Provo City Center, Utah Temple

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Provo City Center, Utah, USA Temple

History

In 1849, President Brigham Young selected the site for a meetinghouse in Provo, construction began in 1856 and it was dedicated in 1867. In 1875 a baptistry was built next to it, showing the incredible building skills of the pioneers. The font floor had three layers of wood laid in crisscross fashion and held together with nails and screws. As the screws were tightened, the wood was pulled together to form a floor solid enough to hold water.* A larger building was needed, nearby the Provo Tabernacle was built and dedicated in 1898. A historic treasure for the Church, in 1975 it was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.* A favorite of the Saints, the tabernacle was modified several times, eventually expanding to cover parts of the baptistry after it and the meetinghouse were demolished. In the frigid, early hours of December 17, 2010, many stood on ice covered streets and sidewalks with tears flowing down their faces as they watched fire devour their beloved tabernacle. Thousands more watched throughout the day as the news was broadcast. Official word came from the Church, “The fire at the Provo Tabernacle is tragic. The building not only serves our members and the community, but is a reminder of the pioneering spirit that built Utah. The damage appears severe and until we make a structural assessment we won’t know whether this historic treasure will be able to be saved.”** At long last the building’s fate was determined. In the October 2011 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson delivered the words that were embraced by the hearts of all who heard them. “After careful study, we have decided to rebuild [the Provo Tabernacle] with full preservation and restoration of the exterior, to become the second temple of the Church in the city of Provo.” Before construction could begin, architects sifted through everything, salvaging and preserving as much as possible. Next, cutting-edge engineering and construction techniques were used to, literally, put the walls of the building on stilts so the ground could be excavated. The Victorian theme of the Tabernacle was preserved in the temple. Art glass, finials, and original hardware that were salvaged were used again. Three of the spires contain the original timbers, the fourth had to be completely replaced. Eventually, the transformation was complete. On March 20, 2016 the one hundred fiftieth temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Provo City Center was dedicated. The Provo City Center temple reminds each of us that if our foundation is built upon the teachings of the Lord, no matter how devastating our trials may be, we can arise from the ashes, purer, stronger and with greater faith and knowledge.

How Temple Coins are Made

Dave started creating jewelry using metals in 1992, ten years later he had worked with nearly every metal in the jewelry industry! Moving to Thailand, he spent the next nine years perfecting his skills with various metals, 3D models and 3D printers. He dreamed of producing something that would bring delight to purchasers and carry with it positive feelings that would touch the souls of those who owned them. In 2014 he was able to realize his dream. Returning to the US, he uses Lost-wax casting to create a metal master from brass alloy for each temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, depicting, in the highest degree of definition possible, a coin with a 3D image of a temple. The reverse of each coin is cast with the words “Stand ye in holy places.”

Purchase one or two of the temples that hold special meaning to you. Commemorate your visit to a temple by picking up the corresponding coin. Celebrate a milestone in a loved one’s life by gifting them a temple coin to inspire them. Collect them all or just a few. Some are cast in precious metals, making each coin an investment that will be a treasure in every sense of the word.

Additional Information

  • Free Shipping on orders over $35.
  • All coins are 1 1/4 in.
  • Pewter Coins are cast from lead free alloys.
  • Brass Coins cast from a silicone, brass alloy.  Giving our brass coins a rich yellow gold color for a fraction of the cost of gold coins.
  • Silver Coins are cast from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.
  • Gold Coins cast in 14K Gold are 58.5% pure gold.  The remaining alloy consists of a copper and silver mix.
  • All of our coins are developed, cast, and finished locally in our facility in Logan, UT, U.S.A.

*Source note: Provo Tabernacle Historical Fact Sheet, mormonnewsroom.org
**Hawkins, “Temples of the New Millennium”