Temple Predictions – October 2018

Geoff Openshaw

Geoff Openshaw

Gather 'round the website everyone, for 'tis time to predict the locations of new temples to be announced this General Conference

Chetumal Mexico

Joe: I like this guess so much because it’s the clever workaround to our previous teasing of Belize. It’s very hard to justify a temple in Belize, Winnipeg notwithstanding. There’s just not many people there, let alone members of The Church®. But the entire Central American country sits rather annoyingly in one of those 200-mile radius gaps as noted in the map above. Enter: Chetumal! The Mexican city sits on the northern border of Belize, and like most Mexican cities, has a sizable population of members (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) who face what looks like a 199 mile journey to the nearest temple in Merida, a small temple at that. And hey, if giving the saints in Chetumal a temple while satisfying the desire for a House of the Lord in a heretofore templeless country means building it across the border in Chan Chen, well, that’s certainly a proposal to consider.

Geoff: First of all, fun fact: Belize is an English-speaking country. It was a British colony until 1981, and Guatemala wouldn’t recognize its independence. Guatemala still claims about half of Belize as its own to this day.

With that out of the way, no, Joseph. I don’t see this happening. Belize doesn’t even have a stake, though I imagine it’s close. Chetumal has a single stake and the rest of the action in the Yucatan (which should be independent again because why not) is up closer to Cancun and Merida, and there’s already a temple in them thar parts. I’ll rate this one more likely than Jamaica, but less likely than everything else.

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