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Published: Saturday, Oct. 1 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Alpine Blue
Alpine, UT

Wonderful news about converting the Provo Tabernacle into a temple. Also delighted to hear the news about Wyoming's first temple in Star Valley.


Wow. My friends of Kenya are going to scratch their heads again.
Still exciting though.

Provo, UT

I still have tears in my eyes- and I know that those who have proceeded us, in who the Tabernacle was a special place, are rejoicing as well

Morgan, UT

And the work of the Lord continues...


Tears filled my eyes when the Provo Tabernacle burned & again with the announcement this morning. While a student at The Y in 1972 we would take walks down center street with our 2 year little girl to the Tabernacle.

Provo, UT

The city name is Bogotá, not Bogata.

Pullman, WA

I am sooo excited about all of these announced temples, but I am most excited to see the ones going up in Africa. What a great day for our brothers and sisters in the African nations, and what great love the Lord has for these saints.

Somewhere in Time, UT

As a Provo native and one who has roots for generations in Provo, I was broken hearted when our Tabernacle burned. I couldn't even stand to go past it for quite a while. I have prayed that it would be saved. I am so thrilled that it will not only be saved, but turned into a new Temple. GLORY HALLELUJEH!

Springville, UT

I had heard that architectural planning and engineering was going forth for the Provo Tabernacle. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine this!

Saint George, UT

Wonderful News about the Tabernacle, always loved that building and the special feeling it gave me every time I saw it. I cried when it burned and felt so sad at the loss, like the loss of an old friend. But today, I got chills and rejoiced out loud as all did in the conference center and around the world. What a blessing that will be to the saints that will come from all over to do the work of the Lord. I was almost more excited about that announcement than all the rest and I've been wondering when there would be one in Paris, so that is also SOOOOO exciting!

Brigham City, UT

Very excited about the temple announcements! My Dad's family were born and raised in the Star Valley area. Kind of ironic that so much is going on so close to our old home, now that we're living in Germany: first with the Brigham City temple and now the Star Valley one!

Charlottesville, VA

Provo's loss of a community center in the Provo Tabernacle is now known to be a permanent change. But even the non-LDS residents of Provo now know that they will be able to enjoy the tabernacle as a permanent landmark, restored to its pre-1917 appearance. And its presence will transform the Center Street area.

I thought it funny that the mention of the plans for a temple in Paris--which was announced a while ago--drew a collective gasp.

Not a hater

I wonder if President Monson had stopped off at a hospital or a nursing home to give a blessing or some form of ministry. He is amazing! He has always lived in a way that says people are more important than meetings. The Paris Temple had only been announced in the media and by media in France. It had not been announced yet in general conference yet, so I fully expected it and still gasped and then cried. Think how many generations of French saints have been waiting for a temple within their own borders. It makes me smile and my step lighter.

Medical Lake, Washington

This has come to be one of my favorite parts about conference -- the Prophet announcing more temples to be built. Its getting to the point where such announcements are made at each and every opening session of conference.

I too was thrilled about the Provo Tabernacle announcement. I was born in Provo and remember fondly attending stake conferences there as a small boy. My father always let us sit in the balcony (being upstairs is always a strong draw for small kids). And what a bonus, it looks like they'll restore the center lantern which was on the building in the early 1900's, but had to be removed.

As a family, we committed ourselves to donating what we could to the Temple Patron fund. What a wonderful thing.

Charlottesville, VA

Actually, the Church itself, not just the French media, had announced its intention to build a temple in France. Go to the LDS Newsroom site and search for "Church Statement on Temple in France," from July 15 of this year. That is why Pr. Monson stated it not as an announcement, but merely as a recognition that the Church continues with its efforts on that front.

The announcement of a temple in Kinshasha shows the Church's dedication to bringing the gospel to the whole world, regardless of the cost. The LDS Church is growing quickly in Africa, but the DRC is no easy place to put a temple. GDP per capita is $328, and crime is rampant. It's hard to get materials and workmanship up to temple standards in places like that, and often the Church must build supporting infrastructure and provide 24-hour security. All of that was necessary in Aba, Nigeria, and even still the temple had to be closed for over a year due to fears of violence, kidnappings, and other crime.

Provo, UT

Rebuilding the Provo Tabernacle as a temple will certainly be a huge undertaking. Those walls will have to be reenforced seismically and a basement level will have to be dug out and created with a seismically reenforced foundation.

The original tabernacle design with that central tower was so ahead of its time that it could not be built with the existing technology of the 1880s and 1890s, hence why the tower had to be removed back in 1917. I am glad that steel trusses and reenforcement will make the central tower possible again.

Despite what the rendering show, I suspect that 100 South will be removed south of the new temple. Security reasons for a start. Provo's post office at 100 s - 100 W is now so out of date and so small for the size of the community that I also suspect that the church will buy the property and that a more modern bigger post office will relocate somewhere else in downtown Provo.


The illustration of the tabernacle temple looks beautiful--then I realized that the Nu-Skin building is not in the background. The architectural style of the Nu-Skin building is a dark spot in downtown Provo and should have never been approved. With a temple nearby it is even more obvious of a mistake.

Brigham City, UT

The biggest cheer was for the Star Valley temple-----must be a lot of Wyoming people in conference today.

Global Warner
Provo, UT

Pres. Monson's announcement in general conference that our old historic Provo pioneer tabernacle will become a second temple in our fair city is wonderful news. Kaye and my ancestors who helped make the bricks and cut the timber for its construction over a century ago must be rejoicing in heaven that they were actually building a holy temple to their God. The converted tabernacle that becomes a holy temple will bless many in our community and visitors from around the world.

Salt Lake City, UT

Esthetically the (interior) ceiling was a problem for years and really had kind of ruined the Tabernacle in my opinion. Certainly the plain, flat ceiling was not the original and frankly it, along with the non-incandescent, recessed lighting it contained, was grossly anachronistic and out of character for the building. Plus the rest of the interior could never have been truly restored.

The Tabernacle served an honorable mission. Now, the wholesale, adaptive reuse of the entire interior, preservation of the exterior and restoration of the original roof line, is a great idea. Also a great example of how a good or perhaps even better thing can come of a pile of ashes.

Now, it would be great if a new, multi-stake meeting center and/or nice concert hall, with a new, concert pipe organ, could also be built to replace that functionality of the old Tabernacle, which served the community and BYU music department for years.

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