Rogers Freaking Arkansas Temple
Geoff: Yowza, forgive my frustration, but this needs to happen. It’s been on the list for ages. This verdant corner of Arkansas is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, both in overall population and church membership. What would fit better than a beautiful temple dotting the rolling hills of the Ozarks, all within spitting distance of Walmart HQ?
On top of that, my cousin is serving his mission there, and I’m pretty sure’s personally responsible for at least a stake’s worth of baptisms, so I’m not sure what the holdup is.
If you want harder facts, this is the most glaring omission on that 200-mile radius thing, especially for a decent population center. And now the poor folks in Arkansas are smack dab in the middle of a temple desert, with the three closest temples to them torn down to the framing. As Aragorn and clearly no one else said, “What say you?!”
Joe: I’d reckon we could make a new list comprised of our “always a prediction, never a pick” locations that come with a certain air of frustration over time. To that list, on the top for me, I’d place Nicaragua, I mean for goodness’ sake already!
Funny though, regarding the popularity of this perennial pick for temple prognosticators, I’m kind of indifferent to it. The temple district to where this corner of Arkansas is currently assigned, Oklahoma City, only has 14 stakes as it is. They need the 4 stakes in the Rogers area to keep the OKC temple staffed and attended. Moreover, should a temple be built in Walmart, Arkansas, that would raise the question of what stakes to assign to that district beyond the 4 close by.
The rest of the natural state’s stakes belong to the Memphis temple district, which has only 6 stakes total. Rogers isn’t Halifax, it’s not that far from Oklahoma city. This just doesn’t seem like a pressing need for a temple to me. As you said, Geoff, it’s the most glaring omission per the 200-mile radius metric, but if that’s all it has going for it, then this one seems more the exception to the rule. Sorry, Rogers, I just don’t think you’re on deck.