Quilpué Chile Temple
Joe: I feel like I’ve been promoting the Vina Del Mar/Valparaiso area for a temple for years. And I have to admit, this insistence on my part has only grown stronger, since Chile’s Santiago temple remains one of the few remaining temples in the world with a massive district of more than 50 stakes. It’s 2020, for goodness’ sake. You can’t be a 50+ stake temple district. It just isn’t done, my dear.
While the coastal cities I mentioned above represent a natural break-off cluster of stakes from the megalopolis of Santiago, I could also see a scenario like Lima where Chile’s massive capital gets another temple in its hub instead of along one of its spokes. Still, my inclination was to advocate for a Vina del Mar temple simply because it was its own separate mission and there were easily 12 stakes and a number of districts that could feed into a coastal Chilean temple.
However, upon further research, I concluded that perhaps the colorful city of Valparaiso and the resort destination of Vina del Mar are not as sedate and suburban enough for the Church’s development sensibilities. All of which leads me to the sleepy town of Quilpué. It’s more centrally located within its would-be temple district, and closer to the Botanical Garden of Vina del Mar, which seems like a stronger argument than anything else I’ve said. Somehow. I don’t know, man, I just work here.
Geoff: Let it be known you are obsessed with Valparaíso/Viña del Mar and anywhere near them. I disagree with this. Quilpue is near the aforementioned areas, but it’s not along Route 68, the primary corridor between the Valparaiso metropolitan area and Santiago. If you’re painting this as a support temple for Santiago, keep it nearer the main transportation corridors.
Good stats on Santiago, though. 50+ stakes is nuts, and the Santiago temple isn’t particularly large to begin with at just over 20,000 square feet. But with a recently dedicated temple in Concepción (I still remember the year when you predicted a temple to go there without realizing the Church had just broken ground on one) and the announced temple in Antofagasta, might this be a pace too quick for Chile?
We often compare Chile to the Philippines, and this was manifest at the turn of the century (yes, it’s time to use that phrase) when standing apostles Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Dallin H. Oaks, respectively, moved to the countries to shore up retention rates. Both countries had one temple at the time. Chile now has two dedicated and one in the works. The Philippines has two dedicated and five in the works. Basically, it’s clear Elder Holland did not do as good of a job! Or didn’t he?? If you take a per capita analysis, things change. Chile now has approximately 6 million people per temple whereas the Philippines has 15 million people per temple. Chile is officially more than twice as righteous as the Philippines. Point: Holland.
Joe: Geoff I almost blasted my own self in reminding our readers about that embarrassing Concepción pick! But hey, it proved our method. Like instant validation, right? *wink wink*