Provo Utah


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This was one of the first models I made, right after Salt Lake and Mount Timpanogos. It has be revised many times, with this version having just been completed this year, 2012.


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Provo Utah Temple Model 2006




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Provo Utah Temple Wiki


The Provo Utah Temple (formerly the Provo Temple) is the 17th constructed and 15th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located in the city of Provo, Utah, it was built with a modern single-spire design, similar to the original design of the Ogden Utah Temple.

Since Provo’s early years, a hill just northeast of downtown Provo was known as “Temple Hill.” Instead of a temple, however, the Maeser Building was built on the hill in 1911 as a part of the Brigham Young University (BYU) campus. A 17-acre (69,000 m2) block of property at the base of Rock Canyon was chosen as the site for the Provo Temple.



A 1966 study found that 52 percent of temple work was being done in either the Salt Lake, Logan, or Manti temples, even though there were 13 operating temples throughout the world.[1]


In the 1967 the recently formed Church Building Committee was asked to take a look into the overcrowding issues at Manti and Logan and see what could be done to expand the two temples there. They found that, since the temples had been constructed before building codes were put into place, that there was not much that could be done without building codes requiring large portions of the original temple be brought up to code as well. Their suggestion, was that rather than try make either temple larger, which would involve redoing much of either existing temple, two new temples could be built for less cost, one in Ogden, and one on some property being offered in Provo.[]


The intention to construct a temple in Provo was announced by the LDS Church on August 14, 1967, to help ease the overcrowding of the Salt Lake, Manti and Logan temples already in the area.


The project was then turned over to church Architect Emil B. Fetzer and his staff. President McKay was concerned that the church as a whole would think him a spendthrift for approving not one, but two new temples. The Church had just gone through a major change in emphasis in regards to budgets, and he had already overseen construction of the Los Angeles, Bern, Hamilton, London and Oakland Temples (to that date, no other prophet had overseen more than 4.) He gave the very specific orders for austerity and economy in these two new temples.[] The design guidelines included:

  • Reasonable cost[1]
  • Full size Temples (Not smaller like the recent international temples)[1]
  • No Assembly Room[]
  • No Multiple spires, one only[]
  • No Excess square footage[]
  • No excess cubage (Vaulted or raised ceilings)[]
  • One Architectural plan for both temples (absolutely no paying for two plans, though minor changes could be made to the exterior for different looks)[]
  • No Angel Moroni (though the planning committee decided to strengthen the spires to hold the weight of a statue, just in case one could be added later.)[]

Brother Fetzer would remark that “I think this [Ogden/Provo] is the only building that I have designed in words before I started to put marks on paper.”[1]

After a few months of work and preliminary design, Brother Fetzer and his team were informed that film had been approved for wider domestic use to present the endowment, and that management of the sessions and tracking of ordinances would be turned completely over to the Church’s new computer systems. This meant the number of people needed to run a session and a temple as a whole was reduced significantly. This also meant drastic changes could be made in the design and layout. Three Months of work was thrown completely out and on a late flight from New York to England Brother Fetzer and Brother Fred Baker of the Building Committee discussed the changes, and ways to layout the design of the temple without the restrictions that had just been removed. By the time they landed in England, the had a preliminary design that featured 6 endowment rooms arrayed around a central celestial room, and estimates that this new design could perform more endowment sessions than any other temple in the Church.[]


a groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 15, 1969 with President Hugh B. Brown presiding.

Construction began soon thereafter. Emil B. Fetzer, the architect for the Ogden and Provo temples, was asked to create a functional design with efficiency, convenience, and reasonable cost as key factors.

Cornerstone Ceremony

Open House

An open house was held for the Provo Utah Temple from 10 – 29 January 1972.


The temple was dedicated on February 9, 1972. The dedicatory prayer was written by LDS Church president Joseph Fielding Smith and read by President Harold B. Lee. The two dedicatory services were broadcast to several large auditoriums on the BYU campus, including the 22,700-seat Marriott Center.

Dedicatory Prayer

Dedication Order


Temple President Years Served
President Donald H. Livingstone 2016–
President Alan C. Ashton 2013–2016
President Robert H. Daines 2010–2013
President Merrill J. Bateman 2007–2010
President Carl W. Bacon 2004–2007
President Jay M. Smith Jr. 2001–2004
President Dean L. Larsen 1998–2001
President Robert J. Smith 1995–1998
President Arthur S. Anderson 1992–1995
President J. Elliot Cameron 1989–1992
President Arthur J. Sperry Jr. 1986–1989
President Leland F. Priday 1982–1986
President A. Theodore Tuttle 1980–1982
President Orville C. Gunther 1976–1980
President Harold G. Clark 1972–1976

The temple has 6 ordinance rooms and 12 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 128,325 square feet (11,921.8 m2). Thirty-one years after the temple’s completion, a statue of the Angel Moroni was added to the spire, which itself was changed from gold to white.

In large part because of its location across the street from a Missionary Training Center and proximity to the BYU campus, the Provo Utah Temple is one of the church’s busiest.







Spires and Moroni




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Additional Articles


  1. [1]Green, Doyle L., “Two Temples to Be Dedicated”, Ensign, January 1972

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