The late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley described his first recognition of the Church’s founder, Joseph Smith, as he listened to a hymn in the old 10th Ward meetinghouse in Salt Lake City. “During the singing in the service,” President Hinckley explained, “there came into my young heart a great surge of love for and belief in the mighty prophet of this dispensation.”
The bricks, mortar and beams of a meetinghouse create a level of emotional connection for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who gather there. Significant personal moments in life are experienced by families in these church buildings, such as births, baptisms, celebrations, achievements, even funerals. They also provide the locale for fellowship among Latter-day Saints.
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