For those ushered out of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at Longfellow Park at 10:45 a.m. during the morning service over two years ago, the sight of the burning chapel would be difficult to forget. The spire would collapse that day, and the building’s interior was left a gnarled, burnt mess by a four-alarm fire.
“The memory is still so vivid, two years later. I was evacuated and had to wait for my daughter to get out of the church. I can still remember that feeling of incredible worry, and picture the billows of smoke,” church spokesman Greg Sorensen said after Sunday’s dedicatory service for the rebuilt church.
With hundreds of churchgoers standing outside the freshly rebuilt chapel, smiling broadly as they bathed in the early afternoon sun after the ninety minute ceremony, the church was happily embracing its fresh start.
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