Friday, December 17, 2010
A sad morning
Mark and I got a text at 6:15 this morning from Christian that the roof of the Provo Tabernacle had just collapsed. He and his roommates heard a news report that it was on fire and they when downtown to see it for themselves. The fire was reported at 2:40 AM or so but the building was already engulfed enough that they couldn't fight it from the inside. Christian said the stain glass windows were just melting. Such a great loss. This building was built in the late 1800's and had been used for many many years by the community for all kinds of meetings and concerts (usually free). A week ago last Sunday Jennifer (as part of the German club from Timpview High School) took part in a German Christmas celebration here. Jennifer played her flute. During the month of December it's booked solid with free events every evening and many other churches holding church services here also. Since we have lived in Provo, we have attended Stake Conference in the tabernacle twice a year, including one year when President Hinckley attended as a surprise guest. It was an amazing building with carved wood, stained glass windows, circular staircases and a balcony. Utah has had a rash of vandalism of church buildings lately, including our own stake center just two weeks ago. I really hope we didn't loose this historic building because of the selfishness of a few people. You can get updated information here.