LDS Church Announces New Chapels, Missionaries & District Leaders

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The new social meeting room in downtown Salt Lake City.

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The lobby and entrance to the new social meeting room.

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Rooftop terrace outside the social room.

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The main entrance to the meeting house is in the social room.

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Chapel in the social hall.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine and Moldova will be overseen by Elder Kirillo Pokylko of District Seventy and Assistant District Chief.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced three updates after this week’s conference.

urban churches

On Friday, a private media tour was organized through the new urban churches and mixed-use commercial office building in downtown Salt Lake City.

Bishop L. Todd Page of the Episcopal Church, who is overseeing the construction: “The idea came from it being a communal space and building an office tower and combining it with a conference room, which is a very inexpensive way to do it.” Houses of worship for the universal faith.

“We started construction in April 2019. It has been about three years, but it is an amazing 25-storey building,” said Badge. “The building is the third tallest in Salt Lake City, standing at 395 feet.”

The boardroom measures 39,000 square feet, has four floors at the base of the new Government Office Tower 95, and has a separate address from the office tower. The church tower was placed next to the meeting entrance facing Social Hall Avenue, which was once the place where Latter-day Saints gathered for social events. The original structure, known as Social Hall, was built in 1852 under the direction of President Brigham Young.

“This downtown building has always been a place of congregation, a place of community,” said Emily Ott, curator of the church history department. “It’s exciting that there is now a new building in roughly the same place and it’s a gathering place.”

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A monument with the remains of the original structure surrounded by an underground entrance tunnel to the buildings.

The original club room remained a place for social events until 1922. A century later, the site would be a gathering place for urban Latter-day Saints. Church leaders named the place of worship Social Hall Avenue Meetinghouse, located at 110 E. Social Hall Ave.

The new meeting house has two churches, so it can accommodate two groups at the same time, each with a capacity of 500 people. Six suites (meetings) will meet on the premises, including two suites for young singles. The meeting room was built to accommodate an increasing number of downtown housing units and promote a more walkable community.

“If he (Brigham Young) were to go up this ladder now, I think he would be very surprised at what is on this piece of land,” Page said. “This would also be a very social place… We have a nice garden with an outside terrace. I can see young and single adults gathering there, socializing and building relationships with each other.”

The development also includes a rooftop terrace, which can be used by office tenants during the day and church groups at night, and the Sunday School Hall, where the Women’s Relief Society meets. , with all the features of a traditional classroom along with an opinion. .

The unique development in the rapidly growing capital of Utah represents some of the other urban meeting houses of the church in major cities around the world.

“New York, London, Brussels, Alexandria, Virginia, they are all very expensive cities, and real estate is hard to find. So, we were able to do this kind of common use facility to make it a more economical proposition,” Page said.

Having an office tower provides a source of income to pay for the meeting room costs. Therefore, we try to be wise stewards of these sacred resources that the Lord has blessed us with.”

The tower and meeting room were developed by City Creek Reserve, a real estate investment company affiliated with the church. Okland Construction was the general contractor. Church tithes were not used to build the office tower.

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An open house will be held in the church conference room on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dedication is scheduled to take place on Sunday and will be moderated by Sheikh Kevin W. Pearson, Utah District President.

New mission, brought another

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is creating a new mission in Spain. The Spanish mission to the north of Madrid will include the areas of the current Spanish missions of Madrid and Barcelona.

The Mission of England will be returned to Bristol, from the Missions of England Birmingham and England London. The boundaries of England’s mission in Leeds will also be realigned with these changes.

Kevin E and Janine de Gallacher (currently with England Mission Birmingham since July 2021) will move to England Expedition Bristol. Adam and Heather West will lead the England mission to Birmingham. Cristobal Lee Trista S. Eastland will lead the northern expedition to Madrid, Spain.

These changes will take effect in early July and there will be a total of 411 missions around the world.

District Command

District leadership duties have been announced by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The changes affect the region’s presidencies and will take effect on August 1, with the exception of Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, which will take effect immediately.

Members of the regional presidencies are the general assembly of the seventy or the region of the seventy. The county presidencies consist of a president and councilors who work out of the county offices in each designated area.

These changes mean that there will be 23 regions in The Church of Jesus Christ: six regions that include the United States and Canada and an additional 17 regions outside of these two countries, including the new Northern Europe region and the Central European region, which together will help oversee a region with a large number of missions mission and languages ​​in the region.

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The three regions of Europe will be as follows:

Central Europe: Germany (district office), France, Poland, Albania, Georgia, Romania, Andorra, Greece, San Marino, Armenia, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Slovakia, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Malta, Tajikistan, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Cyprus, Netherlands, Turkmenistan, Czech Republic, North Macedonia, and Uzbekistan.

Eastern Europe: Russia (regional office), Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Northern Europe: United Kingdom (District Office), Greenland, Norway, Cape Verde, Iceland, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Lithuania

It is worth noting the following modification of church membership: “At this time, Ukraine and Moldova will be separate and will be supervised by Elder Kirillo Pokielko in his role as Assistant to the President of the Northern European Region,” the notice said.

Bochalko, 44, from Kyiv, Ukraine, was withdrawn to the 70th district in April 2020. At that time, he served as the head of the Baltic Mission. He is also a former branch chairman, member of the Presidency of Stocks, and a shareholder. He and his wife Elena have two children.

The Kyiv Ukrainian Temple was consecrated on August 29, 2010 by rector Thomas S. Monson and is located in the town of Borshchevka outside Kyiv.

Beginning in 1984, regions were established to direct work in the geographic locations of the World Church. The Provincial Presidencies of the United States and Canada will operate from the church headquarters in Salt Lake City. The Middle East/North Africa region of the church is managed from the headquarters.

According to church information, “the seventy work in the name of the Lord, under the supervision of the twelve … in building up the church and in organizing all its affairs in all nations.”

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