I have mixed feelings about similarly homogenizing the Provo Temple. On the one
hand, the new Ogden design is more dignified, more what you expect to see in a
religious edifice. It looks like a temple. On the other hand, the old design was
more interesting, more quirky. It almost thumbed its nose at that sameness that
all LDS temples seem to have, albeit a very beautiful sameness. Part of me wants
to see Emil B. Fetzer's funky concept (the protective cloud over Israel and
the pillar of fire) preserved in Provo. In other matters,
I’ve noticed something about the Ogden Temple: remove the steeple and you
basically have the Mesa Arizona Temple. It’s a two-story box on top of a
one-story platform. That said, I can absolutely picture the Mesa Temple with a
spire. I previously thought maybe they could build a freestanding tower beside
the temple, but now I'd like to see it right on top and in the center. If
it's done right, with a tower-belfry-lantern superstructure tapering up to
the spire (as in Ogden), it could be really beautiful and Moroni could at last
fly over Mesa.
I would say 99% chance that the Provo Temple will undergo a similar
reconstruction. That is why the burning down of the Provo Tabernacle may turn
out to be a sort of a blessing. Once the old Provo Tabernacle becomes a Provo
Temple, all the old Provo Temple work can be transferred there during the
reconstruction of the old Provo Temple.
Even if a red corvette were parked outside the Temple, some people would still
find fault, and it isn't the dark woodwork I am referring to.
Yeah, the Temple is very beautiful indeed!And, yes, four of the
construction photos are the Provo Temple. (Nos 29, 30, 31, 32.)
I'm very impressed with the beauty of the interior and exterior of the
temple. The wood from Africa and the marble from Egypt are exquisite! The
contrast of dark and light reminds me of earth and heaven. Temples are where
earth and heaven come together and where we learn to move from one to the
other.I'm most impressed with the tree of life and sheaves of
wheat (bread of life, wheat from tares) symbolism shown throughout the temple.
All in all, it's stunning and a beautiful example of the peaceful elegance
found in the temples.
@ Red CorvetteFunny, I was thinking the dark, rich wood looked very
elegant, all polished and smooth with the contrasting lighter walls around.
Just a matter of perspective and personal opinion, isn't it?
Breathtaking photos! So excited to walk through it this weekend. "Red
Corvette" You don't know what you're talking about with your
cheap lobby look comment. The lobby looks incredible and the dark wood from
Africa looks amazing. What a blessing the re-opening of this Temple will be to
not only church members, but the entire community and a huge boost to local
business. Thanks to the LDS Church for all it has contributed to this community.
Thank goodness local businesses can reap profits from a temple open house.
Let's make sure that as we grow the kingdom, a few choice people are making
a little money as well.
While looking through the slideshow of images associated with this article, I
couldn't help but notice that two or three of the archived images of the
construction of the original Ogden temple were actually pictures of the
construction of the Provo Temple. One can positively identify Provo's Rock
Canyon and Lightening Ridge in the background in one image. In another, it looks
very much like Utah Lake, Lake Mountain, and Oquirrh Mountain in the background.
A third has hints of the slopes of Wymount in the background. I also can't
help but wonder if the Provo Temple will undergo a similar rebuild as Ogden once
the Provo City Center temple is finished.
This news story did Not mention that the tickets are Free!!Some may
be confused about this, because Most tickets to Most events do cost $$.Tickets are Necessary to manage the number of people at a given time, but they