New chapel in Mintlaw.
New chapel in Mintlaw.

Mintlaw’s only chapel has now been completed - just 11 months after construction began.

The brand new building at Newlands Road, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was used for the first time on Sunday, August 12, when around 80 members and friends of the local congregation gathered in the building.

The new chapel has been constructed using church funds from 14.5 million members worldwide,.

The chapel is of a contemporary design and was built using high-quality materials and provides modern facilities to allow members to carry out the programmes of the church more easily.

Folk of Buchan will be given a first glimpse of inside the new chuch this week when the church opens its doors to the public.

The open week runs until Saturday, August 25, enabling the public to view the building that has a multi-functional hall for classroom use, rest rooms, an administrative office and a full-size font for the performance of baptisms by immersion.

The building may be representative of modern times, but visitors who may attend for holy worship will find the doctrine that is preached within the church remains unchanged, being set up in the same way that Jesus Christ established His church over 2,000 years ago.

Leader of the local congregation of nearly 300 members, Alistair J.M. Smith told the Buchanie: “There has been a meeting of members of the church in the Buchan area since 1962 and we have waited all this time to get our own chapel.

“The congregation has met in rented halls and more recently in the nearby Mintlaw Academy.

“We are grateful for those being provided for us, but now that we have got our own building, we have somewhere where we can make ourselves at home.”

Bishop Smith added: “We look forward to the special dedication of the building in the near future.”