Local Mormon Temple Featured On MTV Cribs

by staff on May 22, 2010

Phillip Hinckley pauses for photo op during filming of Cribs.

LA JOLLA — Yesterday’s episode of MTV Cribs included San Diego’s own Church of Latter-Day Saints on their annual “High and Mighty” special, which features the most luxurious places of worship across the U.S.

The temple, which is hard to miss when driving along the I5 through La Jolla, has been a local landmark since its 1993 inception.

Many San Diegans are familiar with the temple’s castle-like structure, but the interior has long been a mystery to most, since non-Mormons aren’t allowed to enter. MTV’s film crew was the first in history allowed to pass through the marble gates of the 72,000 square foot facility.

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It turns out, as expected, the temple is just as glamorous on the inside as it is on the outside. For starters, the lobby has its own Starbucks which serves decaffeinated beverages exclusively.

“Unlike other religions, we don’t need to be hopped-up on caffeine to have enough energy to praise the lord,” said 23-year-old Phillip Hinckley, a Mormon priest-in-training who gave MTV a tour of the temple.

The second floor of the temple features a holy water slide, which aims to take baptisms into the 21st century.

Mounted on the walls of the temple are various bible verses which are carved out of solid gold and encrusted in diamonds. Verses like, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil” (Timothy 6:10) and “The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor” (Prov. 29:7).

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Critics of the church argue that the funds spent on expensive, over-the-top decor could be put to better use by going to charity. Hinckley defended the church’s position by saying, “Look, when Jesus returns for his second coming, he’s going to have a choice to make. He can choose to stay at a 2-star temple like the Lutheran Church in Clairemont, which doesn’t even have an indoor pool for Christ’s sake, or he can stay at a 5-star temple resort overlooking the ocean. There’s no denying, we’d all like the publicity.”

Hinckley added, “Our only major competition is the Vatican, but hell, even they don’t have a bowling alley.”

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June 16, 2010 at 12:47 am


Maxx16 July 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

As a Morman I would have to say…..this is sooooooo funny. not so true, but very funny. thnaks for the write up 🙂

Collin July 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

This is actually incredibly insulting. I hope nobody actually believes this.

Adam September 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm

As a Mormon, I can get a laugh out of this article. I do love this building and find it sacred to me and my beliefs. However God did give me a sense of humor. Thanks for keeping it funny and not blasting my Church. It brings a ton of beauty to SD.

Jake March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

This… might be funny to some, but… It is rather… insulting. The temples are holy places for us. I hope nobody…. believes this. I myself have been through the San Diego Temple, and it is beautiful and peaceful. Anyone with something like a Starbucks would be asked to leave, I’m sure.
I can say that this is false ^^;

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