Geoff: I’m not even sure what to say anymore. Maybe just read the last time I pushed for this? Or maybe the time before that? Or the time before that? Or the time before that? Or the time before that? I am at the point of just saying something until everyone believes it’s true.
I will say this, however. While northwest Arkansas famously lies outside the 200-mile zone for temples, hence our insistence that one be built there, Church growth of late has been merely fine. It’s not like there have been three new stakes in the last ten years or anything.
Anyway, this is the hill I will die on.
Joseph: I sense your sarcasm re: church growth, and I validate it! Yet, I remain convinced that the unspoken reason this region remains without its white-marbled fane is simply this: having a temple here would decimate the already anemic Memphis district. That’s it. And yes, this area is not currently in the Memphis district, but Little Rock’s 3 stakes are, and I imagine a Rogers temple would get them in a winner-take-all thumb war at church headquarters.
It’s too bad. By all accounts, the reasons for a temple in this corner of The Natural State are valid and maybe (at least with our prediction history) a bit overdue. But there’s a reason it hasn’t as of yet had its moment of glory at the general conference pulpit. Perhaps this go around you’ll be, at long last, vindicated, Geoff, and I shall be happy for thee not to die, but to live on this hill in Arkansas.
Geoff: Also, Bentonville gave us Walmart. Whether that enhances the region’s worthiness or condemns it is certainly up to the interpretation of the reader.