PHOENIX — Some north Phoenix residents are voicing strong opposition

to a proposed Mormon temple, saying it would be an eyesore and would

disrupt their mountain views. The

four-story, all white, 9,500-square-foot temple would rise from the

desert floor near 51st Avenue and West Pinnacle Peak Road. During

a public meeting this week, some neighborhood residents accused The

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of being

Johnny-come-latelies who are attempting to steal their quality of life.

Backers say temples improve property values and the community.

The proposed temple would be the first one constructed in Phoenix.


planning director Deborah Stark said the federal Religious Freedom Act

permits churches to be built in any type of zoning and does not

restrict steeple height. The LDS Church operates temples in Mesa and Snowflake.