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By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'

Raymond Chapel Dedicated by Elder Ballard

RAYMOND, ALBERTA, CANADA -- As part of Canada Day activities during last week's long weekend celebrations in Raymond, Alberta, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve dedicated the newest chapel since the Raymond Alberta Stake was created almost four years ago.

Citizens of the predominantly-LDS community also celebrated the town's centennial of existence. Latter-day Saints had come up from Utah in the early 20th century with a Utah entrepreneur named Jesse Knight after recommendation by Elder John W. Taylor, an apostle at the time.

Within two years, the Taylor Stake, the third organised outside the United States, was created in Raymond by President Joseph F. Smith. President Smith, prophet at the time, was a great-grandfather of M. Russell Ballard.

While visiting the town during the weekend, Elder Ballard rode in Saturday's centennial parade as an honorary marshal with his wife Barbara.

The next day, 01 July, Elder Ballard, who has visited Raymond as an apostle 13 times in the last 20 years, dedicated the new Taylor Chapel. The chapel, named after John W. Taylor, son of Church president John Taylor, is situated on a street which had been renamed Taylor Street just prior to the dedication.

Church News, 07 Jul 2001


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