal remodeling that would have to be done on the chapel and “cultural hall.”
But what about Mormon temples? Â If/When the LDS Church begins losing members and tithing revenue starts to dry up (hypothetically, of course), how long could they afford to maintain all of their temples? Â And when they can no longer afford to maintain their temples, what are they going to do with them? Â I have a hard time imagining how you could repurpose these easily:
Of course, I’m sure the leaders of the LDS Church are not factoring this possibility into their projections for the future of the Church. Â For them, the Church is true and it will only continue to grow, forever. Â Er, until the millennium, when, I guess, Jesus can just move into these. Â But would Jesus really need more homes than Mitt Romney? Â I mean, he’s a resurrected being; why does he even need a home? Â He doesn’t have to eat or sleep, and that would also mean he doesn’t have to mictorate or defecate. Â Does he just need a place to change his clothes? Â Store his clothes? Â And where do resurrected god’s shop for clothes? Â And why would a god be worried about nakedness and privacy, since those are social constructs? Â Or would he use these for, um, making more spiritual offspring? Â Ahh – Celestial Nurseries! Â It all makes sense now! Â Sorry, I think I mentioned my mind is a bit weird sometimes…
Anyway, I really can’t envision what you could do with a Mormon temple. Â The lack of windows means these wouldn’t work very well for palatial estates for the super wealthy. Â They wouldn’t even work all that well as corporate headquarters without windows. Â The landscaping would be a nightmare to keep upÂ (except in NYC and Tokyo, I guess).
So, MSP readers, suggestions for what to do with Mormon temples when the time comes for the LDS Church to start selling them off? Â And anyone want to guess when that will be?