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LDS donates $25,000 toward chapel

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS donates $25,000 toward chapel
Provo UT Daily Herald 23Oct99 D1
By Candace Perry: The Daily Herald

PROVO, UTAH -- The LDS Church has made a $25,000 donation to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for the construction of a non-denominational chapel in the hospital. Elder Dennis Neuenschwander, area president of the Utah South Region and Elder Carl Bacon, Area Authority Seventy from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the check to UVRMC on Thursday, October 21st.

Construction on the 600-square-foot chapel, three private consultation rooms and a pastoral care office will begin November 6th. Construction is expected to be completed in February. The $100,000 for the construction came entirely from private donors through the Intermountain Health Care's Celebration of Health Foundation. In addition to the LDS Church, the Ester Foundation, Monroe and Shirley Paxman and several other religious denominations contributed to the cause.

"I know it will be a great benefit to those who come to the hospital and need a quiet place to think about things," said Elder Neuenschwander. Chaplain Alden Brown, full-time chaplain at the hospital, says that the chapel will be a tremendous help, "It's an uplifting, soft spiritual atmosphere for anyone that wants to come," Brown said.

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