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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Original Mormon chapel reopens
London UK Times 24Apr00 D1
By Ruth Gledhill: Religion Correspondent

ELDERSFIELD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND -- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve rededicated what the London Times calls the "world's first Mormon chapel" as a museum of LDS history in Great Britain. The restored building will also be used for "religious celebrations" on occasion.

The chapel was built in 1836 by the United Brethren, a Christian group from which many Mormons of that era converted, and given to the Mormons in 1840. It was later sold in the 19th century to assist poor Mormon converts in emigrating to Utah. At one time it served a total of 40 LDS congregations from the surrounding 15-mile area.

LDS Church spokesman Bryan Grant says the church tried to make the building as authentic as possible. "The chapel has been restored as far as possible to how it would have been more than 150 years ago. We had artists' drawings and photographs of the chapel as it was."


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