Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints New Jersey : Mormons building big church in Jersey City

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken root and is growing in Hudson County. They recently purchased a large tract on Route 139 and Bevan Street in Jersey City right near Kennedy Boulevard for their newest church center.
The site of a former car dealership has been vacant for decades and is in a very visible location. It could be the most prominent of the Mormon churches already on Journal Square, in Union City and West New York. "We hope to build a large structure," said Brad Thatcher, a sixth-generation Mormon who is one of the two counselors of the Caldwell Stake, their equivalent of a diocese or region.
I met with Thatcher and Megan Parker, their public affairs specialist for the New York Metro area who is also a member, at their West New York church center right across from Albio Sires Elementary School. (By the way, Sires and I were St. Peter's College classmates.) This site was built in 2001 and claims 150 members, mostly Spanish, said Thatcher.

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