I believe the length of time per session has also been reduced significantly since the photo was taken. (Some reader here I’m sure will know…) I know efficiency isn’t a primary goal in temple work, but halfing the time required effectively doubles the parking, right?
I have a book on the Manti Temple that shows what it calls a “beautification” project north of the temple that was undertaken in the 1980s. The before picture shows beautiful and colorful native vegetation with colors nicely complementing the oolitic limestone of the temple. The after photograph shows an anemic-looking lawn with scattered cultivated saplings. The Manti Temple was designed to fit beautifully into the natural hillside. Who decided that it had to be completely surrounded by grass?
And can I just say that if you ever visit the London Temple, there’s hardly any of what you folks quaintly call “blacktop” – just acres and acres of beautiful parkland. Click here https://www.lds.org.uk/virtual_tour.php for a glimpse.
Glad to hear that! When my great-grandfather left Hertfordshire as a boy in 1852, there were no cars, and presumably no car parks either.
I’m just doing my small part to keep our two nations’ idioms from running together–how else do we stay true to Bernard Shaw’s quip that we’re two countries separated by a common language?
It’s been nearly 39 years since I was last at the London Temple, so I hope you’ll forgive me if my memory is a little rusty! But I’m glad to hear that it’s been spared too many nearby parking lots. Or car parks.