Gadfield Elm Chapel

From September 9 to October 21, we have the sweet opportunity on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 to 5 pm to substitute for our friends, Bernard and Val, the senior missionary couple serving at the Gadfield Elm Chapel. It is the oldest LDS chapel in the world, built in 1836 by the United Brethren, a group looking for the truths of Jesus Christ’ gospel. When Wilford Woodruff came in 1840, they recognized the truths they were seeking in the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. They thrilled to have an Apostle preach to them and felt the spirit witness to them of this true church. Almost all of the 600 were baptized, including my ancestor Thomas Jenkins. They turned over all their licenced places of teaching, (required of any religion besides the Church of England) including the Gadfield Elm Chapel to the Church. I love to think of the spirit and truths that were shared here! The building was sold to finance passages of members going to Nauvoo in 1842 to join the Saints. It fell into disrepair through the years, was bought by a committee of members in 1994, who restored it, and turned it over to the Church in 2004, when President Hinckley dedicated it. (That’s the gist of what we share, with our testimonies and love of the restored gospel.) With this blog, we’ll give you a tour! 🙂

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Welcome to our tour!

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Here’s my wonderful companion!

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Sign in the window, with a clues to the door code, so people can come in and visit when missionaries aren’t on duty.

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Displays and Christus statue as visitors first come in the lobby area.

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Guest books and materials to take.

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Painting in the lobby, which includes the Benbow farm and pond at the top, Wilford Woodruff, ship, covered wagons and Salt Lake Temple

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Painting showing what it could have looked like in 1840.

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The chapel which seats about 100.

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Imagine Wilford Woodruff, Brigham Young, Willard Richards speaking there.

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The original advertisement for the 1994 auction where the committee bought the land and building together with a local farmer.

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chapel window

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An upstairs area with displays about the Church growth in England, Wilford Woodruff’s travels, the restoration of the chapel, and biographies of those baptized in the area, many of whom were pioneers.

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Gene, looking out the upstairs window to see…..

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the area below.

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A large field near the chapel, used for church activities, picnics, youth conferences…..

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English Oak tree planted by President Gordon B. Hinckley at the dedication here in 2004.

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Lovely place to sit and feel the peace of the countryside.

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‘Hope you enjoyed our tour! Cheerio!

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2 thoughts on “Gadfield Elm Chapel

  1. I enjoyed the tour of the Gadfield chapel. You did a wonderful job In presenting the material and I felt a real connection to the building and sourroundings. You are amazing missionaries and I can feel the sweet love you have for the work you are doing there. I love you sooooooo much. Mom

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