On a Sunday afternoon the latter part of March, many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met at an original site of the meeting place in Cumberland County. This was in the Slate Springs area and was at the site of the school building that was used by various religions as a meeting place. It served the people in this area from about 1915 until 1952, when a church was built near this site.

Early in the 1900s, missionaries came into this area looking for a member of the church and were directed to the Slate Springs area to the lady's home. The missionaries began teaching the restored gospel, and many in that area accepted the teachings and were baptized into the church. Church membership in the area now numbers around 450. There have been many convert baptisms, and many people have moved in from other areas.

The church built in the Slate Springs area served the membership for about 20 years. Due to the growth of the church, a new building was erected near Crossville and was built in phases as the membership grew — phase III was completed a few years ago and houses the congregation at this point. As the church grows, the area will be divided, and both areas will use the same building and be on a different time schedule for meetings. The church has a tremendous building project going on at all times to facilitate the membership throughout the world.

Bishop Conley expressed in a sincere prayer the desire of the hearts of the members that more people in the area would open their doors to the missionaries, would listen to their humble message of the restoration of the gospel and would ponder the message.

The Book of Mormon is available to anyone upon request; it does not take the place of Holy Bible but merely adds to the truths contained therein.

It is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ and is a record of a group of people who left Jerusalem about 600 B.C. and continues through 421 A.D. Among basic gospel truths, it also records the Savior's visit to the Americas after his resurrection and the establishment of His church here upon this continent.

The Book of Mormon contains a promise to those who sincerely seek to know of its truthfulness and is recorded in the Book of Moroni 10:3-5: "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down unto the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

You are invited to any of our meetings. The church is at 1550 Genesis Road, and church services start at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, with scouts and some auxiliary meetings on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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