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Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended May 07, 2000
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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Leaders Request Fast For New York Temple
Kent Larsen 05May00 D1

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- North America Northeast Area Authorities have asked local members in the New York region to fast this coming Sunday for divine intervention to solve the zoning challenges faced by the proposed Harrison, New York Temple. Construction on the temple has been delayed because of objections by neighbors in the upscale neighborhood where the LDS Church has proposed to build.

An email message, reportedly from Elder W. Craig Zwick of the First Quorum of the Seventy and President of the North America Northeast Area of the LDS Church, asked LDS Church members to fast on May 7th for the Temple, "We invite the Saints in the New York Temple District to unite in fasting on their May Fast Day for the Harrison New York Temple," wrote Elder Zwick. "Please invite the Saints to fast specifically for divine intervention in the outcome in our favor on the pending zoning issues. A special plea and blessing are needed to soften hearts that oppose this work."

News reports last summer indicated that a local group, calling itself the Harrison Neighborhood Preservation Association, was objecting to the construction of the Temple on the Church's 24-acre site in Harrison, New York, just east of White Plains and about 30-minutes north of New York City. The group had at that time reportedly spent $250,000 to oppose the building.

Since that time, news reports have been scarce as the LDS Church has waited for the Harrison Town Board to rule on the LDS Church's request for a special zoning permit that would allow construction of the Temple. Local LDS Church officials have actively discouraged members from visiting the Temple site.

See also:

White Plains Temple Opposition Intensifies (Harrison Opposition)


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