Concepción Chile Temple
Joe: It’s kind of crazy that the 2,653 miles-long country of Chile, with its 18 million people, and its stakes of Zion literally clustered and scattered down the entire length, is still a single-temple country. That one temple is in a city of 5 million people and 30 stakes, to say nothing of the 47 other stakes and 16 districts outside the metro area, elsewhere in in the temple district. In one sense, Santiago seems ripe to be the next Lima in terms of a second temple in the same city, but It is in looking to those stakes outside of the metro area that one sees two predominant clusters of membership that have the added benefit of being more geographically strategic to deserving members that are more far flung from the population hubs.
I suppose as long as we rely on the spiritual edification of harrowing journeys and once-in-a-lifetime sacrifices to faraway temples as currency in the faith-promoting story mill, Chile as an up-and-coming “second world” country may have the right combination of far-flung members that may be able to just barely afford such a magnificent trip. If that’s the case, I’m sure it will be a highlight of a future back-of-the-Ensign “Voices” segment.
Geoff: Uh, Joe. I love you, buddy, but we’ve gotta talk about this. The Concepción Chile Temple was announced in 2009, and is currently under construction, with a likely dedication somewhere in mid-2018. We even wrote an article about its groundbreaking. Consider this a written warning or you’re off the team.
Also, I hate to be that guy, but this sort of stuff is my day job: Chile is considered a developed country, with an HDI higher than Portugal or Saudi Arabia. It has the most stable economy in Latin America.
Joe: What am I eating? Is this crow?! It tastes terrible!! Oops. Did I say Concepción? I meant to say Viña Del Mar. Yeah, that’s definitely what I meant. Uh huh. Yup. Totally.