Provo Tabernacle – The Inside

Today I had the unique opportunity to look up close and see inside.  All I could think of was the pictures I had seen of World War II.
So many have asked.  Can we rebuild?  The LDS Church has not indicated what it would like to pursue.  Much more information is needed for them to be able to make a decision.  I’m confident of two things.  They understand how important this is to our community, and they will make the right decision. Provo could not ask for a better owner.  As this situation progresses, I look forward to working directly with the Church. If the time comes that the Church needs or requests help, Provo residents will be there, ready to answer the call.  

Please join  us Sunday as we remember together this great building.
Provo, UT–December 17, 2010–Provo City invites the public to a community gathering to remember the Provo Tabernacle on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the UCCU Events Center at Utah Valley University, 800 W. University Pkwy., Orem.  The half hour program will include a slide show of tabernacle photographs and remarks by Provo Mayor John Curtis and other community leaders.  It will be followed by a free performance of Lex de Azevedo’s Gloria:  the Life of Christ, Part I, the Nativity.

Lex de Azevedo and his Millennium Choral Society were scheduled to perform Gloria at the Provo Tabernacle on December 17 and 18 when a fire on December 17 destroyed the building and its contents, including equipment and instruments to be used in the concert.  The Millennium Choral Society, a non-profit, is accepting donations to offset the personal property losses of those associated with the production at the tabernacle.

“The half hour program before the concert will focus on the tabernacle,” stated Curtis.  “What happened is a tragedy, and many of us are going through something of a grieving process.  We hope this helps by giving the community a chance to express love and gratitude for what we have lost.”
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  1. Oh, my gosh!!

  2. Joe

    I am glad to know that the mayor is in support of rebuilding/restoring the Tabernacle. We had to fight the former mayor to restore the BYU Academy building, and now we are all glad we won that battle. This building is much more special even than that one, so I am hopeful we can restore it as well.

  3. Anonymous

    i agree joe. this building is incredible! such a tragedy! i’m hoping the LDS church can save SOMETHING– ANYTHING with this building. i’m not LDS, but i recognize this building is such a GEM in our community. i’ve been in this building several times and it was beautiful!

  4. Part of Sting’s Fragile comes to mind..

    On and on the rain will fall
    Like tears from a star like tears from a star
    On and on the rain will say
    How fragile we are how fragile we are

    On and on the rain will fall
    Like tears from a star like tears from a star
    On and on the rain will say
    How fragile we are how fragile we are
    How fragile we are how fragile we are

    We feel kinda fragile without our tabernacle as source of all that has gone before us. It must be rebuilt.

  5. Thank you mayor for representing our thoughts and wishes with well meaning emotion. For your pictures, thanks you as well.

  6. GotRice

    Images of the smoke, flames and fire will forever live in my mind;
    Memories from times past will forever live in my heart.

    Two buildings — a shared fate and destiny…

    While Saints crossed the Mississippi River their beloved Temple burned on the hill. Charred walls stood until harsh winds sent them to the ground. In time, the Nauvoo Temple was rebuilt to perfection, even surpassing its former glory.

    About eight years or so ago, severe winds uprooted and destroyed stately century-old trees on the grounds of the Provo Tabernacle & Cemetery, yet the building stood strong in the face of possible ruin. Fire and flames have taken their devastating toll. Charred walls again stand.

    Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, these two buildings have shared the fate of fire and wind.

    The Provo Tabernacle now awaits the talents of craftsmen who will bring this building back to its former glory…and more. All for this city, our community and me.

    1. Anonymous

      Got Rice: Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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