Joe: Oh Geoff, you love this too much. This one would fall under the banner of prestige more than need. Sure a contingency of saints would be closer to a temple, but it’s not a critical mass, and unless they’re footing the bill, this doesn’t seem to rank highly on the list of likely spots.
Moreover, what is this prediction list? It feels like I’m playing Risk with a color other than black, putting all of my armies in Australia! This is a perilous prediction. I like it as an exercise in making cases for these areas to have a temple, but this one get’s an “unlikely” from me. I know I said it got my vote six months ago, but that’s because my nephew was on his mission there. He’s since returned so I feel no loyalty any longer.
Geoff: I’m glad your loyalty is bought by having someone present in the temple area! Then again, I have a cousin on a mission in Bentonville, Arkansas, so…
I’ve seen buzzing about Vienna, but I stand by Budapest as the logical location. This is all the LDS rumor mill, but there’s also been rumblings of a second stake in Hungary. Romania has also seen growth and could likely have a stake in the next few years, assuming regional authorities have shaken off the Yerevan affair and aren’t gun shy.
Potential downsides: The Freiberg Temple would lose Hungary and Slovakia. Frankurt would lose Austria and everything through the Balkans. The Paris Temple will pick off some of Frankfurt and Bern. Then Rome will pick off some of Bern presumably next year. There’s even been a pesky (and unsubstantiated) rumor that there will be major downsizing of Church units across Europe over the next few years. Also, Austria has more members than Hungary. Full stop.