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Published: Saturday, Oct. 1 2011 11:28 a.m. MDT

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John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

On the name Provo Tabernacle Temple has actually been used here. They can of course rename the existing Provo Temple, so the final name of either is possible. I would not be surprised if Provo Tabernacle Temple is the used name though.

washcomom
Beaverton, OR

It's awesome that the temples are being built world-wide. There are places that have needed temples for a while, and these that will be built in Africa and Colombia are going to be very much appreciated.

moniker lewinsky
Taylorsville, UT

I guess it's not a down economy for everybody. It seems that the church is in excellent financial health as always.

Allen#1
West Valley, UT

I am GLAD the Church is in excellent financial health.

How could the Church help people all over the Earth if it were in poor financial health?

Allen#1
West Valley, UT

Why even include Provo in the name of the new temple?

The temple in American Fork is called the Mount Timpanogos Temple, the temple in Daybreak portion of South Jordan is called the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, and the other temple in South Jordan is called the Jordan River Temple.

Our stake is named Salt Lake Jordan North Stake and it is NOT in Salt Lake City nor in any city with the name of "Jordan".

snowman
Provo, UT

rightascension: the tabernacle already has a basement complete with a baptismal font.

snowman
Provo, UT

Allen#1: The tabernacle is on the national and state historical records. It is Utah oldest historical building. For them to rebuild it they have to use as much of the original design that they can so they can't tear it down and start over.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ snowman

It isn't practical to leave tall unreinforced masonry walls standing while trying to construct a building that meets modern codes within those walls. For one thing, any seismic shock would bring the walls down immediately. A better course of action is to carefully document the exterior and when it is rebuilt, make it identical in every detail. But realize that the new brick walls, while being constructed of the same brick, would be attached to a structural frame capable of resisting an earthquake, strong winds, snow loads and the entire building will be fire sprinkled.

Historical structures are defined as those "over 50 years old" so sometimes they don't make sense. In this case, it does make sense and it will look like the original on the exterior when it is finished. Just watch what happens and perhaps you'll be surprised.

I've atttended events in that building and look forward to seeing it rebuilt as a Temple.

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

With the sharp decline in current Temple attendence, I don't understand why more are being built at this time? I think the current operating Templed attendance should be shored. This is a bad business model, many corporation retract and fold because of this pie in the sky growth model.

johnd
WAYNE, PA

This is my opinion on why the Church might build new temples even when the economy is tough or attendance is down. Again, this is just opinion.
1) Attendance is down perhaps because times are hard. People are working more or cannot afford gas, bus/plane tickets or baby-sitters. The Church is perhaps bringing the temple to the people in order to facilitate attendance. This is particularly applicable for the DR Congo temple. Currently the Saints there are traveling thousands of miles. This is not to say that the Church is building a Kinshasa temple instead of the mentioned Kenya temple, or that it could not afford to build a Kenya temple.
2) Usually the Church waits for a certain number of stakes or a certain strength of the Church in an area to build a temple. Sometimes it seems that building a temple in a country strengthens the Church there. Members take ownership of the temple and serve there, and it becomes a beacon in that country or area.

snowman
Provo, UT

toosmartforyou: For it to remain on the historical register they have to used what is left of the orginal building. An example would be the Provo city library ws built using the orginal structure of an exsisting but falling down historical building.

InspectorC
Kaysville, UT

tosmartforyou @ 9:55 PM 10-1-11, wrote:
"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." ---end quote

Hey... IMHO it doesn't take a prophet to pick a name for a temple. It's a no-brainer that every time a new temple is built (or new stake created, etc. etc.) the Brethren entertain suggestions from the local authorities as to what that new temple/stake/ward/etc. ought to be named.

I think it would be awesome if the Church Temples Department set up some method for members of the church to submit suggestions for the new name. Great "PR" move by the church!

frogguy
PROVO, UT

Let me just comment on the use of the existing exterior walls of the tabernacle. Several have commented that it would be better to demolish them and start over, or that it's hard or impossible to build a new building inside an existing exterior. Well, we Americans are used to "new" and "modern" buildings. But in other parts of the world, saving and restoring exteriors is very common. In Brugges Belgium it is prohibited to destroy the old "row house" facades of downtown. While I was there I saw totally empty lots with facades being held in place with scaffolding and bracing while a new building was constructed within the existing exterior walls. I've also stayed in the Park Hotel in Den Hague, Netherlands which is also a new hotel within the ancient "row house" exterior facade. From within it's just like any other modern hotel, but from outside, it's appearance remains as several adjacent "row house" structures. Building a new temple interior within the existing tabernacle walls will not be a new or difficult thing, except that it isn't common in Provo.

Wyclif
OREM, UT

mightymite

You are amusing. From everything I have seen in my temple visits, temple attendance is actually up. Conversions are up. Church growth is up. Faithfulness of members is up. Conference viewership is up. 97% of the world now has access to LDS General Conference through its many distribution outlets. I love it all.

Eileen Fullenwider
Tucson, Arizona

Here in Tucson we are still hoping to be on the next list!

lcclayton
CASPER, WY

While we are thrilled for the saints in Star Valley, I have to admit that the announcement that the only temple in Wyoming is to be built there, left some of us in the stakes of central and Northeastern Wyoming scratching our heads a little. We read that the drive from Star Valley to a temple has been an hour and a half. Ours is five hours. We have no doubt that Star Valley saints are great temple attenders. If they exceed us, maybe the distance they have had to go has something to do with it.

Vernal Mom
Vernal, UT

After the Vernal Tabernacle was turned into a temple, there was talk that they would never construct a temple this way again. The restoration of the exterior, and the expense of construction was "tremendous". The results are a beautiful, historic temple! So happy for my children who live in So. Provo, I never expected this to happen again.

Acegrace
Lilburn, GA

To lcclayton in Casper WY

I appreciate that you saints in Casper drive hours to Denver to go to the temple. I know that I-25 is sometimes icy and blowing snow in the winter since I took it many times when I was at UW and married a Casper-ite, but it's nice and well-maintained.

The roads to Idaho Falls (or Logan or Rexburg) are narrow, icy and twisty for the Star Valley saints.

This is also the fulfillment of a prophecy by the apostle, Moses Thatcher who dedicated and named the valley that there would be a temple built there some day.

It was a stunner to all of us who grew up there and those who live there nevertheless!

As to the fishing comment Pres. Monson made - I had to smile because that's how I met him when he was a young Apostle in 1976 when I was 12. He had gone fishing with my bishop, Bishop McKim that weekend and attended our ward in Thayne that Sunday and that's the day I graduated from Primary!

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