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Heavy-Duty Equipment Continues Demolition of the Provo Utah Temple

A heavy-duty machine known as "Impact" was recently added to the demolition team at the Provo Utah Temple to accelerate progress on the project. In the accompanying photograph, the operator of the machine surveys the progress and determines his next steps. The iconic panels that once surrounded the upper floors have been completely removed, and the east and west sides are gone, leaving just the core of the upper structure on top of the remaining ground floor.
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Captivating Progress on the Demolition of the Provo Utah Temple

It's been eight days since Moroni left his post on the Provo Utah Temple, and much has happened since then. The entire steeple has been removed except for the base tier, major portions of the ground floor have been demolished, and the east retaining wall is coming out. Work recently began on removing the panels from the upper floors by using a breaker attachment that functions like a jackhammer. Numerous trees have been cut down and chipped into massive piles.
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Angel Moroni Is Removed from the Provo Utah Temple

The angel Moroni statue was removed from the spire of the Provo Utah Temple early this morning. A 300-ton crane was used to lift the gold-leafed figure off of the building, which is slated to be razed and rebuilt as the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple. Temple Hill Drive, the street between the temple and the missionary playing field, has been closed to all vehicular traffic. Over the past few days, demolition crews have been removing the entrance hardscape and taking down trees. The front portico has also been removed.
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Erecting a Construction Office for the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple

At the end of the missionary field in Provo, a construction office is being erected for the contractors of the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple. A level platform was created and temporary electrical poles were installed in preparation for the building. Concrete pipe has been staged for months for work to be carried out on water mains around the temple. Moving vans have been used to remove furnishings from the current temple.
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Provo's First Temple to Be Renamed the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple

A new name has been released for the Provo Utah Temple, which will close on Saturday for reconstruction. The new temple will be known as the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple. During the closure, members of the temple district are encouraged to attend other operating temples. The new building will still stand at the mouth of Rock Canyon on Provo's east bench, overlooking Brigham Young University, the Provo Missionary Training Center, and Utah Lake. The temple will be built to current codes with energy-efficient electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. It will feature a reconfigured layout from the previous building.
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Provo Utah Temple Packed with Patrons Ahead of Closure

Patrons have been packing the Provo Utah Temple as it enters its final days of operation before closing for demolition and reconstruction at the conclusion of ordinance work on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Preliminary construction and staging has been underway across Temple Hill Dr where the overflow parking lot is located. Temporary electrical poles have been installed, and a portion of the property has been cleared.
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Act of Vandalism Damages the Provo Utah Temple

A 30-year-old man has been booked in Utah County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of property damage/destruction. The Provo Police Department received a report yesterday after 3:30 p.m. of a man with a hammer smashing windows near the front entrance of the Provo Utah Temple. The suspect fled the scene but was later apprehended with the help of camera footage that captured a view of the vehicle and a partial license plate number. "We are saddened by the vandalism that occurred yesterday at the Provo Utah Temple but are grateful no one was injured and that operations were not affected," said Irene Caso, a Church spokesperson. "Questions regarding this vandalism should be directed to local law enforcement." The Provo Utah Temple is slated for reconstruction and will closed at the end of the day on February 24, 2024.
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Design Review for the Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple

Plans for the new Provo Utah Rock Canyon Temple go before the Provo City Design Review Committee next Thursday. The larger and taller building would be a complete replacement of the existing temple. Temple Hill Drive, the street located west of the temple site, would be vacated and become part of the new grounds. The new temple would be constructed slightly west of the existing building, allowing for ample parking around the entire edifice and reducing the slope that patrons must climb to enter the House of the Lord.
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Reconstruction Closure Date Announced for the Provo Utah Temple

The closure date for the Provo Utah Temple, which will be reconstructed under a new design, has been announced as Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the conclusion of ordinance work for the day. Members of the temple district are encouraged to attend other temples during the closure as their circumstances permit. Those desiring to receive their own ordinances should contact a temple in the surrounding area to schedule an appointment.
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Planned Design Unveiled for the Provo Utah Temple

Church officials have given the public a glimpse of the planned design for the Provo Utah Temple, which will be reconstructed following the dedication of the Orem Utah Temple. The three-story edifice will stand at the same location as the existing building and feature striking gold accents including the spire. Just as it was constructed originally, the temple will not have an angel Moroni statue. A statue was added in 2003 as part of a renovation project that also turned the spire from gold to white. No specific date for the closure of the temple has been announced.

Temple District Changes Come to Utah Valley

In preparation for the Payson Utah Temple dedication next month when numerous temple workers will be transferred from the Provo Utah Temple, all of the stakes in Orem have been reassigned from the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple District to the Provo Utah Temple District.

Ogden's "Sister Temple" in Provo Has No Plans For Makeover

Following the announcement that the Church would completely transform the exterior appearance of the Ogden Utah Temple, questions began to fly regarding its counterpart in Provo. Would it receive the same treatment? Church officials say no plans are on the table.