Thursday, February 5, 2009

LDS Chapel Burns to the ground

We learned yesterday that the LDS church that I was blessed in, baptised, attended 3 weddings of my siblings in and many other life building experiences in, burned to the ground. Its a very sad thing for me.
I also feel so bad for my sister. Her daughter is getting married next week, the 13th, and was scheduled to have her wedding at this chapel.

As I reflect on the sad feelings that I have about the event, it made me realize how much I take for granted the special events we have in our lives that change who we are as people. Being blessed and given a name, no I don't remember that, of course, but that started my life as a member of the LDS faith. Being baptised, definitely remember that, I wish I could have that experience again and again. Going through the Temple, AWESOME!
But in each of these experiences the church building I was in and the beauty around me escaped me at the time. We are really blessed in our faith to have such beautiful buildings to worship in and be able to have those special events in our life that help us make those choices to live our gospel to the fullest.

LOGANDALE, Nev. -- A fire official says federal investigators are joining the probe of a pre-dawn blaze Wednesday that destroyed an LDS Church stake center in a small Nevada farming town northeast of Las Vegas.Clark County fire spokesman Scott Allison says there's no immediate indication of foul play in the 4 a.m. fire that engulfed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Logandale.But he said the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating because it's a church fire.Allison said firefighters from Clark County, North Las Vegas and Mesquite were able to save an office building and church records, but the chapel was a total loss.No injuries are reported.Allison said the church is the first and oldest Mormon congregation in the Moapa Valley town about 55 miles from Las Vegas. The building, at 3245 Moapa Valley Blvd., was dedicated in 1951.


Noah and Randi Brook said...

OH NO!! That is so sad I cant belive it! I remember going there when I was little. what a sad loss! Its good that nobody was hurt and they were able to save the records.

The Henderson Family said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Paula! I remember feeling so terrible about the ward building that burned down in Mesa in November 2007 from arson, but I can't imagine how you feel that is was your building and had so many memories there. I hope the cause was something mechanical or electrical and not a hate crime like what happened in Mesa. Your poor niece too! That really is sad for her that she doesn't get to have her special day there. Thank goodness the church records were saved and that everyone is okay.

Eva said...

I went to that building once, Lily was 3 months old and we were both sick...we didn't last long I think we went home before the sacrament.
I always liked the building though, I gave it an appreciative glance every time we drove through town.

Kate said...

That is sad. It really is an eye opener on how much we take for granted. I hope you had a great birthday! I thought about you all day!

Amy said...

That is so horrible, Paula. But I love the beauty of your thoughts about the important dates and happenings in our lives.