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de Azevedo’s 10 months of tears: Lex didn’t start the Provo Tabernacle fire

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The Provo Tabernacle fire began around 2:43 a.m. on a snowy December evening in 2010. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

The Provo Tabernacle fire began around 2:43 a.m. on a snowy December evening in 2010. (Photo courtesy LDS Church)

Musical legend Lex de Azevedo shed tears 10 months apart — both about the Provo Tabernacle.

On Dec. 16, 2010, Lex and his performers rehearsed for his “Gloria” at the 150-year-old Provo Tabernacle.

Lex de Azevedo was raised by his performing mother (one of the King sisters) and has built his career in Hollywood and LDS music. Two of his daughters are executive producers with him on “Saturday’s Warrior.”

Lex de Azevedo, creator of “Saturday’s Warrior,” was one of the last people inside the Provo Tabernacle before in burned down later that evening.

“I wrote this oratorio about the life of Christ by using only text from the King James Bible,” Lex says. “We had choirs, orchestras and soloists there at the Provo Tabernacle that night when we were rehearsing ‘Gloria’ for BYUtv.”

Lex got a call from his brother around 4 a.m. the next morning saying, “You would do anything to get publicity, wouldn’t you?”

That started a long night — and long days and long weeks — as Lex felt responsible for the destruction of a community icon.

“It was the worst night of my life,” Lex says. “We felt so bad for what happened for months afterwards as we went through the paperwork and reports.”

Nearly 10 months later, Lex was watching general conference at home when he heard President Thomas S. Monson announce the rebuilding of the Provo Tabernacle into the Provo City Center Temple.

“I wept and wept,” Lex says. “The fortuitous fire paved the way for a renewed structure with a higher purpose. There is a beautiful lesson for all of us in this building’s journey of transformation.”

Find out why de Azevedo finally decided to make a full-length feature film for “Saturday’s Warrior” here.

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