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By Kent Larsen

Versaille, Pennsylvania Branch's Building Being Renovated

VERSAILLES, PENNSYLVANIA -- The Versaille branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently meeting in the former St. Dennis School, which is now undergoing major renovations. The lower floor of the school will hold the chapel, including pews recycled from a chapel in New Jersey, and classrooms and will be wheelchair-accessible. The renovation will also add a baptismal font on the lower floor. Until March, when the work is expected to be completed, the main floor of the building will house the classrooms, meeting rooms and the chapel. Because the building was a school, the classrooms already were in place so not too much work was required there before it could be used.

An article in the Connellsville Daily Courier looks at the changes being made to the building, and at the beliefs and practices of the LDS Church. It also looks at the history of the Church in the Pittsburgh area. According to the article, members of the Church left the Pittsburgh area after the Saints moved from Kirtland, Ohio west to Missouri, and then Nauvoo. But by 1847 five branches of the Church were again operating around Pittsburgh. An early family in the Pittsburgh area was that of U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch. His father, Jesse Hatch, brought his family to Pittsburgh in 1923 to help build the local church. The first LDS building in the area was purchased in 1929 on Wallingford Street in Oakland.

Latter-Day Saints Renovating in Versailles
Connellsville PA Daily Courier 6Oct01 B1
By Carol Waterloo Frazier: Daily News Religion Editor


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