Provo in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Place of Gathering
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
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 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.
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.