Adding to the diversity in Granite Falls, is the new building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (LDS), which is located at 18210 100th St. NE, directly across the street from Granite Falls High School.
The new 16,500 square foot building is the home to over 575 local members of the congregation, which covers both Granite Falls and parts of Lake Stevens.
Both leaders and members are thrilled to be able to have a physical presence within the community.
“From a personal and religious standpoint, I think there is a spirit that permeates through the community,” President Alan Whipple of the Snohomish Stake of the LDS Church said. “Not only do we have a brick and mortar presence but also a good spirit by having a dedicated church building.”
The building has 18 classrooms, a gymnasium, a small kitchen and a chapel that seats over 270 people. It also includes offices for Bishops to preside over three congregations.
“The glory of God is intelligence,” Whipple said, explaining the abundance of classrooms, which are used to teach members of all ages.
Sunday services include an hour of Sacrament Meeting where the congregation meets together and can sit as families, an hour where they break into age groups from 18 months and up. The last hour members 12 and older are separated by gender and are again focused on the teachings of the scriptures.
During the week the building is used for Scouting, youth activities, and social gatherings for the congregation.
A major focus of the LDS Church is service and the members of the Granite Falls Ward look forward to extending a hand in the community letting their neighbors know who they are and what they believe.
“I think that now as we go and do service, people in the community will recognize us and having a home helps the community see we want to be inclusive and shows them we want to be good neighbors,” Whipple said. “We also want the community to know that we respect other churches and appreciate all they do.”
The building broke ground in August 2008 and was dedicated on Sept. 27, 2009.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be holding an Open House this Sunday, Oct. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All those in the community who would like to attend and walk through the new building are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
“We want people to know that we are Christians, we believe in strengthening families and youth and being a part of the community,” Whipple said.
Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. and visitors are welcome.
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