25 PROVO CITY CENTER TEMPLE PICTURES: FROM THE ASHES
Even in Provo City Center Temple pictures, you can tell why it is known for its unique architecture and color. It stands out among other LDS temples since it’s walls and spires are much darker than the characteristic white. The antique architecture gives this temple an almost storybook feel. Unsurprisingly, our artists and photographers have captured this temple from just about any angle and setting thinkable.
Beyond the outward appearance that inspires so much LDS temple artwork, the Provo City Center Temple also holds a unique history within its walls. For example, it didn't start as a temple. It was once a tabernacle. The original structure is what gives the temple its unique wall color. The building we see today is the result of an expert and inspired rebuild because, in December of 2010, the Tabernacle caught fire.
According to the Church website, those fighting the fire were going to do the standard procedure and blast the exterior with water to put out the fire. This action would have torn down the beautiful walls and windows.
A last-minute decision by a crew member prevented this from happening. It paved the way for the building to be reconstructed into the beloved temple that it is today. It is a standing witness of Alma 37:6, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”
In the context of its history, the Provo City Center Temple has a fitting dedicatory prayer. It cites words like grateful, thanksgiving, and praise at least eleven times. It also talks extensively about the growing influence of Satan, but the redeeming and ever more powerful power of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. One particular passage reads:
“O God, our Father, in this day of turmoil and evil, when Satan has power over his own dominion and when his forces seek to destroy thy work, we are strengthened and comforted and given courage by thy decree that thy Son ‘shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst.’ And we testify before thee that we know that he does reign in our midst, for which blessing we praise thy holy name forever.”
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“The building we see today is the result of an expert and inspired rebuild.”