Far be to from me to question where Temples are place, but I am going to question it anyway. With the recent announcement of the Hartford Temple, I have had several interesting discussions with people in the New England area.

I have spoken with some who work in the Boston Temple who mentioned that many endowment sessions are cancelled today as the Temple is very underutilized. They said the Hartford Temple will pull more workers and attendees away, further making the Temple underutilized – note: Connecticut has 2 stakes. Others have said they think it is being put in Hartford since one was announced in 1992, then revoked after 3 years of being unable to find a site. They thought the Church wanted another go at it. Finally, someone else said that it could be part of the Church’s strategy to have a Temple in every state. So I counted and there are temples announced or completed in 35 states (including CT). However, the remaining states are going to be tough ones so I don’t see this as likely – Wyoming, Arkansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware… And maybe, all practicality aside, inspiration is playing a role too…

I really don’t know why there is a temple announced in Hartford but it is certainly an interesting move and a good thing for the Saints there…