Sunday, December 7, 2014

                                                                                                                         December 7, 2014
941 Lynn Valley Road

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
North Vancouver, B.C.

"Since its organization in New York in 1830, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a presence in Canada. The first Latter Day Saint missionaries to preach outside of the United States preached in Upper Canada; the first stake to be established outside of the U.S. was the Alberta Stake; and the Cardston Alberta Temple was the first church temple to be built outside of the current boundaries of the United States.

"As of January 1, 2011, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported 182,415 members, 47 stakes, 325 wards, 5 districts, 155 branches, 8 missions, 7 temples, and 163 Family History Centers, in Canada." (Link.)

There are 10 churches in the greater Vancouver area with the first temple built in the suburb of Langley in 2010.

Vancouver Temple by airforcefe.jpg
131. Vancouver British Columbiaedit
Langley, British Columbia
25 May 2006
2 May 2010 by Thomas S. Monson
49.15067599972°N 122.6592250000°W
19,053 sq ft (1,770 m2) on a 11.77 acre (4.8 ha) site
Open house was held in April and the dedication 2 May 2010.[9][10][11] First temple in British Columbia and 6th in Canada. (Link.)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in North Vancouver was first listed in the City Directories at the North Vancouver Archives in 1965. 

However, the congregation  met in Vancouver at Prince Albert Ave. and 14th Street until  1946 when they moved to  the North Shore.  As meeting halls they used the FOE Hall in lower Lonsdale, the IOOF Hall on Keith Road, and the Masonic Hall also on lower Lonsdale. Ground breaking for the church at 941 Lynn Valley Road was in 1962.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Lynn Valley Road opened on Sept. 6, 1964. (*)

Full Immersion Baptismal Font

The original building consisted of the Chapel (see right side of the top photo) and the north wing.  The north wing (see left side of the top photo) was made up of specialized classrooms,  a kitchen, and meeting rooms.  One of the meeting  rooms contained the Baptismal Font for full immersion baptism.

Cultural Hall

In 1976 an addition was built across the back of the church.  The Cultural Hall and more classrooms and meeting rooms were added.  The Cultural Hall and a small storage area are east of the original Chapel and separated with folding doors which allow for more Chapel seating when needed.  The Cultural Hall with its stage and wooden floor also can be used as a gym or theater space.

The Chapel

A further renovation took place in 1977.  This included updating of the Chapel.

The Sunday Services includes a worship service in the Chapel followed by group meetings in individual rooms.  The Sunday congregation numbers from 100-200. "The teens meet five days a week (except holidays) for seminary (religion class)." (*)

Service groups includes monthly collecting of donations to the Food Bank from the community. The women of the church also meet to make kits for Relief Projects.

Thank you: To Bishop Ivan Ng and Brother Cordell Rolfson and 
                 Sister Marilyn Rolfson and *Norma Pollack.
Photos: Taken in May 2014 by SW.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.

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