Provo City Center Temple

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Not to be confused with the Provo Tabernacle or the Provo Utah Temple.
Provo City Center Temple
Dedication Scheduled
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Number 150 edit data
Dedication scheduled for 20 March 2016 (20 March 2016)
Floor area 85,084 sq ft (7,905 m2)
Height 150 ft (46 m)
Official websiteNews & images

Coordinates: 40°13′56.9424″N 111°39′32.2992″W / 40.232484000°N 111.658972000°W / 40.232484000; -111.658972000

The Provo City Center Temple[4] is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) under construction on the same site as the former Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah. The temple utilizes much of the external shell of the tabernacle, which was damaged in a fire in 2010.


The announcement was made by church president Thomas S. Monson on October 1, 2011, during the church's semi-annual general conference.[1][2] The temple was announced concurrently with those to be built in Barranquilla, Colombia; Durban, South Africa; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Star Valley, Wyoming, along with the temple in Paris, France which had been previously announced.[1] At the time, this brought the total number of temples worldwide (either completed, under construction or announced) to 166 and the number of temples in Utah to sixteen. This will be the second city in the LDS Church to have two temples, the first being South Jordan, Utah with the Jordan River and Oquirrh Mountain temples. This will be the second tabernacle in Utah to be converted to a temple, the first being the Vernal Utah Temple. It is one of only three named LDS temples that vary from naming guidelines the church began using in 1999,[5] the other 2 being the Salt Lake Temple and Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple.

Site and development[edit]

Further information: Provo Tabernacle
Fire on 17 Dec 2010

The temple will be located on the property where the Provo Tabernacle once stood. Historically, the tabernacle was used for church meetings and cultural events. On December 17, 2010, at 2:43 AM MST, a fire was reported at the tabernacle where firefighters found smoke coming from the building. At first firefighters thought that there might be a chance to save the roof and thus the outward structural integrity of the building, but at around 6:00 AM MST the roof collapsed.[6] The Provo City Fire Department concluded that "The most probable proximate cause of the fire ... is a heat source, specifically an energized 300-watt lamp, which was placed too close to combustible materials, specifically a wooden speaker enclosure."[7]

Monson stated that the temple will "include a complete restoration of the original exterior," and the artist's rendition in the press release includes the central tower from the original building.[3][8]

Jeffrey R. Holland presided at the groundbreaking on May 12, 2012.[9][10]

During construction, the remaining tabernacle structure was fortified with six to 10 inches of reinforced concrete, combined with three rows of brick. It was supported on a structure of steel and concrete piles set at the planned altitude for the final building. Space for two below-grade stories was excavated before beginning work on the above-ground portions of the temple.[11] The excavation went down 40 feet. With the water level between 15 and 20 feet, a large amount of water was removed in the process.[12] Consistent with construction of most LDS temples, on March 31, 2014, a statue of the angel Moroni was installed on top of the temple.[13]

A map of the Provo City Center Temple grounds, showing current buildings and demolished buildings of historical interest.

Open House and Dedication[edit]

On June 9, 2015, the LDS Church announced that a public open house will be held from Friday, 15 January 2016 through Saturday, 5 March 2016, excluding Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, March 20, 2016.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Walker, Joseph (October 1, 2011), "LDS general conference opens with the announcement of six new Mormon temples", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-11-09 .
  2. ^ a b "Mormon church president announces plans for new temples in Utah, Wyoming, Colombia, Africa". Washington Post. AP. October 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-05. .[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "New Temples Announced for France, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Colombia, Utah and Wyoming", Newsroom (News Release) (LDS Church), October 1, 2011, retrieved 2012-11-09 .
  4. ^ a b Walker, Joseph (March 23, 2012), "It's official: the Provo City Center Temple", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-11-09 .
  5. ^ "Temples renamed to uniform guidelines". Church News (Deseret News). October 16, 1999. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  6. ^ Fire guts Provo Tabernacle, KSL-TV, December 17, 2010, retrieved 2012-11-09 
  7. ^ "Tabernacle Fire Report Executive Summary" (PDF), Tabernacle Fire Report (final) (Provo Tabernacle Fire Investigative Task Force), March 31, 2011, retrieved 2012-11-09 
  8. ^ Meyers, Donald W. (October 5, 2011), "Mormon temple to rise from ashes of Provo Tabernacle", The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2012-11-09 
  9. ^ Weaver, Sarah Jane (May 12, 2012), "Rising from ashes: Ground is broken for LDS Church's 2nd temple in Provo", Deseret News, retrieved 2012-11-09 
  10. ^ Meyers, Donald W. (May 22, 2012), "Mormon Church breaks ground for new temple on Provo Tabernacle site", The Salt Lake Tribune, retrieved 2012-11-09 
  11. ^ Joseph Walker, "Provo City Center Temple a feat of engineering, hard work and faith", Deseret News, April 18, 2013
  12. ^ Walker, "Provo City Temple a feat of engineering"
  13. ^ Walch, Tad (March 31, 2014), "Angel Moroni statue ascends to top of Provo City Center Temple", Deseret News, retrieved 2014-03-31 
  14. ^ "Open House Announced for Provo City Center Temple", Newsroom (LDS Church), 2015-06-09 

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