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3D Rendering of Provo City Center Temple

3D Rendering of Provo City Center Temple

A 3D rendering of the Provo City Center Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church) has been released in March 2013.  The rendering was created by Brian Olson. The building was formerly the Provo Tabernacle, an historic landmark.  After a serious, but accidental, fire, the Church of Jesus Christ decided to rebuild  (retaining the historic exterior) and convert the tabernacle into a temple.  The current temple in the area, the Provo Temple, which in on the east bench of north Provo near the Missionary Training Center, is often filled to capacity. Land near the tabernacle had to be procured in order to accommodate the grounds and gardens, and parking for the temple.  It will grace the downtown area of Provo and surely cause the whole area to be revitalized as no other sort of initiative could possibly do.  City offices and the large NuSkin office are nearby, as are many small shops. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

Provo City Center Mormon Temple

Provo City Center Mormon Temple

In 2011 fire destroyed an iconic and historical building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church).  In Provo, Utah, the Latter-day Saint Tabernacle was taken by a fire caused by a lighting technician who mistakenly set a 300-watt light fixture on a wooden speaker box in the attic of the tabernacle. The loss was felt keenly by the community: “We’re all really devastated,” said Provo Mayor John R. Curtis. “Everyone in Provo has significant memories of concerts, plays, church meetings. It’s an extremely vital part of my community. It’s really a fabric of the community.” Scott Trotter, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called the fire “tragic.” The building not only serves our members and the community, but is a reminder of the pioneering spirit that built Utah. The damage appears severe, and until we make a structural assessment, we won’t know... Read the rest of this article »

The Story of the New Zealand Mormon Temple

The Story of the New Zealand Mormon Temple

“This dear woman came more than a hundred miles to get to the door of the temple. Then she just sat down and wept. I could see the heaviness in her whole being. I talked to her later and asked her if she was okay. She said she had not been active in the Church for many, many years and now she had a child who was really struggling and her Nanny told her (thank goodness for Nannies) that if she would go to the temple and pray and pray and pray, the Lord would give her answers.” So says Scot Proctor, photo documentarian and founder of Meridian Magazine.  He recently published a photo documentary and article about the New Zealand temple.  The story above is written in his own words about what he saw that day. Photo Credit: Scott Proctor Temples are an integral part of existence for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church).  Just as the woman, who was not an active Mormon, knew she could find answers at the temple, all Latter-day... Read the rest of this article »

Gilbert AZ Mormon Temple – Striving for Perfection is a ‘Temple Standard’

Gilbert AZ Mormon Temple – Striving for Perfection is a ‘Temple Standard’

When members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (often mistakenly called the Mormon Church), build a temple, they know what the standard is. Above each Mormon temple entrance the words, “Holiness to the Lord — the House of the Lord” can be seen. To Mormons, the Temple, (separate from meetinghouses,  where weekly meetings are held and visitors are welcome), is the most sacred place on earth.  The temple is God’s House and is the highest level of holiness. Because of this, Latter-day Saint church members, (LDS or Mormon), build temples at the highest standards possible in the name of God and for His glory.  This is similar to many religious buildings throughout the world and history such as cathedrals, synagogues and mosques. Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

A Visit to the Manhattan Mormon Temple

A Visit to the Manhattan Mormon Temple

Living in Manhattan really is what people say. It’s enthralling, it’s fun. It can be difficult and draining. The thing I liked best about living in New York was the unseen bond that inevitably connected us all together. New Yorkers may not make eye contact, say hello, or chat in general, but they all have a basic empathy for each other in a way: they are all trying to make it. New Yorkers are trying to make it to the train on time, get the only cab, make it downtown in time for that meeting or simply make it home. Musicians are trying to make the next gig, actors are trying to make it on Broadway or break into the film scene. Interns to CEO’s, business people are trying to make that job, hit that next platform of success. So in the end, when Manhattans see that Columbia-shirt-wearing student reading dutifully, or the headphone sporting guy with his guitar case or the tall fashionable girl that can only be going to fashion week – they know what the person next to them on the train... Read the rest of this article »

The LA Mormon Temple –What Heaven Will Be Like

The LA Mormon Temple –What Heaven Will Be Like

My little brother’s wedding day, like many weddings probably are, was kind of stressful.  It was in Los Angeles, and we had to travel there from another state.  Of course, traffic was crazy, and it seemed like everyone forgot something critical. There was constant running to and fro, hurrying and herding everyone together.  Tension was often high, as everyone tried to make it all happen the way it was supposed to. But there was a beautiful reprieve – my little brother got married in the LA LDS or “Mormon” temple—a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the Mormon Church.   I had never been to the Los Angeles California Mormon Temple before and I certainly had never been in an LDS temple that was even close to the same size.  The beautiful temple is huge and accommodates many Latter-day Saints coming to worship. The night before the wedding, all the adults had gone through the Mormon temple with my new sister-in-law as she received... Read the rest of this article »

Tucson Arizona Mormon Temple

Tucson Arizona Mormon Temple

Arizona is adding its sixth Mormon or Latter-day Saint (LDS) temple in Tucson, Arizona.  It was announced by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City at the 182nd Semi-annual General Conference, October 6, 2012.  There are approximately 400,000 Church members in Arizona and are currently temples either in operation or in construction in Mesa, Snowflake, Gila Valley, Phoenix and Gilbert.  The exact location of the Tucson temple will be announced at a later date. Mormon temples are sacred set apart places of worship outside of regular Sunday attendance and are for sacred, higher ordinances, learning about Jesus Christ and sealing families together in an eternal covenant.   [1] The Mormon or LDS church has 139 operating temples worldwide and 29 more announced or under construction (2012). 83% of church members live within 200 miles of a temple – 71 of those are outside the US, and 68 are inside the US. Read the rest of this... Read the rest of this article »

Star Valley Wyoming Temple

Star Valley Wyoming Temple

At the 181st semi-annual general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held in October 2011, Prophet Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a new Mormon temple in Star Valley, Wyoming.  The prophet joked that he would personally dedicate the new temple, because the fishing is good nearby.  This will be the first temple to be built in Wyoming. Mormons in Wyoming had previously attended the temple in Rexburg, Idaho.  The journey was considerably more difficult during the winter. Mormon pioneers in the first westward party in 1847 made their way through Wyoming, stopping at Fort Laramie to repair their wagons.   They followed the Oregon Trail along the Platte River to Fort Bridger Read the rest of this article »  Read More →

Provo Utah Tabernacle

Provo Utah Tabernacle

The Provo Tabernacle  was originally built between 1883 and 1898 on University Avenue between Center Street and 100 South, and was a city landmark for over 100 years.  The tabernacle had been updated as the years went by, but its distinguished architecture was never changed.  The building was  gutted by fire in December 2010.  Apparently, no arson was involved.  The building was beloved and venerated by generations of residents and BYU students who worshiped and attended a variety of meetings, concerts and other events there. During the months after the fire and the investigation that followed, residents wondered whether the historical facade of the building could be saved.  There was an audible gasp of joy at the announcement in General Conference by Prophet Thomas S. Monson that the historic tabernacle would be remade into a temple.  There is a precedent for this action, since the Vernal Utah Temple (dedicated in 1997) was created from the 1907 Uintah Stake Tabernacle.  The new... Read the rest of this article »

The Kirtland Ohio Visitors’ Center

The Kirtland Ohio Visitors’ Center

By Terrie. While visiting friends in Ohio, my husband and I suddenly realized we were only a few hours from Kirtland, Ohio, an important location in early Mormon history. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are sometimes called Mormons, settled in that town for a time and built their first temple there. Today, some of the important historic sites have been restored and are open to the public. The first place we visited was Historic Kirtland. This site, owned by the Mormons, focuses on Newel K. Whitney and his wife, Ann. They had been searching for a church to join when they had a shared vision in which they were promised the word of the Lord would soon come to their town.  A few weeks later, four Mormon missionaries arrived in town. Ann joined the church first, and her husband followed a few days later, after receiving his own witness. The Whitneys were an important part of Mormon history in Kirtland. Newel was a successful shop owner whose store was a gathering... Read the rest of this article »

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