Summarized by Vickie Speek
Where two or three are gathered. . .
Deseret News 31Jul99 C3
By Jerry Johnston
In Utah, LDS meeting houses abound, but, in many other areas of the
country, members of the Mormon Church must improvise when it comes to
finding a place to meet. Meetings are held in apartments, vacant
houses, schools, libraries, even garages, according to John Hart of
the LDS Church News. As with most spiritual matters it's the frame
of mind of the congregation that means more to a successful meeting
than the frame of the building.
President Thomas S. Monson tells the story of the LDS congregation
that met in a Moose Lodge. "I can understand the sacrament and the
hymns, but what's the meaning of the moose head on the wall?" one
woman was heard to say.
Dozens of non-LDS around Utah also meet in nontraditional settings.
Wendover's Spanish-speaking Catholics meet above a casino. Utah's
Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) have tried more than a few
sacred spaces, including the Ladies Literary Club, a house, rented
buildings, and a day-care facility.
Public school rooms, hotel rooms and ski lodges, and strip malls have
also doubled as places of worship in Utah. The most popular
nontraditional meeting halls, however, have been mortuaries. The
mortuary is never open on Sunday morning, the building often has an
organ, microphone, pulpit, chairs and appropriate decor, and parking