After we got to talking about temple attendance in Elders’ Quorum I mentioned Pushing Towards the Temple. Our high councilman was sitting in. He observed that whoever was pushing towards the temple, it wasn’t us. The major effect of the Church building a temple out here in our backyard is that we started taking the temple for granted, he said. We’re Utah Mormons now, he said.
Obviously we’re not “Utah Mormons” in every way. Most Mormons in Utah aren’t either. But there is a sense in which President Hinckley’s temple-building program has brought a great many more of us the same opportunities and the same risks that the Saints in the central places have had all along. Will we go to the temple if we don’t have to push through mud to do it? In our temple district, the Saints who are the farthest away have the highest rates of attendance.