The public is invited to tour the newly renovated Vermillion meetinghouse of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Local leader, President Mark Yockey, announced that there will be an open house on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, with tours of the meetinghouse from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
"We are excited to open the doors of this beautiful meetinghouse to the community," said President Yockey. "The open house also will be an opportunity for our friends and neighbors to see how we worship and how we implement our programs for adults, youth and children."
The building will serve members in Vermillion and the surrounding area. Worldwide, the church has over 13 million members in 176 nations and territories.
Many people aren't aware that next to the fur traders, the first white settlers in Vermillion were Latter-day Saints (Mormons) escaping persecution in Illinois. In 1844 these settlers found an abundance of food and laid out a large farm. In 1846 this group joined the Mormon migration west that was being organized by the much larger settlements in Council Bluffs, IA, and Omaha, NE.