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May 25, 2007

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Nom de Cypher

In a similar vein, the church could have built 1000 clinics in South America or Africa at $1 Million apiece. Or immunize a few million children. Bill and Melinda Gates (and Warren Buffett) are doing this now and all they are getting in return is their name in the press. Seems like a fair trade for their vanity.

Arizona Awakening

This came up with my wife the other night. She told me she had to pay tithing, I reassured her the church would be ok without her $100. Really if they have $2 billion to remodel some malls, they won't miss her (I mean OUR) money. At least she got her monies worth today as she went to the temple to do a session.

SML

Great post, Domo. Of course you are looking at this all wrong. If the church heirarchy were more CHURCH-oriented and less of a corporation, then the hospital idea would be perfect. But of course a corporation stands to gain more from a mall than from a hospital, especially considering the rising cost of healthcare in our country.

Randy

I dunno, SML. I think this project is going to ge a major flop. They're essentially closing downtown SLC to retail for five years, then expecting people to flock back to a place they already had abandoned in favor of the Gateway and suburban shopping centers. I also wonder just how many people in Utah are going to want to buy condos that start at around $400K. There are already plenty of pricy condos in downtown SLC, and the church may flood the market. In short, they may have turned a bigger profit with a hospital.

OTOH, hospitals are tricky. State and local governments tend to get involved on issues like excess bed capacity. Hospitals defy the usual logic of supply and demand. It seems that the more beds there are, the higher medical costs go. Also, there would be issues with the current hospitals in SLC.

I think they should have spent the money building a cable channel with HBO-like production values to showcase the talents of aspiring LDS filmmakers. You just know that everybody in the country would be bowled over by the drama and conflict of shows like "Family Home Evening," and "Every Jot and Tittle."

belaja

I think they should use the money to build a big theme park sorta like Six Flags or Dollywood. Didn't Jim and Tammy Faye have a big religious themed amusement park? I think they did very well with it, IIRC...

SML

Dollywood, Bel? I love it! The church could name theirs JosephWood.

heh heh heh.

belaja

JosephWood. I am LMAO!

Randy

I thought Nauvoo was being turned into JosephWood.

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