1. Rogers Arkansas

Rogers Arkansas

Argument for:

It all fits. Arkansas has seven stakes, four of which are the northwestern part of the country, not Little Rock (which has the remaining three and is a reasonable drive to the temple in Memphis).

The Rogers/Fayeteville area is one of the few reasonably populated parts of the United States to sit outside the 200-mile coverage zone.

Argument against:

The metro are might be outside of the 200-mile zone, but it that is just barely. There are temples in Oklahoma City, Memphis, Kansas City, and St. Louis that are kinda sorta close.

Honorable mentions!

  • Richmond/Hampton Roads VA – This one has been a long time coming.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina – Seven stakes, but only about an hourĀ from the temple in Columbia, SC.
  • Puebla, Mexico – Belongs on any list. Largest number of stakes without a temple, but Mexico City is close.
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico – Because why not?
  • Pittsburgh, PA/Youngstown, OH – Cleveland and Pittsburgh are slowly growing into one conurbation. They’ll need something more than Columbus.
  • Nairobi, Kenya – A new stake in Nairobi this year plus the need for an east African anchor make this one a no-brainer, except for potential security concerns.
  • Brasilia, Brazil – Six stakes in the immediate area, more farther out. This one is inevitable, though delays on the Fortaleza Temple might make Salt Lake wary.
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE – It’s going to happen. Thank the Philippines.
  • Eugene, Oregon – Nine stakes. Isolation.
  • Rapid City, South Dakota – Billings is far!
  • Barcelona, Spain – Because Visca Catalunya.