- As a German student, I both performed and attended the yearly annual Adventsingen for several years. Advent songs, performed in German in that open space prepared my heart for the sacred Christmas holiday each year.
- As an unmarried church member, I attended Stake conference in that building. The Stake president of our singles stake shook Squire's and my hand and gave special counsel to us in that building.
- As a married church member I attended several Stake conferences (special church services) there too.
- At one of these I had the opportunity to shake the hand of an apostle, Elder Quentin L. Cook.
- I even had the chance to speak to the members of my own stake at one conference about how, "Love fosters service, and service fosters love."
- And, I caught a glimpse of it each day on my way to work, or to school. It's presence was a comforting visual constant in my daily life.
But, today I just heard some overwhelmingly exciting news from my church's semi-annual General Conference. Our prophet, Thomas S. Monson announced (55:35) that there will be a temple built in the place where the Provo Tabernacle used to be! I am so touched by this wonderful news. We no longer live in Provo, but I can't wait to revisit my alma mater's town and see and go inside the temple there when it is finished. My heart is full in celebration. Out of the ashes - a picture of Christ was saved - and soon a temple will be built to do His work! Hallelujah!