Update on the temple in Phoenix

The entire recent debate, and argument before the Phoenix Arizona city council, was on whether to allow a variance in a new PUD zoning application. This variance would have allowed for an additional 10ft of height on the Phoenix LDS temple. The city council unanimously approved the variance, for a number of reasons.

The groups who were opposing the temple pulled together signatures sufficient to put the variance request on a ballot, in spite of the city being done with the request.

Luckily for all involved, the LDS church has withdrawn their request for the variance, and has decided to redesign the temple to fit within the 30ft height restriction of their current zoning. This means a great deal of savings for the tax payers in Phoenix.

On the flip side, if the church decides to abandon the PUD zoning, the tax payer will lose out in a certain degree. I will update again when I know which zoning the church will be using.

One thing is for certain; the temple will be built in Phoenix, and it will be built within the bounds of the law, on the land that the church owns and has designated for that purpose. I sincerely hope that wherever and whenever it is built, the neighbors will enjoy its beauty and presence.

If you have any questions about temples, or specifically about the temple being built in Phoenix Arizona, please feel free to ask them here!

LDS church asks members to contribute to Haiti relief efforts

In an official release, the presidency of the Mormon church has asked church members around the world to contribute as much as they can to the relief effort in Haiti through LDS Philanthropies. They have setup a direct link to the donate page on the home page of LDS.org, so members or non-members can donate online. That link is:

Donate to the Haiti relief effort, through the Mormon church

I encourage anyone and everyone who wants every cent of their donation to be used to its fullest to give through the Mormon church. It can be hard to decide which charity to donate through, but the Mormon church WILL use your donation in the best way possible. Here’s why:

1. The Mormon church has no paid clergy

All of the teachers and leadership in the Mormon church do their work on a volunteer basis. Members are asked to take on the roles and responsibilities that make the church operate. Your donation money will not go toward paying for clergy or church services, because the members do that work themselves.

2. Mormon church members pay 1/10th of their income to support the church

The costs of running the Mormon church; building buildings, electricity, etc, are all paid through “tithing,” where members donate 1/10th of their income to support the operation of the church.  Your donation won’t be used for any of that.

3. The Mormon church has a long history of humanitarian aid

The Mormon church has experience in humanitarian aid. The church is always one of the first on-site responders in any emergency, worldwide. Your donation dollars will be helping an organized and efficient effort.

4.  Church members have been asked to put their money where their mouth is

When the First Presidency of the church asks members to act, it is not taken lightly. Mormons will be donating. Humanitarian donations are separate from tithing, so Mormons will be asked to put forth a little more effort to donate more than what they usually do.

It is a sacrifice to donate to any cause, and for any reason, but there is a reward. When we do something for someone else, especially someone in need who can never thank us, we please our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ, who said:

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40)

Please donate what you can, ASAP

You can donate online, quickly and easily, through the LDS Philanthropies website. There is a “Haiti” section right on the front page. When you donate, you can be sure that your money will be used properly.  All other questions you may have about Mormonism aside, Mormons have proven that they are dedicated to disaster relief time and time again.

Donate online now

Where can I find out about Mormon relief aid to Haiti?

With the terrible destruction in Haiti from the recent earthquake, people are looking for as much information as they can get on what is going on to help the people of Haiti. As a part of our faith, and like all Christians, Mormons are dedicated through the gospel to help those in need, or those who suffer.

Many people are curious about what the Mormon church is doing to help, and wonder what the best source of accurate information is. I propose that the LDS.org newsroom is the most accurate and timely source. The newsroom is where you will find all official news publications and releases relating to the LDS (or “Mormon”) church. You can visit the newsroom here:

Visit the LDS newsroom to read about Haiti relief efforts by the Mormons

Another question that people have is, “how can I help?” You can certainly dontate to a variety of reliable source.  Search reputable news outlets for good charities to donate to. The Red Cross is one of my favorites.  If you want to donate to the LDS church, specifically for relief efforts, you can certainly do that as well; just use the meetinghouse locator at the top of this website. You can stop by to drop off a donation (you will get a receipt).