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How the Temple Is Keeping LDS Senior Citizens Alive

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Every day the Utah papers have their obituaries section, but notice the ages.  The leading cause of death in Utah, by far, is old age.  And most of those dying are well into their eighties and nineties.

Over-population addicts must be livid about all these Utahns refusing to give up their space on an “over-crowded” earth.  But for answers to the long lives, they need look no further than the nearest LDS temple.

Just one look at the parking lot says a whole bunch. Whoever sells the blue handicapped parking signs is making a bundle off the temple parking lots.  There are more handicapped-only parking places at the temples than at EPCOT center in Florida.

Then watch those who enter the temple.  Yes, there are plenty of people in their twenties up to their sixties, but take a gander at the number that are a little stooped with a bit of a shuffle.  Some are in their nineties!

But those are just the attendees.  To get a real understanding of why the over-population nuts have a right to blame the temple for so many Utahns sticking around, you have to go inside and see who works there.  Thousands of temple workers are more than seventy.  And working at the temple ruins plans for an early funeral.

Here’s why:

1) They have something more to do than sit and watch television.  Most work 10 to 20 hours a week at the temple in five hour shifts.  Add to that the preparation time to get nicely dressed up, and they’ve got a 30 hour work week.

2) They have a reason for living.  Talk to the workers and they love to work in the temple.  They believe in what they are doing, and there’s nothing like belief to keep the blood flowing.

3) They have a reason to smile.  Several times a week they get to do something meaningful AND do it around people they love to see.  This brings a smile to the old kisser.  As they smile, they socialize.  Nothing much better to keep a body agile than walking and talking with peers.

Read the rest of the points at Meridian Magazine.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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