The Old Ephraim Tabernacle

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 07
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1975
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
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Title The Old Ephraim Tabernacle
Description THE OLD EPHRAIM TABERNACLE Edna M. Nielson Ephraim, Utah Senior Division Honorable Mention #3 Essay Good memories are precious and the good memories I have of the Old Ephraim Tabernacle that was built on the corner of Center and Main Street are very precious to me, as some of my Pioneer family had a hand in its erection, and I have spent many hours in that building teaching Sunday School, Primary and working in the Relief Society. Early history tells us that a hall inside the Old Fort was built in 1857. As more and more people came to this area, the need for a larger building was needed, so on a Sunday, November 11, 1860, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Daniel H. Wells, George A. Smith and Joseph Young of the General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came from Salt Lake City to dedicate a place for a large stone church building. When it was built, "it was the only meeting house south of Provo, Utah which comfortly convened those who were eager to hear and see the Presidency and their party." So in 1870 steps were taken to start work on this soon-to-be magnificent edifice. Construction was retarded for a while in 1871, due to the burning of the Saw Mill. However, workers finished this building that very same year. We honor those hardy young and older men who spent their time and means helping in any way they could. We stand in awe at the faith, strength and determination they had to meet every assignment given them. There was much rejoicing and thanksgiving when it was completed, and many great people preached from the pulpit. On the inside was a balcony around three sides, held up by a number of pillars. All the benches in the balcony were straight, seat and back. Under the balcony on the ground floor were hand made benches too, the center benches extending up half way. These benches were curved to fit the seat and back of the body. Between the pulpit and the main audience there was a raised circle, where the choir sat. Many men and women with beautiful voices sang during the meetings. I'm sure the Lord was well pleased with their songs of praise and worship to Him. On the wall west of the pulpit was a beautiful colored mural of Joseph Smith knealing and the Lord appearing to him. This picture was painted by C. C. A. Christensen. On three sides of the building were large double doors, one on the north, the south and the east. This east door entered into a foyer, and on each side of it a stairway went up to the balcony. There were huge windows on three sides of the building to let the light in and provide ventilation. -62-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325246
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