Despite danger, El Paso Latter-day Saints cross border to attend the temple

The two border towns of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, permanently staring at each other from opposite sides of the Rio Grande, could not be more different.

Congressional Quarterly recently named El Paso the second-safest city of its size in the United States — although more than 600,000 people call El Paso home, fewer than 30 murders have taken place there in the past two years.

Conversely, Juarez is the most dangerous city in Mexico and one of the most treacherous in the world. According to a recent Associated Press story, over that same time frame as many as 4,000 of Juarez's 1.5 million inhabitants have been murdered.

With that backdrop, against all earthly logic, hundreds of Latter-day Saints cross the border from El Paso to Juarez every week. Their purpose? To attend the temple.

The El Paso Texas Mount Franklin and El Paso Texas Stakes are both part of the Ciudad Juarez Mexico Temple district. The former is assigned to provide temple patrons each Tuesday, the latter every Thursday.

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