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Historic Logan Tabernacle vandalized

Nov 21, 2022, 6:00 PM | Updated: 6:33 pm
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Police in Logan are investigating vandalism at a historic tabernacle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Brian Champagne)
(Brian Champagne)

LOGAN, Utah — Police in Logan are investigating vandalism at a historic tabernacle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Logan Tabernacle, located in the middle of the city on Main Street, was streaked with paint over the weekend.

The front doors were spray painted with “F— Joseph Smith” and other paint streaks marred the sign on the building.

Logan Police Captain Curtis Hooley said there’s no video on the site, even though it’s under construction.

“When you look at the pictures… the tabernacle is fenced off with chain link. But it was inside on the front doors of the building that faced Main Street,” Holley said.

Brady Henderson was one of the workers hired to clean up the paint.

“…Starting to see it more and more. Not usually front and center downtown though,” Henderson said.

This is the second case of vandalism of a religious building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in November. Just over a week ago, on Nov. 13, a church building in Perry, Utah was badly vandalized.

Police in Perry said two teens smashed glass, damaged an organ and piano, and slashed paintings in a meetinghouse.

Construction began on the Logan Tabernacle in 1864 and was completed in 1891 and is primarily used today for semi-annual stake conferences, seminary graduations, musical concerts, and lectures.

Bonneville International Corporation, the company that owns KSL NewsRadio, is a subsidiary of Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

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