Colorado Springs Colorado Temple
Geoff: Are we approaching also-ran status with this one? It’s another staple of our lists, but like others before it, the numbers are there! We’re now in a world where only a few stakes can drive a temple (and don’t forget that in the great international expansion era of the Church in the 1950s and 60s, temples were built with zero stakes organized around them), thus weakening any argument against the Springs.
The math: five stakes in Colorado Springs proper, with the most recent organized in 2016. Other stakes in southern and central Colorado, and maybe parts of New Mexico and Kansas, could also follow suit. We’re looking at a ~8-stake temple, which easily makes sense.
Regardless, the Springs, in its ongoing cultural tussle with Denver, needs some bragging rights. Pike’s Peak, NORAD, the Air Force Academy, and a plethora of evangelical movements’ headquarters are not enough.
The only main downside is that the temple in Denver already lost a number of its assigned stakes when the Fort Collins temple opened its doors. With a potential Colorado Springs temple taking in the rest of southern and central Colorado, leaving the Denver temple as a metro area-only building might be a bit too much.
Joe: I might be so bold as to say I’d be surprised if Colorado Springs isn’t announced this General Conference as the site of a new temple. I haven’t been as warm on this destination with past guesses, but I think its time has come. In fact, I’m coming around on many of your longtime prognostications, dear Geoff.
Colorado Springs is more than an hour away from Denver, and the Pueblo, Colorado stake is 2 hours away. Would the church see an uptick in temple attendance if it built a temple for the 6 stakes between those two towns to share? It would certainly be more convenient.
I happen to think that a temple in the midst of an evangelical stronghold would be an interesting experiment. The evangelicals are the Regina Georges of the Christan world. They might accept us at first, or put up some resistance, and I think it would be worthwhile to find out which.
Geoff: This is the point where I admit I’ve only seen Mean Girls once, and it was within the past two years, and I thought it was overrated.
Joe: You don’t even go here!