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.
White Plains Temple Opposition Intensifies (Harrison Opposition)