Discovering Great Mormon Buildings

Bear River Stake Tabernacle Pulpits


Inside this beautiful chapel is one of the most unique features I have yet to encounter in an LDS building. There are two pulpits on the stand, one slightly larger and slightly higher than the other; both are perfectly aligned on the center axis of the room. If anyone has the background story as to why there are two pulpits, I would be very interested.

140 W Factory St
Garland, UT
Built 1906 by unknown architect; Remodeled 2000 by CRSA
Click for Map Location of Building

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6 responses

  1. Th.

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    (comment to get me the answer via email if anyone leaves it)

    November 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

  2. The Kirtland Temple has two pulpits as well (but on opposite sides of the room). I believe they are purported to be designated for the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthoods. Maybe this was a similar idea?

    November 29, 2011 at 5:52 am

  3. Steven Wright

    You are missing a real gem here in all your pictures and posts. The Montpelier Idaho Tabernacle, built in 1918 in Art Deco style is a beautiful building built in a half circle shape. It served as the model for the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, same concept on a larger scale. It has been remodeled and has original artwork by Minerva Teichert. Worth a visit and some photos here if you are inclined.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    • Thanks for the info Steven. I’ve stopped by the Montpelier Tab several times on random Sunday’s and the place has always been vacant, so I’ve never been able to get inside. Do you have any idea how or when the building is used? I would definitely make a separate drive up there, if I knew I could get inside.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      • Steve Wright

        The building is still used by the LDS Church for the Montpelier and Montpelier South Stakes. There are stake offices in both wings of the building. You can contact my step father, Rufus Doman in Montpelier at 208 847-1102. He is a former custodian and could get you in touch with the proper folks to get inside. The building is on the historical register and has some beautiful architectural and artistic features. Unlike the Blackfoot tabernacle, which is now a funeral home, this building continues in use as a church building. They have similar floor plans, semi-circular design. I think your trip will be well worth the time once you see the interior of the building. Hope it works out for you.

        April 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      • Thanks so much for the info, Steve.

        April 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

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