Friday, December 17, 2010

{Provo Tabernacle}

Woke this morning with a text from my best friend informing me that the Provo Tabernacle was in the process of burning down.

Shock.What?!

I ran downstairs and checked KSL for the latest updates. As I watched this video of the burning building I couldn't help but get a little teary eyed.This building holds so many memories for me. Singing in concerts there - specifically our Senior Chamber Choir concert. Stake conferences there. Pictures for many, many clients there. Picnicking on the grounds. First Night. And many more memories.It is my hope that they can salvage some of the building, but if not, at least rebuild it the way that it once was and not some new office building or convention center.What are your memories of this Provo landmark?

9 comments:

Heather said...

My mom was driving home early this morning from my house and called me when she saw it. It's just shocking. I pray it wasn't arson.

Matt and I went to it for stake conferences and concerts. I'm sure you had much more wonderful memories than I did, but it still is a very special building to me. Every time I went in it I felt like my ancestors were smiling down at me, letting me know that I was enjoying the fruits of their labor. I felt closer to them there. I loved it.

Literally yesterday my mom and I were at the post office, and leaving the parking lot we admired it and talked about it's amazing-ness.

Rochelle said...

Our Chamber Choir final concert. Singing Short People along the stairway, I was strategically placed between the two tallest boys smack dab in the middle. Good times.

That and dancing in front of my in-laws for the first time during a Colors concert held there.

I agree... I hope they can recreate it. It was such a beautiful building.

Debbi said...

Wade took me on our first Valentine's Day date there...we sat next to Steven R. Covey and his wife. He was listening to a BYU basketball game in on ear on headphones, listening to the concert on the other and holding his wive's hand. We've always joked about that...all that he could get done:)

I was a little sad this morning when I saw the news too, and that is about my only memory there - besides driving by it.

ChanellR said...

I was so sad to see this. I love that building.

Sarie said...

I sang "come thou fount of every blessing" there... with a massive choir.. and a full orchestra... one of the greatest musical performances of my life. It was beautiful. The sounds still echo in my mind.

lyn. said...

I have many of the same memories that have been mentioned, but the one that sticks the most in my mind are the many trips, over the years, with 4th-graders, dressed in their Sunday best, to listen to the Utah Valley Symphony... It just won't be the same somewhere else!!

Heather Johnson said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw the pictures and read about it early this morning. My husband and I drove down after we dropped the kids off at school. There were people all over, mourning and taking pictures, and the fire was still burning. I too got teary eyed as I thought about all the history that is behind the structure. I also couldn't help but think about all the sacrifices that were made to build it. So very sad. I don't know how any of it could be saved, but I hope they rebuild.
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Sarah said...

I am still can't believe that it actually happened. So, so, sad!

Mimi said...

No WAY!!! I had no idea. This is so so sad! I love that building. I can't believe it.