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From the Ashes: 25 Pictures of the Provo City Center Temple

Even in pictures of the Provo City Center Temple, 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.

Provo City Center Temple Paintings

Realistic painting of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo city center temple by anne bradham

Let’s start with this classic picture by Anne Bradham. This beautiful painting captures both the character of the temple and the Utah landscape with painstaking detail. Anne herself said:


“I flew out to Utah three times that year, and every time I would drive to the Provo City temple to take more pictures. I wanted to make sure I got it right. I wanted to paint a picture worthy of the structure and the surroundings that would bring beauty and the spirit into the homes of those who hung the picture.”


All her hard work paid off. We love this piece of temple art for its accurate and colorful portrayal.


Geometric painting of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - Geometric by Madison Wardle

Madison Wardle has a style all her own with her paintings, and we love it! Her geometric paintings of LDS temples bring out a completely new perspective.


This is an especially fun piece because it highlights the pink, red, and blue tones we typically don’t see in a building that, at a glance, appears to be brown.   

Colorful painting of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - northeast side by abigale palmer

Abigale Palmer’s painting of the Provo City Center Temple also catches that pink, red, blue combination, though not in geometric form.


True to Abigale’s style, this piece is full of color, light, and, as she says, ‘yummy textures’. She puts in enough detail that, from a distance, it can easily be mistaken for a photograph.


Yet, it still maintains the rich colors and motion of something that's been hand painted.   

Foggy image of the Provo City Center LDS Temple at sunrise.

Provo City Center Temple - Sunrise Detail by Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave

Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave ride the line between photographs and paintings. Their work employs some of both, and the result is always breathtaking.


This picture of the Provo City Center Temple is almost mystical with the sweeping clouds and glowing mountain tops.   

Provo City Center Temple - Sunrise Detail by Kelsy and Jesse Lightweave

Mandy Jane Williams has a similar approach, using both photography and digital art to create her masterpieces.


In this picture, we see an up-close view of the Provo City Center Temple amid a bounty of white tulips. The color of the flowers is a nod to the purpose of the temple and the title of the work itself: Purified.  

Provo City Center Temple Photos

Sunset photo of the fountain at the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - Fountain of Living Water by Evan Lurker

Photographer Evan Lurker gives us a powerful angle of this sacred building. He captures the wide spires, the angel Moroni, and the passing clouds, reminding us that God’s purposes stretch far beyond our present circumstances. We can take courage, knowing we are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.   

Provo City Center Temple - Fountain of Living Water by Evan Lurker

The deeply saturated colors are the first thing to catch the eye in this photo. The second is the statue of the small family. Both of these features of the Provo City Center Temple paint a picture of the exact message Robert A. Boyd is trying to get across in this photo: Eternity.


The scriptures teach us life continues after this. If we follow Christ, we can experience joys even more fulfilling than what we now experience, and we can be with our families forever.    

Photo of the Provo City Center Utah Temple after a rainfall with touches of metallic colors.

Provo City Center Temple - Chrome Series by Robert A Boyd

In contrast, this piece by Robert has a darker tone to it. It shows this sacred building and the grounds after recent rainfall. The bright lights coming from the temple windows and tall lamps contrast the storm clouds and evening sky.


His photo illustrates that, regardless of what is going on in the outside world, we can always find light and peace within the walls of the temple.  

Photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple and surrounding city in winter at sunset.

Provo City Center Temple - Winter Valley Sunset by Lance Bertola

Photographer Lance Bertola takes us to an entirely different angle with this shot. We see the Provo City Center Temple and the surrounding valley from above, including the rosy backdrop of the sunset.


The scene is void of any traffic on the road or busy pedestrians, creating that sense of calm we often feel when entering through the doors.   

Up close photo of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - Mighty Fortress II by Robert A Boyd

However, LDS Temples are more than sources of peace. They can also bolster us against our current challenges. Robert minimizes some of that storybook feel of the Provo City Center Temple in this picture.


Instead, he focuses on the sturdiness of the structure. The powerful architecture and the yawning windows remind us of the steadying power of the covenants we make with God.  

Provo City Center Temple History

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.”


Rustic picture of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - Blue Antique by Mandy Jane Williams

Provo City Center Temple Dedicatory Prayer

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.”


Up-close photo of the steeples on the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple Pictures For Every Season

Spring

Photo of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple behind statue of young family.

Provo City Center Temple - Springtime Family by Scott Jarvie

Photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple behind rows of colorful tulips.

Provo City Center Temple - Springtime Tulips by Scott Jarvi

Close-up photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple and surrounding flowerbeds.

Provo City Center Temple - Garden Flowers by Robert A Boyd

Summer

Photo of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple gates.

Provo City Center Temple - Garden Courtyard by Lance Bertola

Photo of rainbow arching over the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - Full Rainbow by Scott Jarvie

Photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple on a cloudy day after rainfall.

Provo City Center Temple- Covenant Path Series by Robert A Boyd

Fall

Vertical photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple behind field with a rainbow in the background.

Provo City Center Temple - Golden Sunset by Scott Jarvie

Photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple behind field with a backdrop of snowy mountains.

Provo City Center Temple - Fall Reeds by Scott Jarvie

Winter

Photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple covered in snow.

Provo City Center Temple - Snowstorm by Kyle Woodbury

Panoramic photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple with snow on the grounds.

Provo City Center Temple - Snow Panorama by Scott Jarvie

Up close photo of the Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple dusted with snow.

Provo City Center Temple - In January by Kyle Woodbury

Photo of Provo City Center Utah LDS Temple and surrounding city covered in snow.

Provo City Center Temple - Winter Snowfall Canyon View by Lance Bertola

Is the Provo City Center Temple your temple? What does this sacred building mean to you and your family?  

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