Provo City Center Temple

The Provo City Center Temple[5] is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) on the same site as the former Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah. Completed in 2016, the temple utilizes much of the external shell of the tabernacle, all that remained of the original building after a fire in December 2010.

Provo City Center Temple
Provo City Center Temple Construction.jpg
Number150
DedicationMarch 20, 2016, by Dallin H. Oaks
Site5.6 acres (2.3 ha)
Floor area85,084 sq ft (7,904.6 m2)
Height150 ft (46 m)
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Additional information
AnnouncedOctober 1, 2011
GroundbreakingMay 12, 2012, by Jeffrey R. Holland
Open houseFriday, January 15, 2016-Saturday, March 5, 2016
LocationProvo, Utah, United States
Ordinance rooms3 (Progressive/Movie rooms)
Sealing rooms5
Notes[4]
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Coordinates: 40°13′56.9424″N 111°39′32.2992″W / 40.232484000°N 111.658972000°W / 40.232484000; -111.658972000

Provo City Center Temple at night

AnnouncementEdit

The intent to construct the temple was announced by church president Thomas S. Monson on October 1, 2011, during the church's semi-annual general conference.[6][7] The temple was announced concurrently with those to be built in Barranquilla, Colombia; Durban, South Africa; Kinshasa, DR Congo; and Star Valley, Wyoming, along with the temple in Paris, France which had been previously announced.[6] At the time, this brought the total number of temples worldwide (either completed, under construction or announced) to 166 and the number of temples in Utah to 16. Provo became the second city in the LDS Church to have two temples, the first being South Jordan, Utah, with the Jordan River and Oquirrh Mountain temples. It is the second tabernacle in Utah to be converted to a temple, the first being the Vernal Utah Temple, and the fourth Latter-day Saint temple converted from an existing building. (The three previous being the Vernal Utah, Copenhagen Denmark, and Manhattan New York temples.) It is one of only two Latter-day Saint temples not to include the name of the state/province or country in which the temple is located (the other being the Salt Lake Temple).[8]

Site and developmentEdit

Provo City Center LDS Temple time-lapse video
 
Fire on December 17, 2010

The temple is located on the property where the Provo Tabernacle once stood. Historically, the tabernacle was used for church meetings and cultural events. In the early morning of December 17, 2010, a fire was reported at the tabernacle where firefighters found smoke coming from the building. At first firefighters thought that there might be a chance to save the roof and thus the outward structural integrity of the building, but at around 6:00 AM the roof collapsed.[9] The Provo City Fire Department concluded that "[t]he most probable proximate cause of the fire ... is a heat source, specifically an energized 300-watt lamp, which was placed too close to combustible materials, specifically a wooden speaker enclosure."[10]

In the fire, a copy of Harry Anderson's "The Second Coming" was entirely burned except for the outline of Jesus Christ.[11] The painting was preserved for the LDS Church's archives.[11]

 
During restoration process, February 2014

Monson stated that the temple will "include a complete restoration of the original exterior," and the artist's rendition in the press release includes the central tower from the original building.[12][13] Jeffrey R. Holland presided at the groundbreaking on May 12, 2012.[14][15]

During construction, the remaining tabernacle structure was fortified with six to 10 inches of reinforced concrete, combined with three rows of brick. It was supported on a structure of steel and concrete piles set at the planned altitude for the final building. Space for two below-grade stories was excavated before beginning work on the above-ground portions of the temple.[16] The excavation went down 40 feet. With the water level between 15 and 20 feet, a large amount of water was removed in the process.[17] Consistent with construction of most Latter-day Saint temples, on March 31, 2014, a statue of the angel Moroni was installed on top of the temple.[18]

Open house and dedicationEdit

A public open house was held from January 15 through March 5, 2016, excluding Sundays.[19]

The temple was dedicated on March 20, 2016, by Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Russell M. Nelson, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was in attendance at one of the three sessions. Also in attendance at one or more sessions were M. Russell Ballard and Gary E. Stevenson, both of the Quorum of the Twelve; members of the Presidency of the Seventy; members of the Seventy responsible for overseeing the church's Temple Department (Kent F. Richards, executive director, and Michael T. Ringwood[citation needed] and Larry Y. Wilson, Assistant Executive Directors); Dean M. Davies, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric; and auxiliary leaders, including Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President.[20][21][22]

Grounds and architectureEdit

While keeping the exterior style of the Provo Tabernacle, the interior of the building was redesigned for its new function.[12] The changes to the interior were drawn from themes from Victorian architecture from several of the region's historic buildings including the Gardo House, the Utah Governor's Mansion, and the Salt Lake Assembly Hall.[23] Stained glass from the original tabernacle was used in the reconstruction.[23]

 
Interior of Pavilion on Provo City Center Temple grounds.

The grounds also contain a pavilion with a replica of the Christus statue for visitors and wedding guests to wait in.[24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Walker, Joseph (October 1, 2011). "LDS general conference opens with the announcement of six new Mormon temples". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. Retrieved April 19, 2022..
  2. ^ "Mormon church president announces plans for new temples in Utah, Wyoming, Colombia, Africa". Washington Post. AP. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011..
  3. ^ "New Temples Announced for France, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming", Newsroom (News Release), LDS Church, October 1, 2011, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Walker, Joseph (March 23, 2012), "It's official: the Provo City Center Temple", Deseret News, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Walker, Joseph (March 23, 2012), "It's official: the Provo City Center Temple", Deseret News, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Walker, Joseph (October 1, 2011), "LDS general conference opens with the announcement of six new Mormon temples", Deseret News, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Mormon church president announces plans for new temples in Utah, Wyoming, Colombia, Africa". Washington Post. AP. October 1, 2011. Archived from the original on November 2, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2011..
  8. ^ Although some other temples vary from the official naming guidelines, all of them except Provo City Center and Salt Lake include at least the name of the state/province or country. For official guidelines, see "Temples renamed to uniform guidelines," Deseret News, October 16, 1999 (accessed October 27, 2015). Since that article was published, the temple in Omaha, Nebraska, has been renamed to "Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple" (see Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple page at churchofjesuschrist.org).
  9. ^ Fire guts Provo Tabernacle, KSL-TV, December 17, 2010, retrieved November 9, 2012
  10. ^ "Tabernacle Fire Report Executive Summary" (PDF), Tabernacle Fire Report (final), Provo Tabernacle Fire Investigative Task Force, March 31, 2011, archived from the original (PDF) on November 1, 2012, retrieved November 9, 2012
  11. ^ a b "Scorched portrait of Christ saved from Tabernacle". heraldextra.com. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  12. ^ a b "News Release: New Temples Announced for France, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming", Newsroom, LDS Church, October 1, 2011, retrieved November 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Meyers, Donald W. (October 5, 2011), "Mormon temple to rise from ashes of Provo Tabernacle", The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved November 9, 2012
  14. ^ Weaver, Sarah Jane (May 12, 2012), "Rising from ashes: Ground is broken for LDS Church's 2nd temple in Provo", Deseret News, retrieved November 9, 2012
  15. ^ Meyers, Donald W. (May 22, 2012), "Mormon Church breaks ground for new temple on Provo Tabernacle site", The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved November 9, 2012
  16. ^ Joseph Walker, "Provo City Center Temple a feat of engineering, hard work and faith", Deseret News, April 18, 2013
  17. ^ Walker, "Provo City Temple a feat of engineering"
  18. ^ Walch, Tad (March 31, 2014), "Angel Moroni statue ascends to top of Provo City Center Temple", Deseret News, retrieved March 31, 2014
  19. ^ "Open House Announced for Provo City Center Temple", Newsroom, LDS Church, June 9, 2015
  20. ^ "'Beauty for Ashes': 4,500 youth participate in cultural celebration", LDS Church News, Deseret News, March 19, 2016
  21. ^ "150th Temple Is Dedicated: Provo City Center Temple becomes the 16th Utah temple", Newsroom, LDS Church, March 20, 2016
  22. ^ Walch, Tad (March 20, 2016), "Elder Oaks dedicates Provo City Center Temple as 150th temple of the LDS Church", Deseret News
  23. ^ a b FFKR Architects (2018). "The Story of the Design of the Provo City Center Temple: When All Is Lost". Archived from the original on March 30, 2022. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  24. ^ "Provo City Center Temple | ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org". Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved September 17, 2022.

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