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20131026 MissionChapel Exterior landscaped 0012 smallMISSION—The public is invited to tour the newly-completed Mission meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The bishops of the three congregations that will occupy the meetinghouse announced that an open house is slated for Thursday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 10, with tours of the meetinghouse from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

People of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are welcome. The new chapel is located at the corner of Bryan Road and Mile 2 Line in Mission.

“We have waited years for a meetinghouse in this area,” says Richard Young, bishop of the Mission Second Ward, one of three congregations that will use the meetinghouse.

“This will be a blessing to hundreds of our members who will no longer have to travel to McAllen for Sunday worship and midweek activities. The open house will also be an opportunity for our friends and neighbors to see how we worship and how we implement our programs for adults, youth and children.”

“We’re excited to be able to show it to our friends and neighbors and let them see how it will be used,” says Dora Cisneros, president of the Mission Second Ward’s Relief Society – the church’s organization for women.

Brice Chandler, stake president for the Church’s McAllen Texas West Stake and a resident of Mission, said the meetinghouse will serve nearly 1,800 Latter-day Saints who reside in Mission and nearby communities.

Chandler said, “The members of the church in Mission have always had to travel to McAllen or elsewhere to attend worship services.  Having a local chapel will be a great blessing to the members.  This will decrease travel time and thus relieve a burden for many families.  More importantly, a local chapel will help to foster a sense of religious community.  This will not only help to strengthen the members but also our community.”

The 17,000 square-foot meetinghouse includes a chapel, cultural hall/gymnasium, classrooms, offices, media room and serving area.

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