2165 Parkcrest Avenue
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2165 Parkcrest Avenue is a large church owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located across the street from Parkcrest Elementary School. It was built by them in the 1970s and has received a few significant updates. This building is not one of the organization's temples, so everyone is welcome to visit it.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints designed the building with growth in mind, using a phased construction plan. As the congregation grew and needed space to run the Church’s programs, phases were added:
-Phase 1 is a small meeting hall with a couple of offices and classrooms.
-Phase 2 includes a large meeting hall with overflow seating.
-Phase 3 includes a gymnasium, stage, classrooms, and offices.
-Local legend maintains that there was a Phase 4 planned which would include more office and classroom space for regional leadership, once needed.
Currently, phases 1, 2, and 3 have been constructed.
Along with its more well-known preaching missionary program, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints once operated a "labour missionary" program. Similar to a preaching mission, volunteers would dedicate two years of their life to travel where they were needed and build church-owned buildings like temples and meetinghouses. The Kamloops building was constructed by a mixture of these labour missionaries and local, experienced members who were contracted to help.
The building is currently used by two congregations of Latter-day Saints:
The Kamloops Family History Centre is housed inside the building.
Early March 1965: Parkcrest property purchased
Nov 1971: Phase 1 constructed. First meeting held on the 21st.
1976: phase 2 (large chapel) added
1979: phase 3 (gymnasium, FHC, and offices) added
1999, 2003, 2009: Significant internal renovations/modifications/updates.
(2022). Emails with the Church History Department in Utah.
Personal knowledge (Andrew Lamb).