New LDS “Legacy” chapel in Maple­ton

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Chris Hash Ed­i­tor: Maple­ton News

Large crowds toured Maple­ton’s new LDS “Legacy” chapel on Fri­day, Au­gust 8. The new build­ing will serve the 2nd, 7th, and 23rd wards of the Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. Meet­ings held in the Legacy build­ing be­gan Sun­day, Au­gust 10.

“We’re ex­cited to start meet­ing in this beau­ti­ful new build­ing,” said Gor­don Harkness, El­ders’ Quorum Pres­i­dent in the Maple­ton 7th ward.

“Ground was bro­ken on June 1, 2013, and con­struc­tion pro­ceeded smoothly,” says Pres­i­dent David Jones of the Maple­ton North Stake. “This build­ing is very ef­fi­ciently built.”

Var­i­ous dis­plays were set up through­out the build­ing, high­light­ing the work of aux­il­iaries and groups within an LDS ward, such as the Pri­mary, Re­lief So­ci­ety, Young Wom­ens, Young Mens, Scouts, and Fam­ily His­tory.

The Legacy build­ing has many mod­ern fea­tures, some read­ily ap­par­ent and some not.

The chapel is spa­cious, wider and not as deep, with the benches on the side be­ing slanted. The sacra­ment prepa­ra­tion is lo­cated to the side in­stead of the front, as in older build­ings. The hall­ways are also wider, with no breeze­ways.

Rooms through­out the build­ing have mo­tion sen­sors which turn lights on and off au­to­mat­i­cally. All of the elec­tron­ics for the build­ing can be man­aged from a cen­tral con­trol cen­ter. The stage at the back of the cul­tural hall has a lift to im­prove hand­i­cap ac­cess.

Many other small fea­tures have been in­cor­po­rated to im­prove the build­ing’s func­tion­al­ity. For ex­am­ple, class­room doors swing into the class­rooms, not the hall, so they don’t im­peded traf­fic flow. Bishops’ of­fices are set off in an area off the hall­way, again im­prov­ing traf­fic flow and adding a mea­sure of pri­vacy.

“I think the Lord is re­ally pleased with how this build­ing has turned out,” added Todd Miller, Coun­selor in the Maple­ton North Stake Pres­i­dency.

“There’s just a re­ally sweet spirit here,” Pres­i­dent Jones con­cluded. “This is a mod­ern de­sign for the grow­ing LDS church in this area.”

Chris Hash

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