Comments about ‘Provo Tabernacle to rise from ashes as a temple’

Return to article »

Published: Saturday, Oct. 1 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Farmington, UT

This will be a great use of a reconstructed historic structure and will be fondly embraced by members in the area and elsewhere.

Florissant, MO

Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. They are taking something that was damaged and turning it into something sacred. That is so awesome, I am so happy for the people in the Provo area to not only have a new temple, but to enjoy this beautiful structure.

Charlottesville, VA

1) The Copenhagen Denmark Temple is a good indicator of how size constraints might be addressed when remodeling a pre-existing building into a temple: there, a reinforced foundation was added, and an underground addition was built to the side of the main building, connecting to the basement.
2) The rendering seems to show the old heater building still in existence, but you can't see whether the brick smokestack is still there or not.
3) Doubtless the temple will help breathe new life into the Center Street area (as will the new convention center and NuSkin project), but also the blocks just south of the tabernacle, which are what really need it.
4) Now BYU's lack of an adequate concert hall is felt more acutely than ever. BYU has no concert pipe organ--just the Madsen Recital Hall.
5) It would seem strange if the current Provo Temple were to retain that name while the temple at the exact center of downtown gets a name like "Provo Peak Temple" or "South Provo Temple." Perhaps an Ogden-style remodel of the current Provo Temple will occur after this or Payson is finished, and it will then be renamed.

Provo, UT

Provo City Council voted unanimously to sell 3/4 acre of public land in Downtown Provo to the LDS Church for $500K. No bids, no auction, no public comment period - just here, one-true church, take this public land for less than commercial value.

Just another day in Utah - where theocracy knows no bounds.

Kaysville, UT

Well Chachi, until Tom Monson announces it I'm predicting no names will be changed and your concert hall problem will remain just that....

I'm glad the existing structure will be utilized in this new temple scheme of things.
Maybe after it's finished I'll sneak down to Provo to do a walk thru during the tours. I've actually been in a couple of your temples on tours..

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I would not be surprised if the new temple is called the Provo Tabernacle Temple.

On the issue of BYU having a true concert hall, it might be nice for them to build an additional concert hall, and if they could convince the board that it does not count as academic space they might get approval. With the Broadcasting Building finished I am not aware of any major construction projects at BYU, so maybe building a new concert hall there will occur. I am all for it, but that does not really matter much.

West Valley, UT

As a person who loves the sound of a pipe organ, I feel a pipe organ is a waste of money. BYU replaced the practice pipe organs with Rodgers Digital organs many years ago.

The new Allen and Rodgers Digital organs are superior to the "expensive to build, expensive to maintain" pipe organs that are now modern day dinosaurs. Our ward house much less expensive LDS standard Allen AP 22a is surperior in every way to the 10 rank pipe organ in our stake house.

Medical Lake, Washington

Though I grew up near Spokane Washington, I was born in Utah and remember attending stake conference in the Provo Tabernacle as a very young boy, I've always been interested in architecture and pipe organs, so the building made a lasting impression on me.

I too was thrilled while watching the morning session of conference and heard the announcement. The fire was tragic, but it goes to show each of us that even when tragedy strikes, we can pick up the pieces and accomplish something even better after wards. I think it is too frequent that many of us simply leave the ashes and scarred in our personal lives and retain the soot as evidence that we have suffered. Lets all be a little more forgiving, less bitter about past fires in our lives and replant, rebuild, and then have glorious open houses to celebrate what we've accomplished.

Kaysville, UT

Maybe, coulda, shoulda, woulda and suppose.

Lots of conjecture.. ok, from an outsider I'll throw in a guess.

How about the Temple be named the New Provo Temple as apposed to the Old Provo Temple.

The way Mormons are building Temples, soon there will be one in every town in Utah and Idaho.

Mark C
Gilbert, SC

Naming the new temple Provo Tabernacle Temple would be like naming it Provo Temple Temple. My idea is Provo Pioneer Temple.

Saint George, UT

Agree with John of Michigan...The Provo Tabernacle Temple.

Could be The Provo Center Temple, but then it might be confused with Provo Towne Center.

How about The Provo Pioneer Temple?


Awesome decision. Great surprise. Can't wait to see it. Outstanding to see so many temples being built in so many areas of the world. President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet.

South Salt Lake, UT

I am hoping that that they will not use that 300 watts bulb inside the sound box in that building again. They better start using LED lights where it stay cooler and last a lot long than regular light blubs. Cheaper too.

Somewhere in Time, UT

I like the name "Provo Pioneer Temple." But, we'll just have to wait and see. Whatever it is, I'm so thrilled I can't wait.

As someone who is a Provo native with generations of roots in Provo (my ancestor founded Provo) it means everything to have this building not only restored, but turned into a Temple. It broke my heart when it burned. I have spent my life attending meetings and events at the Provo Tabernacle. Now it's going to be even better. I thank President Monson and the Saviour for this great blessing.

Mike Johnson
Stafford, VA

I like "Provo Pioneer Temple." It has a good ring to it.

I also like that the state with the second largest LDS population without a temple is now getting one in Wyoming (61,000 members in 2009 with 16 stakes).

I am, of course, living in the state with the largest LDS population without a temple--Virginia (85,000 members in 2009 with 19 stakes).

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

I would have thought this would be a good opportunity to get a better design for this tabernacle. But the people have spoken and they will get what they ask for.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY


That would be awesome.

Whatever they call it, this is a wonderful use for the building.

Western Rover

I wonder why the church chose to restore the Provo Tabernacle, when they chose to demolish the Coalville Tabernacle, even though it wasn't burnt down? (At least they salvaged the artwork.)

Ghost Writer

Fabulous way of taking a negative and creating a positive. Can't wait to see how the new interior is set up.


Sad day to be a Provoan. The loss of an beautiful tabernacle with great acoustics, perfect for community choruses and like events was tragic.

But rather than rebuild a community center and focal point, they are electing to disenfranchise an increasingly significant portion of the population. The tabernacle was built by the citizens of Provo, and so many are now being told "You aren't welcome in our little "Zion"".

As to those who think that it will revitalize downtown, they clearly haven't seen the Provo's downtown was increasingly vibrant. The last thing it needs is an exclusionary Temple, and another massive parking lot on its main street.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments