Deseret News, Sunday, November 17, 2002

This is the text of LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's letter 
regarding the Main Street Plaza:

To Our Neighbors, 

I send to you my warmest greetings.

For almost all of my 92 years, I have lived and worked in the Salt Lake 
community among wonderful fellow citizens  people of all faiths and 
backgrounds whom I have greatly appreciated and considered my friends. 
We have worked side by side to accomplish many significant things to 
benefit the community and assist the needy.

Never has the strength of our community been manifest more clearly than 
earlier this year. Thousands of volunteers, of all beliefs and 
persuasions, earned international admiration and respect by working 
tirelessly together to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

I have spoken often and plainly to the members of our Church on the 
subject of reaching out as good neighbors and being helpful to all. I am 
convinced this is what God expects of us, despite personal differences 
of opinion in some matters.

In October 2000, we dedicated the Church's new Conference Center and the 
new Church plaza  including the area immediately in front of the Salt 
Lake Temple, which was formerly part of Main Street. The prayer of 
dedication included a plea that the plaza be seen as a place of peace  
an oasis in the midst of this bustling city  an island of quiet beauty 
where the weary may sit and contemplate the things of God and the 
beauties of nature. Unfortunately, some have since felt that this place 
of peace should be a place of protest, that this island of quiet beauty 
should be used for confrontational and noisy demonstrations. A 
distressing legal battle has ensued.

I am sending you this packet of information for the simple purpose of 
sharing our perspective. I invite you to study and ponder it in light of 
our most important goal as neighbors: to live together in peace with 
appreciation and respect for another. If, after having read it, you 
would like to share your thoughts with me, I would gladly welcome them. 
Please direct any reply to the Office of the First Presidency, Re: 
Church Plaza, 47 E. South Temple St., Salt Lake City, UT 84150-6200.


Gordon B. Hinckley



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