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Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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There had been talk of starting a branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Williamsport/Attica area for at least two years before the branch was actually organized. The Lafayette Stake was formed about a year before the branch organized. (A stake is a larger organizatin made up of several congragations, called wards and branches.) In December of 1983 the talk about starting a unit in the Williamsport area suddenly became serious. It was decided that more LDS families lived closer to Williamsport than to Attica, the building would be located in Williamsport. The members of the Williamsport branch would be drawn from Danville, Illinois Ward, Lafayette Ward, and Crawfordsville Ward.

The Wiliamsport Branch was organized and our first meeting was held on February 5, 1984. The meeting was held in the Methodist Church annex in Williamsport. Between 95-105 people were in attendance. This include the Lafayette Stake Presidency, the Champaign, Ill Stake Presidency and member from the Danville Ward, the Lafayette Ward, and the Crawfordsville Ward. The meeting lasted from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m. Burr Smiley was set apart as Branch President with Robert Dawson as First Counselor and Richard Jenkins as Second Counselor. Virginia Makemson was set apart as Primary President, and Michele Smiley as Young Women's President. Gerald Sprague was sustained as Young Men's President and Orson Asay as Melchizedek Priesthood leader.

The second meeting of the Williamsport Branch was held in the Methodist Church annex on February 12, 1984. There were approximately 37 people in attendance. The meeting began at 1:00p.m. and lasted until 4:00 p.m. Our newly assigned missionaries, Elder Norman and Sister Mary Ann Hough, were in attendance.

On February 19, 1984, our third meeting was held in our newly rented meetinghouse at 4 West Washington St. in Williamsport. Forty-one people attended this meeting. Kokomo Ward donated 63 folding chairs, and Crawfordsville donated an organ to us. The meetinghouse had three good sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large v-shaped living room where Sacrament meeting was held. We were able to rent the home very reasonably and it served us very well.

In April of 1985 ground was broken for our new building. The first meeting in our new building was held on December 1, It was so nice to have the extra room that new building gave us.

Date: 8/1/1989
Origin: Good Ol' Days
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Record ID: 00000134
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
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Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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