Wednesday, September 29, 2021


Today the LDS Church released the latest news on their website announcing the completion of  huge real estate development around the Mesa Temple. News article found here. CLICK THE LINK

This latest real estate development is called The Grove on Main. Interesting they called it "The Grove".

The project includes 240 apartments, 12 townhomes, condominiums, and detached homes with 70,000 square feet of landscaped open space, ground floor retail space and underground parking. Some of the amenities include a palm tree lined pool and recreation center. Here are a few photos. 

The reasoning given for this huge real estate venture is to enhance the grounds around the Mesa Temple. From the aerial photo below of the project, it almost dwarfs the Temple. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find the Temple (hint: it is in the top center of the photo.)

So, here is an honest question that I would love to ask at the next Face to Face event with the Brethren.

Is this helping the poor and the homeless? Or does it seem that the LDS Church is becoming more of a real estate company building homes? Is providing shelter to the homeless include charging 2000 buck a month for a two bedroom apartment? 

I wonder if we are better landlords than good Samaritans. 

Church Newsroom Video: The downtown revitalization project for which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground in 2018 is complete — and locals say it’s helping the city find its soul.


Anonymous said...

My out-of-town guest and I drove by the Mesa Temple* grounds just this last Saturday and were surprised to see this development. Downtown Mesa is a mess. This development looks like the only petunia in the onion patch. Not sure who will want to live there no matter how high-class (hahaha...) they try to appear. Similar to the Mall near the SL temple--using tithing money to upgrade decaying areas near temples? Hope it works.
*Re-dedication planned for December 2021.

Harry said...

The poor need not apply?

Jim said...

We don't call them that anymore. Just "those in need." We also don't use many other words or phrases like disfellowship or excommunication. This, according to a recent Church News article on a handbook update.

Soon we won't use the word repentance. I guess it's barely used as is.

Anonymous said...

There should be no surprise in this whatsoever. TCJCLDS is a sole corporation, and is behaving exactly how it is setup to behave. The "church" part is just a trademark held by the corporation. They can NEVER do otherwise and we shouldn't expect them to. If they even tried, the state (their true master) would come down on them and potentially remove their charter.
"What is the purpose of a corporation? Today, the standard answer is that a corporation’s purpose is to benefit its shareholders...Even apparently selfless corporate acts, such as charitable donations, are justified as ultimately benefiting shareholders by producing a favorable image and so consumer goodwill."

Who is the "sole" board member? The President. I think it is fair to call out the leadership of The Corporation of the President for pretending to be something they aren't, but we should never be surprised that they are doing exactly what they were created to do.