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Published: Saturday, Dec. 18 2010 7:00 a.m. MST

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John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I once sang with a BYU choir at the tabernacle. It was summer term, our fall term concert was in the De Jong Concert Hall, but attendance was lower, and also we may have in the summer spent some of our prep-time outside, which is not as popular a place in the winter. Anyway, it was the non-attidion choir, so in winter term there were actually two choirs performing in the same concert while summer term there was just one choir.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I have to say I hope they re-build the building as is. I think it is nice to have something that harkens back to 19th century Provo in the down-town. I also think the park-like area on the north side of the tabernacle is a nice touch.

The Caravan Moves On
Enid, OK

Arson?

Given the other 3 fires (SLC and (CO?)) at LDS chapels lately, it makes you wonder....

MrsDownhomeAmerica
Los Angeles, CA

Is there a place where we may contribute, not only to rebuilding the tabernacle, but also to those whose instruments and livlihood have been lost?

I hope we will all also look around us at the buned out relics of human beings we often see, and with some determination make an effort to make them whole, as well.
"He was someones's little baby, he was some mother's son, once he was fair, once he was young. . ."

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Linda S.
Orem, Utah

People let's please not be naive - the church is not going to save the Provo Tabernacle unless we get involved and get involved NOW! Remember the Coalville Tabernacle being torn down in the middle of the night? Remember the Salt Lake Theater? The Kolob (Springville) Chapel recently got raized in spite of minimal damage. LET'S NOT BE NAIVE!!!

Linda S.
Orem, Utah

I remember well the controversy over the Coalville Tabernacle. More recently is the Kolob (Springville) Chapel that was torn down in spite of merely minimal damage. Fortunately, the Kaysville Chapel was recently saved because enough support was raised. My own chapel the historic 800 So. chapel in Orem, has survived over the years survived only by the skin of it's teeth.

Linda S.
Orem, Utah

My understanding of what happened with the Vernal Tabernacle / Temple is that it ended up costing the church far more than expected, and being a far greater headache than expected. I heard that the situation with the Vernal Tabernacle was part of what kept the church from wanting to be involved in the BYU Academy Building. Fortunately The Academy was saved because of community support. If there is any possibility of saving the Provo Tabernacle it will definitely have to be because of community support. It needs to be rallied soon SOON however. We don't want another Coalville Tabernacle or Kolob Chapel on any of our consciences because we step step in and try to fight.

Correct me if I'm wrong with what I've heard on any of these stories.

Let this not become another parking lot for Nu Skin!!!!! :((((((((((((

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

MT and P,
First off, Mayor Buillings is no longer in office.

Secondly, while the loss is felt most heavily by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this building has been used for inter-faith services, for concerts that were not sponsored by a specific religious organization and were aimed at a broad range of residents, and for other events and activities that benefitted people of many faiths or not faith at all.

Beyond this, I have seen no suggestion that tax money be sued to rebuild it. If the government were to take that course, they should buy the land and then re-build the building. If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints retains the land, a combination of Church money with possibly voluntary donations from other groups should be used.

Leah
Snowflake, AZ

Looking at the box to leave a comment and all of a sudden I am speechless. I would have to agree with Ciaobello, I am just heartsick.

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