November 29, 2023


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Goodbye, House Age layout. Now we know what the Provo Temple will seem like.

Transforming will give it a significantly additional standard glimpse.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) The latest Provo temple, left, and a rendering of the reconstruction.

The Latter-day Saint temple in Provo is acquiring a makeover — from its initial Space Age, circular structure to a extra common, regular glimpse.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints produced a rendering Wednesday of what the iconic sanctuary will search like following it is reworked. The temple will continue to be in its existing locale but be unrecognizable from its existing form.

The rounded temple, created by then-church architect Emil Fetzer, opened in 1972, just months soon after its architectural twin, the Ogden Temple — the only other temple with a comparable, round design and style — was devoted. That temple was rebuilt as a far more regular construction as nicely and reopened in 2014.

“The Ogden and Provo temples evoke a Room Age symbolism, a streamlined Saturn V rocket propelling the Apollo module beyond the terrestrial frontiers and into the fantastic void of room,” Steven Cornell and Kirk Huffaker wrote in The Salt Lake Tribune in 2010. “…The intended symbol, a Hebraic pillar of hearth atop the cloud God employed to stifle the Egyptian army as Israel produced her miraculous escape, was comparable to the modern day Saturn V imagery.”

And Fetzer’s interiors for the Ogden and Provo temples featured an innovation that has given that become a Latter-day Saint staple: Ordinance rooms — the place users listen to the story of human heritage from the Back garden of Eden via mortality to the afterlife — all lead to the Celestial Room, representing heaven, in the middle.

The latest Provo Temple style is “part of a more substantial constructed landscape that formulated in the mid-20th century,” David Amott, executive director of Preservation Utah, wrote Wednesday. “Many of Brigham Young University’s modernist buildings, the Missionary Instruction Center, and the houses encompassing the temple ended up designed in extra or less the similar era and thus hang jointly in a unified way.”

To location a classically styled building in the center of this larger landscape “would damage this unique, dwelling document of how the LDS Church grew (grew up) in the center of the 20th century and grew to become the world-wide institution it is these days,” Amott wrote in an e mail. “The Provo Temple created a prototype for all temples that arrived soon after it (in the LDS Church’s energy to choose the temple practical experience to the 4 corners of the planet), and for that reason by itself it warrants to stand.”

Generations of “missionaries from all in excess of the globe, BYU students, and so on., have utilised this temple to receive their religious rites, carry out rituals for many others, and so on.,” he extra. “This is not just a local temple and a regional concern.”

Social media was awash in responses about the proposed revisions.

“I am unhappy to see it go! The aged Provo temple is like your loved ones dog. We are authorized to complain about it but that does not imply we want to change it!” tweeted Lauren Simpson. “It’s an unattractive canine, but it is OUR unattractive canine.”

“It was distinct, cleanly inventive w/meticulously decided on symbolism,” Weston C. tweeted, “and took a cherished (if at times poked enjoyment at) spot in own/local heritage.”

“Moving from a long term-oriented structure to previous-oriented is fascinating,” Chad Reiser wrote on Twitter. “The church had a modest handful of temples in the ‘60s, now all temples are created to appear like they’ve been there for hundreds of a long time.”

Church President Russell M. Nelson introduced the prepared overhaul in the faith’s October General Convention.

The Provo Temple will shut following the completion of the Orem Temple, which is below development. No dates have been declared for the completion of the latter and the closure of the previous.

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) This rendering displays what the done Smithfield Temple will look like.

The church also launched a rendering Wednesday of the Smithfield Temple, which was declared by Nelson in April. The a few-tale, 81,00-square-foot constructing will be constructed on 13.3 acres at the intersection of 800 West and 100 North just north of Logan.

There are at present 14 temples operating in Utah, and three a lot more — the pioneer-era Salt Lake, St. George and Manti constructions — are undergoing renovation. Temples also are prepared or underneath building in Ephraim, the Heber Valley, Layton, Lindon, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George (a next one particular), Syracuse, Taylorsville and Tooele — for a full of 28 current or announced Latter-working day Saint temples in the Beehive State.

Latter-working day Saints think about a temple to be a Residence of the Lord, the place Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through ordinances that unite families for eternity.