Temple Statistics: 148 Operating, 5 Under Renovation, 14 Under Construction, 11 Announced. [source] (as of 10 December 2015)
SCRIPTURE: “Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted. Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up. They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up. They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.” –2 Nephi 28:11-14. [source]
COMMENTARY: I’m pretty sure I remember reading that Jesus said to take care of the poor. I don’t remember reading anything about him wanting a ton of fancy buildings. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.
EXTENDED COMMENTARY: The version of this post that I put on Facebook ended up generating a lot of discussion, so I wrote a guest blog on Zelph on the Shelf with a more in depth analysis of my position and thoughts. [guest blog post]