New church opens its doors

Tam Preston, Elizabeth Preston, Irene Buchan and Elayne Geddes, who are all members of the church.
Tam Preston, Elizabeth Preston, Irene Buchan and Elayne Geddes, who are all members of the church.

a new church has thrown open its doors to the public as part of a week of open days.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has recently opened a new chapel in Mintlaw. Since the first open day was held on August 21, members of the public have been able to visit and take a tour of the new building.

Norman Laird and Kathleen Laird, who were visiting the church during one of the open days, and Belinda Stephen, Alec Levenie and Davina Holdsworth, who are members of the church.

Norman Laird and Kathleen Laird, who were visiting the church during one of the open days, and Belinda Stephen, Alec Levenie and Davina Holdsworth, who are members of the church.

The place of worship boasts a chapel, educational rooms, a kitchen and a baptism font for full-immersion baptisms. The chapel itself has adjustable wall partitions so the room can be divided into two smaller learning spaces and for community use.

Commenting, Tam Preston, who is one of the priesthood leaders at the church, said: “We have had a steady flow of people visiting during the open days. We’ve hardly had 20 minutes where we haven’t had any visitors.

“We don’t baptise children until they are eight years old. When they reach that age, the bishop interviews the children to gauge their understanding of the gospel,” he added.

The church currently has a congregation of around 70 people.