Liahona, ‘Sacred Transformations,’ December 2012; “If paying tithing means that you can’t pay for water or electricity, pay tithing. If paying tithing means that you can’t pay your rent, pay tithing. Even if paying tithing means that you don’t have enough money to feed your family, pay tithing.” – Aaron L. West, Church Publishing Services Department
Acts 7:24-25; “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things”.
After clearing an old plantation in August 2011, the LDS Church opened its doors of their newest temple in San Salvador, El Salvador. Here are some statistics that will hopefully give Mormons pause…
On March 2, 2016 the Los Angeles Times published a startling report. The most homicidal city in the world was San Salvador, which by no coincidence is the capital of the world’s most violent country, El Salvador.
In 2016 the median yearly income for Salvadorans was $8,900 according to the CIA, which is equivalent to $742 monthly.
“Per square foot, they [temples] cost three times as much as a beautiful stake center. We must be sure that there will be enough patrons to justify another temple before we build one.” – Cumorah.com
Average cost for building a Mormon temple is roughly 60 million US dollars. A report on Reddit gave info that one rug in this temple cost a whopping 7 grand which is extravagant even by Western standards.
Our questions/observations about this endeavor –
Why is the Church building a massive temple in a 3rd world country where it doesn’t fit, nor belong?
Specifically, what good has the Church done since they arrived on the scene?
Why are they demanding 10% of a poor person’s income for salvation?
Are they providing classes for locals on how to stay out of gangs, get jobs, an education, etc.?
What benefits has this served, and where is the proof?
The article above talked about amazing transformations, but it only spoke of one new convert who was finally convinced he should pay tithing even when his family was probably hungry.
What does a $7,000 rug do for Salvadorans?
Did it bring them to Jesus?
Feed the little kids in the surrounding neighborhood?
Did it provide clothing, or shelter for the needy?
Has the temple helped lower the homicide rate in San Salvador?
This is amazingly brazen on the part of the Church, and it’s played out over and over again with each new temple they construct in a 3rd world country.
Shame on them.