So I’ve been going to the Provo temple my whole life. Up until the Mount Timpanogos Temple was built it was our assigned temple. And I think it is again for my parents. I did baptisms for the first time in Provo- way back around 27ish years ago.
Temple Hill was where my family gathered every year for the Fourth of July, where we’d watch the fireworks, play frisbee, and make good memories.
I still take my boys back there almost every year for the 4th. This year we’re missing it and I’m kind of sad about that.
I’ve brought my boys to this temple often just to walk around and it has become a family favorite. In fact it is my youngest son Ryan’s favorite temple.
On this particular visit we went with my dad and my sister, who was in town just like us for our brother’s wedding.
Like I said, we’ve been to the Provo Temple many times, but never have walked up on the grass on the back side. I wandered up there that evening and was greeted with such a beautiful and peaceful view. I (quietly) hollered down to my crew and told them to come join me. We sat there and watched the temple slowly light up as the sun set behind Utah lake off in the distance. It was one of those evenings you just don’t want to end.
Growing up I loved the gold spire on the Provo temple. But I was so excited when, in 2003, they painted it white and added an Angel Moroni to the top. I thing is its the most beautiful thing to see him standing there, with the rugged Rock Canyon as a backdrop. And it just seems so fitting, as the temple is across the street from the MTC, and symbolizes the spreading of the gospel.
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth.”
And speaking of symbolism- let’s talk about the design of the Provo temple, which is a representation of the scripture in Isaiah 4:5-6 that says:
5. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense.
6. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
How cool is that! Doesn’t it make you love it even more?!
I’ve also heard it said that it looks like a fountain, as in The Fountain of all Righteousness.
Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.
Date Visited: April 29, 2017
Miles From Home: 815
Location: Provo, Utah
Dedication: February 9, 1972 by Joseph Fielding Smith, but read by Harold B. Lee
From the Dedicatory Prayer: We look forward to the day, O our God, when thou wilt reveal unto thy servants where other temples shall be built in all the nations where thy saints increase in numbers and serve thee in righteousness. We know that all men are thy children, and we pray for the day when all who will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely and gain for themselves the fullness of the blessings that thou hast in store for all those who love and serve thee with all their hearts.