Summarized by Kent Larsen
New temple serves area Mormons
Cincinnati OH Post 9Mar00 D1
By Stephen Huba: Post staff reporter
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- The new Louisville Kentucky Temple will mean that
LDS Church members in Cincinnati will need to travel for less than
two hours to reach the Temple, instead of six to travel to the
Chicago Temple. The Louisville Temple will be dedicated March 19th,
"It will make it a lot closer for us to go and participate in temple
activities," said Neil Hahl, president of the Cincinnati Stake.
Cincinnati has two LDS Stakes and about 7,500 LDS Church members in
the greater Cincinnati area. But members in Cincinnati will be split
when it comes to Temple attendance. Members in the Cincinnati North
Stake are in the Columbus, Ohio Temple District, about two hours
northeast of Cincinnati.
Still, even with Temples in Columbus and Louisville, LDS Church
members in Cincinnati are hoping for their own temple some day,
"It's possible," Hahl said. "As these temples get used, the church
then looks for additional sites. We've long hoped that Cincinnati
would get one. I think that's somewhat likely over the foreseeable
The Louisville Temple District includes the 6,000 members in the
greater Louisville area and a total of 30,000 members, including
those in the Cincinnati Stake, according to Velarie Blackwell,
director of Mormon public affairs for Louisville.