Groundbreaking Announced for New Latter-day Saint Meetinghouse in San Juan Capistrano, California

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will construct a new meetinghouse in San Juan Capistrano, California, open for Church and community events.

“This new building will be a community asset, and we look forward to hosting civic and interfaith events, as well as regular church services and events there.”

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are commencing construction for a new meetinghouse in San Juan Capistrano, California. The meetinghouse site is located at 29273 Stallion Ridge, adjacent to San Juan Hills High School. Church leaders announced that a formal groundbreaking event will be held at the site on Saturday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m.

The ceremonies will be directed by long-time San Juan Capistrano resident Greg Stapley. As president of the Church’s San Clemente Stake region, Stapley oversees all Church affairs in the cities of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, as well as portions of Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The new San Juan Capistrano building will be the third Latter-day Saint meetinghouse facility in the region, joining similar facilities in the Shorecliffs and Rancho San Clemente neighborhoods of San Clemente.

“We are thrilled to be building a meetinghouse for our many members and their friends in San Juan Capistrano,” said Stapley. “This new building will be a community asset, and we look forward to hosting civic and interfaith events, as well as regular church services and events there.” As one example of the community benefits the new structure will bring, Mr. Stapley noted that an agreement in place with Capistrano Unified School District will allow San Juan Hills High School students to use the meetinghouse parking lot for much-needed overflow parking on school days.

Participants in the groundbreaking ceremonies will include church, community, government and interfaith leaders. All Latter-day Saints, neighbors and community members are invited to attend.

The Church’s San Clemente Stake region includes more than 3,600 Latter-day Saints organized in nine local “wards” or congregations, including a Spanish-speaking congregation, a congregation of young single adults, and a branch for church members enlisted at Camp Pendleton. Numerous additional meetinghouses are located in fourteen other stakes of similar size across Orange County and 154 stakes throughout California. Church meetinghouses are used for Sunday worship services as well as weekday early-morning scripture study for high school students, youth activities, interfaith community service projects and community basketball pick-up games.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, whose members are sometimes referred to as “Mormons,” currently has 30,304 congregations, 159 operating temples, and 15,882,417 members worldwide.

For more information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including downloadable, high-resolution photos, please visit http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/facts-and-statistics. For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, please contact Amy Cook at 949.813.0182 or amy@osmondmarketing.com.

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