Across the street from the Missionary Training Center and just a few blocks from the BYU campus sits the Provo Temple. It has been referred to as one of the busiest temples in the world, which isn't surprising, considering the location. It is busy enough that the church is building a new temple downtown, called the Provo City Center Temple. Though Salt Lake City is ostensibly the center of the LDS religion, housing the famous Salt Lake Temple and the Church Office Building, Provo is really the cultural center of Mormonism. Utah County is over 80% Mormon, meaning nearly a half million members of the LDS church live in the county, which is almost as many members as live on the continent of Europe.
The Provo Utah Temple was the sixth temple in Utah, dedicated in 1972, just a few weeks after the Ogden Utah Temple, which had a very similar appearance before the recent renovation. Because of the desire by so many members to attend the dedication, it was broadcast to buildings across the BYU campus, including the Marriott Center, where the basketball team plays. Over 70,000 members attended the dedication. The unique shape of the temple, set against the stunning backdrop of mountains, makes this a beautiful and (now that the Ogden Temple has changed) unique temple visit. The statue of Moroni on top of the spire has actually only been there since 2003, when it was installed at the same time that the spire was repainted from gold to white.
Much of the attractions and activities in the surrounding area revolve around Brigham Young University, as there are always sporting events or other activites going on in and around the campus. One hidden gem is the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, which has a great collection of preserved animals. If you want some fun for the kids, stop in at the nickel-driven arcade Nickel City. Or, if you are looking for something to do outside, you can Hike to the "Y", up on the side of the mountain, or visit the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls.
There are plenty of cheap and family-friendly places to eat, as most restaurants cater to the young families that populate the area. Try either Molly's or Magleby's Fresh for a fresh and fantastic lunch. Get a glimpse of the exotic flavors brought back by many a return missionary at Tucanos Brazilian Grill. Then finish off your day the right way, with delicious treats from the BYU Creamery.