The Provo City Center Temple

Provo City Center Temple StatueI remember sitting at my kitchen table and crying as I watched the Provo Tabernacle burn. This was a special building to me. Growing up I attended several events there. And the spirit and history of it always tugged at my heartstrings. It just didn’t seem right to me that this could happen.

Fast forward to the October 2011 General Conference:

Cornerstone - Provo City Center TempleDo you remember that? Did your heart just explode when you heard the news like mine did?

As a side note, I just had to put this whole talk in by President Monson. He has been pretty weak for a while and it was good to remember his vibrant personality when I watched this.

The Provo City Center Temple is way up there on my list of favorites. To me its symbolism of rising from the ashes is just beautiful. Like it said in this video from the Mormon Newsroom- Saving what we thought was lost has enormous significance. It speaks to our deepest beliefs, that nothing is truly lost, and that all things can be made whole again.

Temple Grounds - Provo City Center TempleAs a family, we were able to hop over to Utah for its open house in 2016. This was the first temple open house for my children. I loved that they got to walk through it. It instantly became a special place for them as well.

Provo City Center Temple Looking UpOur most recent visit was the weekend of my brother’s wedding.

With us on this visit were my mom and dad, my sister, and my dear friend Kelly. I should do a whole separate blog post on Kelly. If you don’t know her, you’re missing out. She is the most genuine, loving, kind, fun person you could ever know. Here in this photo, you see Kelly with my mom and son. Kelly is in her element, kneeling at my mom’s wheelchair- talking and listening and loving and serving.

Family at Provo City Center Temple Grounds

We all met at the temple on this Saturday afternoon. There were so many people there. It seemed like half a dozen weddings were happening, a bunch of bridal photos, and just lots of people walking the grounds. Normally I like my space. But isn’t it great when so many people are at the temple? Everyone looked happy. It is truly a place of peace, inside and out.

The temple grounds are so gorgeous! The gardens were full of spring blooms and the trees were blossoming, it was just a perfect day.

Provo City Center Temple - Angel MoroniDate Visited: April 29, 2017

Miles From Home: 815

Location: Provo, Utah

Dedication:   March 20, 2016 by Dallin H. Oaks

From the Dedicatory Prayer: In this day of wickedness and selfishness, when men’s hearts fail them in turmoil and perplexities, we pray that Thou will blunt the powers of evil against Thy work and Thy children, and bless Thy covenant people with protection and strength to persist and stand fast in the works of righteousness.

The Provo Utah Temple

Provo Utah Temple Side ViewSo 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.

Ryan at Provo Temple

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.

Iphone taking photo of Provo 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.

Provo Utah Temple at dusk - rear viewGrowing 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.”

Revelation 14:6

Provo Temple Looking UpAnd 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?!

Fountain at Provo TempleI’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.

Ether 8:26

Provo Temple SpireDate 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.