The Latter-working day Saint temple in Provo is acquiring a makeover — from its first Place Age, circular structure to a much more standard, common glance.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-working day Saints produced a rendering Wednesday of what the iconic sanctuary will seem like soon after it is transformed. The temple will keep on being in its existing locale but be unrecognizable from its existing kind.
The rounded temple, created by then-church architect Emil Fetzer, opened in 1972, just weeks immediately after its architectural twin, the Ogden Temple — the only other temple with a similar, circular design — was devoted. That temple was rebuilt as a much more standard structure as well and reopened in 2014.
“The Ogden and Provo temples evoke a Place Age symbolism, a streamlined Saturn V rocket propelling the Apollo module beyond the terrestrial frontiers and into the excellent void of space,” Steven Cornell and Kirk Huffaker wrote in The Salt Lake Tribune in 2010. “…The supposed image, a Hebraic pillar of fireplace atop the cloud God utilized to stifle the Egyptian army as Israel designed her miraculous escape, was related to the fashionable Saturn V imagery.”
And Fetzer’s interiors for the Ogden and Provo temples showcased an innovation that has because become a Latter-working day Saint staple: Ordinance rooms — wherever customers hear the story of human record from the Garden of Eden as a result of mortality to the afterlife — all guide to the Celestial Area, symbolizing heaven, in the center.
The existing Provo Temple style is “part of a larger sized constructed landscape that developed in the mid-20th century,” David Amott, government director of Preservation Utah, wrote Wednesday. “Many of Brigham Young University’s modernist properties, the Missionary Schooling Center, and the households encompassing the temple were crafted in more or a lot less the similar period and consequently cling jointly in a unified way.”
To place a classically styled developing in the middle of this larger landscape “would destroy this special, dwelling record of how the LDS Church grew (grew up) in the middle of the 20th century and grew to become the international institution it is currently,” Amott wrote in an electronic mail. “The Provo Temple made a prototype for all temples that came just after it (in the LDS Church’s energy to just take the temple encounter to the four corners of the earth), and for that cause by itself it justifies to stand.”
Generations of “missionaries from all around the world, BYU college students, and so forth., have used this temple to receive their religious rites, conduct rituals for other individuals, and many others.,” he additional. “This is not just a regional temple and a area concern.”
Social media was awash in feedback about the proposed revisions.
“I am sad to see it go! The previous Provo temple is like your family members pet. We are authorized to complain about it but that does not imply we want to exchange it!” tweeted Lauren Simpson. “It’s an unattractive doggy, but it’s OUR unappealing pet dog.”
“It was exclusive, cleanly inventive w/meticulously picked symbolism,” Weston C. tweeted, “and took a cherished (if occasionally poked pleasurable at) spot in personalized/local heritage.”
“Moving from a long term-oriented design to previous-oriented is intriguing,” Chad Reiser wrote on Twitter. “The church experienced a smaller handful of temples in the ‘60s, now all temples are constructed to glance like they’ve been there for hundreds of yrs.”
Church President Russell M. Nelson declared the prepared overhaul in the faith’s Oct General Meeting.
The Provo Temple will close immediately after the completion of the Orem Temple, which is beneath design. No dates have been introduced for the completion of the latter and the closure of the previous.
The church also released a rendering Wednesday of the Smithfield Temple, which was declared by Nelson in April. The a few-tale, 81,00-sq.-foot developing will be constructed on 13.3 acres at the intersection of 800 West and 100 North just north of Logan.
There are at the moment 14 temples running in Utah, and 3 more — the pioneer-era Salt Lake, St. George and Manti buildings — are undergoing renovation. Temples also are planned or under development in Ephraim, the Heber Valley, Layton, Lindon, Orem, Saratoga Springs, Smithfield, St. George (a 2nd just one), Syracuse, Taylorsville and Tooele — for a complete of 28 existing or announced Latter-day Saint temples in the Beehive State.
Latter-day Saints take into consideration a temple to be a Residence of the Lord, in which Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed by way of ordinances that unite families for eternity.