With over 1000 members in and near Williamson County, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is building a new meeting center in Nolensville to make room for them all.
Where the ward, or congregation, meets depending on where you live. There are so many Nolensville members now that the church had no choice but to build another location that was closer to everyone’s homes.
According to David Watson, Stake President, one of the leaders of the Nolensville ward, there have been Latter Day Saints members in Nolensville since the 1950s. He has records of the house they met in.
The new building will be over 20,000 square feet, sitting on over 6.5 acres of land at 1646 Sunset Road. The chapel will accommodate 800 people. Southern Nolensville, central Nolensville and East Brentwood will all meet at the new building at different times on Sundays.
Watson is most excited about the atrium. In the middle of the building there will be a tree with benches and flowers around it. From there will be entrances to the chapel, the gymnasium and classrooms.
Outside there will be a pavilion with picnic tables and plenty of parking.
The new building will be complete by December 2014.
“Now we have a church building we can call our own and be a part of the community,” said Watson.
The church is already quite active. They’ll be volunteering at Saturday’s Broken Wheel Festival and they have a thriving Boy Scout troupe and youth group.
The youth group hosts’ monthly dances for 14-18 year olds and have camps throughout the year. This summer they took part in a Pioneer Trek where the teens reenacted the cross-country journey the original Mormons went on to give generations religious freedom.
Watson is happy the church is continuing to grown in Nolensville.
“We get involved with the community because we feel like we are a part of the community,” said Watson.
Members come from all walks of life, some in the public eye. Watson owns all of the Sonics in the area.
He’s excited for the church to be nearby and involved with Nolensville.