Old Testament Tabernacle Replica In Cedar City Now
I don't think Moses will show up, but these days, you never know. However, if you are looking for an involvement that can generate a better understanding of life in Old Testament times, you really ought to give consideration to taking a tour at The Tabernacle Experience going on now here in Cedar City.
The Tabernacle Experience provides tours of a life size replica of the ancient tabernacle spoken of in the Bible. The location is 61 North 900 West in Cedar City, just to the north of the baseball fields for SUU. Tours are offered every 10 minutes starting at 9 in the morning through 9 in the evening, except Sunday, when tours begin at 5 in the evening.
In Old Testament times, the children of Israel were commanded to build the tabernacle which was to be a dwelling place for God. It was portable and traveled with Israel as they wandered through the desert.
While the Tabernacle Experience is offered by the Utah Area of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the event is meant for all people. It is designed for all age groups, faith traditions and people of all backgrounds. Many faiths revere the Old Testament and the tabernacle. The tour is designed to enhance the understanding of anyone curios about the the tabernacle and the experiences of ancient Israel. Many will see commonalities in beliefs as they tour the tabernacle.
To promote the unity of faith traditions, an Interfaith Community Devotional was held on March 5th at the America First Event Center that features speakers and presentations from several area religious leaders discussing what the Old Testament Tabernacle meant to them and their faith. Many different faith traditions have brought groups to tour the Tabernacle
One thing you may notice when you take the tour is the involvement of many young people. Area youth and young adults have accepted the responsibility of conducting the tours. Most of the tour guides are young women and young men between the ages of 11 and 18. They were primarily trained by young adults ages 19 to 30.
While Israel may have wandered for some 40 years, you will not need to set aside that much time to enjoy the Tabernacle Experience. Tours are typically forty five minutes to an hour long. The tours start and end inside at a visitors center that is set up in the church building at the location. However, the tours of the replica tabernacle itself are outside so dress appropriately.
The Tabernacle Experience will be in Cedar City through Wednesday, March 22nd. After this, the tabernacle will continue to be displayed from one to four weeks at various locations through out Utah. Following the time in Cedar City, this tabernacle will next go to the Richfield, Utah area.
You can get more information at tabernacleutah.com.