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Provo Tabernacle Undergoes 'Uplifting' Transformation

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is turning tragedy into triumph as construction crews work to turn an icon of Provo into a working LDS temple.

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is turning tragedy into triumph as construction crews work to turn an icon of Provo into a working LDS temple.

While crews work on the temple, Provo's Tabernacle is literally floating.

Gary McGinn, the Director of Provo's Community Development, shows ABC4 Reporter Emily Clark the plans for the temple delivered to his office.  He shows us what the ProvoCity Center Temple will look like and explains the stilts holding up the original building.

McGinn said, "The stilts are preserving the Tabernacle."

To turn the Tabernacle into a working Temple, crews will build a two-story building underneath the original Tabernacle.

McGinn said, "They put in the stilts and excavate down 40 feet and the Tabernacle will sit on the stilts while they build a two-story building under ground and up to the Tabernacle."

Two years ago, when the Tabernacle was destroyed in the fire, the city was very concerned with what would happen with the iconic building.  Their worries turned into excited when they learned the plan from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

McGinn said, "The Church has gone to great lengths to preserve the temple and keep it as historically accurate as possible."

While there is no exact date for the Provo City Center Temple to open, we are hearing from the city it could be in 2015.

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