A new building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been completed in Walker. The first meetings were held on June 15 and an open house is scheduled for the public 2-6 p.m. Saturday with a dedication held 11:50 a.m. Sunday in the chapel.
The new building at 40 Mill Creek Lane West in Walker replaces a temporary structure. The Walker branch is made up of about 100 families living in Topaz, Walker and Coleville, as well as Marines from the Pickel Meadow Mountain Warfare Training Center.
Walker Branch President Jim Hales has overseen the construction of the new building and is looking forward to using the larger meeting house and the new Family History Center. Hales plans to make the Family History Center and its genealogy research available to all community members.
"This building will be a great blessing to the entire Antelope Valley," said Hales. "I believe the members of the church and all of the members of the community will feel our Heavenly Father's love as this building is constructed and we extend a welcome to all to attend our services."
Stakes and wards have no paid ministry and are operated by member volunteers. The Walker branch is also part of the Reno Temple district where saints participate in eternal ordinances, including marriage.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest growing churches in the world with membership of more than 13 million. There are more than 100,000 saints in Nevada or about 7.5 percent of the population.