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Michael Ellis MP visits Northampton Mormons

Following an invitation to attend a charity screening of the US cinema success, ‘Meet the Mormons’ the Rt Hon Michael Ellis MP for Northampton North received a tour of the Northampton Meeting house of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr Ellis, newly appointed Private Parliamentary Secretary to Theresa May, Home Secretary, met with Church leader Rob Clayton and Bishop Terry Richards from one of the local congregations to discuss the growing attendance. The building on Harlestone Road was opened in 1968 and there are now nearly 200,000 members in the United Kingdom.

In attendance were full-time sister missionaries from America and Spain, who left their homes and families for 18 months, and explained their role as ambassadors for the Church in the local area. Mr Ellis also visited the Family History Centre on site, which is open to the public on 4 days of the week, where family history can be researched for free. The Church has the largest genealogical records in the world and many members of the public use the facilities to complete their own personal family tree.

Michael Ellis commented, “I first visited three years ago, and this was my second time. The ...well-established community in Northampton was very welcoming once again, and I enjoyed being shown around, and talking with leaders who work hard in the service of their church and the wider community.” ​

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