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A Place of Gathering

 
 
A Place of Gathering Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
1. A Place of Gathering Marker
Inscription.  The Meetinghouse (left) and the Utah Stake Tabernacle (right) as they appeared circa 1885. The baptistry is located in front of the meetinghouse.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have gathered on this block since the 1850s to worship and make sacred covenants. The transformation of the Utah Stake Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple continues this sacred heritage.

After President Brigham Young selected the site, construction began on a meetinghouse in 1856. It was designed by Church architect Truman O. Angell, and Church members worshiped in this building until it was razed in 1919. Members of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the Sons of Utah Pioneers preserved the lintel stone (adjacent to this marker) from the original meetinghouse.

In the late 1870s, a baptistry was built to the west of the meetinghouse. Uncovered during an archaeological dig in 2012, the font reveals this site as a place where Latter-day Saints historically made sacred covenants with the Lord.

As the community outgrew the capacity of the meetinghouse, Church leaders commissioned
A Place of Gathering Marker <i>on the left</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
2. A Place of Gathering Marker on the left
Old Tabernacle Lintel Stone is on the right. This sandstone lintel capped the front entrance of the Old Tabernacle.
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William H. Folsom to design a new, larger structure. Initiated in 1883, construction of the Utah Stake Tabernacle ended in 1898. For more than one-hundred years the tabernacle housed worship services, community gatherings, and cultural events. Early in the morning of December 17, 2010, a fire consumed all but the outer shell of the building. Ten months later, President Thomas S. Monson announced that the building would be restored and used as a temple.

Today Church members continue to gather to this historic place. They, like their predecessors, make sacred covenants with God through the ordinances offered in the House of the Lord.
 
Erected 2014 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is December 17, 2010.
 
Location. 40° 13.992′ N, 111° 39.583′ W. Marker is in Provo, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is on the far west side of the Provo City Center Temple grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 South University, Provo UT 84601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 104 West Center (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 110-120 West Center (about 400 feet away); Historic Utah County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); The Knight Block
A Place of Gathering Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
3. A Place of Gathering Marker
Marker is at the far right.
(about 500 feet away); Escalante Trail (about 500 feet away); Provo Woolen Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brigham Young Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the Old Provo High School (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Provo.
 
Provo City Center Temple image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
4. Provo City Center Temple
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on April 30, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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