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

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Salt Lake City, UT

Almost as soon as I read that the tabernacle had burned down, I knew they would work on replacing it as a temple. It didn't make sense to me that they would rebuild a tabernacle, since they are less useful in today's times. The Provo temple is very busy and this will be a nice addition to allow the people of Provo more temple opportunities and a better use of the land and Church resources.

It also follows the model of the Church using temples as a means of helping cities revitalize their urban areas.

Kaysville, UT

A handful of you have made comments (here) to the effect that the old shell of the tabernacle will be "re-used", or saved, in constructing the new temple.

What gave you that impression? Or where did you get that information? I wonder if you're jumping the gun and falsely presuming that they will keep the old. That was never announced that way.

I would just presume they'll demolish the old tabernacle ruins, and start from scratch. But perhaps you know something that I don't??

Kaysville, UT

I wonder what they will _NAME_ the new temple in Provo??! (since "Provo Utah Temple" is already taken).

Wouldn't it be AWESOME if the Church provided a way for members to submit "suggested names" for the new temple? (Hint, Hint for the Temples Department at Church HQ! Are you listening?)

That would be a VERY COOL thing for the Church to do --allowing the members to have some "input" on the naming of the new, second temple in Provo!

How about "The Provo Pioneer Temple"?! (copyright pending ;^)



While it's great news that they're keeping the Provo Tabernacle building, rather than gutting it, I'm very puzzled about building such a small temple in Provo to relieve the demand on the busy Provo Temple. Isn't this a bit like building a 7/11 convenience store to relieve the demand at a busy Super WalMart?

Oahu, HI

With out a douby its the one to be Built in the Congo that excites and amazes me.

The other two and the one in South Amers yes but not so much. But the Congo thats Special, if you don't think so Read the History and do the Math.

I got rid of my Dish, first time I have seen conference on Computer in real time. Worked out well. Computer Down Stairs and Upstairs and my Daughters Lap Top. I heard the TV Speakers so they hooked the Computer into the TV. 10 years ago I had to drive to the Stake Center, because the local Cable Company was blocking BET to show conference and the Militery blocked it out so the people could watch BET and rightly so. The next time around they showed it on one of the public stations. Far better for every one concerned. We can still not get it on the the Radio in Hawaii. If I get my 10 Watter thats the first thing I am going to do is get Conference on Radio. I want a Ten Watter so I can be a Talk Show Host and Play Modern Jazz and Country.

Idaho Falls, ID

For: JDD, I can see your point about not having a large amount of square footage. I would expect that construction plans could include support service space, such as offices, training space, storage and utilities in added underground space such as what is south of the tabernacle and a few other areas around Temple Square.

Living Below the Y
Provo, UT

jdd: It may be small, but it's not the only temple being built within the current Provo Utah Temple district to relieve its pressure (think the groundbreaking in Payson next week for the temple being built there.) And having a temple within EASY walking distance (I lived 1.25 miles from the Tabernacle until last month, and about 3 miles from the Provo temple. Now I live where I'll eventually be in Payson's temple district.) for the 'pioneer neighborhoods' (Joaquin/Maeser/etc.) would be very nice.

InspectorC: That would be a great name. Another one (I wish it was as good) would be the Provo Peak Utah Temple (I know it's not on the peak... but hey, the peak is still visible from there.)


I think it was also good to hear about the creation of a fund to help those seeking to go to the temple who live in an area where there isn't a temple and for whom it is very difficult to get to one. I don't know the reason for why some areas are blessed to have a temple versus another, but am grateful to know that a means is being provided to help all be to make and receive the blessings of the temple no matter where they live.

Salt Lake City, UT

Nice to se civil discussion on this story here. It's getting so I can't even read the Trib anyomore. As a Liberal, I used to really like that newspaper, but some people just don't know how to act like adults.

small town, Nebraska

Im always so excited to find out where the temples are going to be when conference comes around. Before the temple in Omaha was completed we either had to go to Denver or Chicago which in itself is about a 500 mile trip one way. Now that we have the temple in Omaha it sure is alot closer and we are able to go when circumstances and money permit. How I love going to the temple and feel it a great blessing to have one closer than having to go clear to Chicago or Denver. It sure is a blessing to get ones built closer.

Manti, UT

i loved this conference. How spiritually upifting and inspiring it was. President Monson was so charming and portrayed his sweet spirit through his speaking. When he announced the Provo tabernacle will be a new temple, I was reminded of the beautiful fire-bird, the Phoenix rising out of its own ashes, and soar toward the heavens. It was so good to hear that historic building will be given a chance to shelter the most sacred works and ordinances of the Church within its walls. I was so thrilled to hear President Monson annoounce all the other temples being built, especially the one in Wyoming. It's so good to know that the Church is growing and the work of the Lord is going forth.

Charlottesville, VA

InspectorC: The LDS Newsroom website makes it clear the temple won't be an entirely new construction. It says, "The project will include a complete restoration of the original exterior."

The Copenhagen Denmark Temple is another example of a historic building that was remodeled into a temple, and in that case, they built an underground addition to the side of the existing structure that connected into the basement in order to provide enough space.

It also remains to be seen what will happen to the old smokestack of the former heating plant. It features decorative brickwork and has some historic value. I assume it will have to go.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

There are at least 5 stakes just in Kinshasa, and another stake right across the river in Brazzaville. There are 3 other stakes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are no temples anywhere close to htere.

It is true that Kenya is very far from a temple, but there is only one stake in Kenya, so building a temple there is not likely anytime super soon. I guess Manitoba has one stake and a temple on the way. It is possible, but not likely.

Provo, UT

InspectorC: According to the picture released it is to be build using the oringinal plans.

Chachi: I think they will stay real close to the original building

West Valley, UT

Sometimes it is better to demolish old, inadequate buildings. (Think old Salt Palace Arena vs the modern Delta Center.)

We were married in the Logan Temple and are un-impressed with the renovated Logan Temple.

Wouldn't it be less expensive to completely demolish the unsafe shell of the Provo Tabernacle and build a new, modern SAFE building? If desired, couldn't the architects design a completely new temple that closely resembles the former Provo Tabernacle?

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

As a Young boy living in Star Valley over 60 years ago I heard stories that it had been said by someone long before that there would be a temple in that area.Great news of that now happening to my chidhood home and the home of my Grand parents who passed away before I was born but were early settlers of that beautiful valley.

Florissant, MO

I would not be surprised if after the Provo Tabernacle Temple is completed, that they shut Provo down for a while and do the changes there that they are doing in Ogden. I am really happy to hear about a 2nd temple in Provo, way to go.

Farmington, UT

For all you speculators concerning the design, just look at Nauvoo (identical on the exterior---built from scratch) and Vernal (actually preserved the existing exterior walls) to see what was done. The Provo Tabernacle has no shell remaining to use; that is why the brick walls are all braced to keep them from collapsing. The old pioneer engineering did have buildings with center spires---Coalville Tabernacle, Assembly Hall on Temple Square, Provo Tabernacle. Over time they needed repair as winter snow loads worked to deteriorate the lumber used to support the center spire structures, as well as horizontal wind loads. Expect a nearly identical exterior reconstuction with a completely different interior as the use of the building will drastically change. The existing remains will be fully documented to be sure prior to demolition. The new building will also need to meet modern building codes, like Nauvoo and Vernal. As far as suggesting a name, that's pretty presumptuous to think suggestions or a poll is appropriate; the brethren will name it whatever the Prophet approves/decides. This will augment not only Provo, but Payson and Timpanogos Temples. This is an exciting development in my view, along with MTC building improvements.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The Provo Tabernacle is a large building that can seat hundreds. I am not sure how that will translate into a "small temple". This is especially true since the new building will probably have an expanded underground area.

I seem to recall that President Monson said that the exterior of the tabernacle would be retained.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Actually the Temple Patron's Fund is not new, it has existed for some years. If I understood what my grandmother said on this matter though, at times in the past donations to it were not processed through tithing slips.

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