Despite blustery weather, a good number of members of the Storm Lake Branch of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints turned out for groundbreaking of their new chapel Saturday. The chapel will be located along Highway 110 in southwest Storm Lake.
On hand were Stake officials from Sioux City including Dave Faldmo, Stake President; and Keith Longhurst, Second Counselor in the Stake Presidency.
"This is exciting," said Faldmo. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to be here for this groundbreaking. It will be a great thing for the community."
Faldmo said a Branch must have at least 60 members attending services for three to six months before it can qualify for its own chapel. The Storm Lake Branch now had over 200 members attending from Albert City, Cherokee, and Laurens.
The new chapel, similar to that in Story City, will cost approximately $885,000. There will be no debt on the chapel since church policy is to pay for buildings in cash.
The Latter Day Saints have been in Storm Lake since 1982. The chapel is currently housed in a rented building at 1411 E. Lakeshore Drive.
Kent Radford, President of the Storm Lake Branch, said the Branch started looking for a site for the church four years ago. After approval from church officials in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Branch had the go-ahead to purchase the property. Radford estimates construction will be completed in six to eight months.
"This building is really going to be a great asset to this neighborhood and Storm Lake," Radford said. The Branch bought the property from Chet Brecher.
The site will also host the faith's genealogy database, the largest in the world.