Summarized by Kent Larsen
Ohio's Mormons building a temple
Cincinnati OH Post 9Aug99 C3
By Stephen Huba: Post staff reporter
Members of the LDS Church in Ohio will have a temple there for the
first time in 163 years, with the advent of a temple in Columbus.
Members of the Church in Cincinnati are likely to travel to the new
Columbus temple in place of the current six-hour drive to the Chicago
"This is a very important happening in church history, to have
another temple established in Ohio," said Cincinnati North Stake
president George Rahlf. "The members of the church here are very
happy." There are two stakes in Cincinnati with about 7,500 members.
Rahlf sas that the new temple will mean that members will be able to
go to the temple more frequently.
The open house for the Columbus temple is scheduled to begin on
August 21st and continue August 24 to 28. The temple is one of the
new smaller temples announced by President Hinckley in the April 1998
general conference. Rahlf says that he and 10 other stake presidents
petitioned church leadership for a temple in Ohio to serve the 38,000
members there. "We put together a petition that said we feel we have
membership to support a temple in Ohio," Rahlf said. "As a
participating stake, we helped with the process."
In addition to the Columbus Temple, members in Cincinnati can look
forward to the construction of a new temple still closer in
Louisville, Kentucky, which should open sometime in 2000. And, who
knows, there may eventually be a temple in Cincinnati, "We pray for
it; we want one," said Diann Tammen, director of public affairs for
the Cincinnati area. But with temples in Columbus and Louisville, it
isn't likely anytime soon.
This article also contains basic background information on Temples,
and a summary of the history of the LDS Church, taken from "Mormons
in America" by Richard and Claudia Bushman (Oxford University Press)
and Christianity Today magazine.