Summarized by Kent Larsen
New BYU Building Combines Education and Worship (A place to learn and worship)
Deseret News 14Dec99 B1
By Edward L. Carter: Deseret News staff writer
PROVO, UTAH -- The LDS Church dedicated a unique chapel on BYU's campus
Sunday, one that BYU President Merrill J. Bateman billed as the wave of
the future. The building will house two LDS student stakes as well as
BYU's English Language Center. The building will be used both for BYU
classes on weekdays and for regular LDS meetings on Sundays and in the
evenings. Bateman sees this dual use as the "prototype for what the
church does across the Earth."
While a number of BYU campus buildings (and those at other LDS owned
colleges as well) are also used for church meetings on Sundays, the
University Parkway Center, as the building is called, is the first
specifically designed for both purposes.
The dedicatory prayer for the building was given by Elder Henry B.
Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve, who also serves as commissioner of
the Church Education System, which includes BYU and other LDS Church
owned colleges. In remarks given to several hundred people in one of the
building's two chapels, Elder Eyring said that the building will be an
important addition to the BYU student experience. "As I walked through
the building just now, I had a remarkable experience. There is something
in this experience that will be of tremendous importance for education
and our religious reach across the world."
Elder Bateman said that the lessons learned in constructing the building
would help the Church's ecclesiastical and educational arms become
seamlessly connected. "Since coming to campus as the president, I've had
a very strong feeling that we need to combine the secular with the
sacred. The Lord's school doesn't have a dividing line. Life doesn't
have a dividing line."
Construction on the three-story building began in November 1997 and
finished in August.