Religion Briefs for June 2

2012-06-02T00:00:00Z Religion Briefs for June 2Cody Clark Daily Herald
June 02, 2012 12:00 am  • 

UVU hosts presentation about LDS tabernacles

How much do you know about the historic Utah tabernacles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Would you like to know more?

On Friday, the Utah Valley University Library and George Sutherland Archives will host a special presentation about LDS tabernacles in American Fork, Provo, Heber City, Vernal, Spring City and Manti. “Tabernacle Memories & Meanings: South Central Utah,” which includes historic images and excerpts from interviews given by residents of cities where tabernacles are located, will be presented in the library auditorium, Room 120.

“Tabernacle Memories & Meanings” is the result of an ongoing oral history project supervised by Ron Smith, a city administrator in Texas who teaches distance education courses for Brigham Young University-Idaho; and Simon Fass, an associate professor of public policy and public affairs at the University of Texas, Dallas. The UVU Library is a partner in the project.

Smith said in a release announcing the event that tabernacles were, and sometimes still are, centers of community life. An LDS tabernacle, Smith said, “is a powerful expression of devotion and sacrifice by those who built and maintained it using primitive tools, limited resources and abundant faith.”

“Tabernacle Memories & Meanings” will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

LDS Church announces Wyoming temple site

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced the site for a temple to be constructed in Wyoming’s Star Valley. Church officials announced Monday that the Star Valley Wyoming Temple will be constructed on the Haderlie Farm property south of Afton, Wyo. The Star Valley Temple, announced at the church’s General Conference last year in October, will be the first LDS temple in Wyoming.

No date for the start of construction has been announced, but it’s anticipated that the temple construction process will last two years. Latter-day Saints believe that temples are sacred and enter them to participate in a variety of religious rites, including the solemnization of marriages. There are 166 LDS Church temples announced, under construction or in operation worldwide.

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