Not long ago, Herriman, Utah was a small unheard of farm town. However, its incredible recent growth has brought attention to the city. The Deseret News in 2010 reported, “Herriman's population nearly quintupled from 3,246 in 2000 to 18,378 in 2009." The growth has brought a new look to the city. There is less farmland, and instead there are more homes, grocery stores, schools, and gas stations. At the center of this town, lies an old chapel on Pioneer Street. However, it is not the original chapel that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built in the town.

Many believe the LDS church building there today is the original chapel of Herriman. The original chapel, often referred to as the old "Rock Church" was built in 1879 and located approximately where Herriman City Hall stands today - adjacent to the current church building, built in 1925. The original chapel was only one room and eventually collapsed. The church, had a bishop's office at the very top of the south side of the building. Below the office was stairs that allowed access to the office, chapel, and basement. The chapel was on the north end of the building, and was known for its portraits of modern day prophets lining the walls. Downstairs had a simple baptismal font, classrooms, and a single restroom. Many of the original structures still exist, but the original chapel and baptismal font are no longer in the church.

The 1980’s brought a new time in church history for Herriman. Previously, there was only one LDS congregation (ward), but the town's growth necessitated a second ward. Arvid Bowles became the first bishop of the Herriman First Ward, and Leland Lewis became the first bishop of the Herriman Second Ward. Bowles remembers additions were done to the church at different times throughout his life. Over the course of time, the church received a new chapel, a cultural hall, classrooms, a Relief Society room, restrooms, and a library. Bowles took an active part in raising money for the additions and for the church budget in Herriman. His wife, Joyce, recalls, “They took chickens. They planted potatoes. We had to do all that for a lot of years to raise money.”

Unfortunately, the building has received a lot of wear and tear over the years, especially in the original areas of the building. Bowles’ daughter, Debra, comments that there is consideration of knocking the church down. For some though, the building is a reminder of Herriman’s smaller, simpler days and sacrifice. As Joyce Bowles remembers what her family gave up for the church, she remembers more importantly that her family was blessed. Joyce stated, “Do you know what’s funny? We never missed it at all…. We got along just fine.”

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Interview with Arvid and Joyce Bowles Description of sacrifices individuals made to make additions to the Herriman chapel. Source: Bowles, Arvid and Joyce. Interview with Kaili Sparks. Personal Interview. Herriman, UT October 30, 2016.

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Herriman Chapel, constructed 1925 on the site of the 1879 Rock Church, pictured here before later additions.
Herriman Chapel, constructed 1925 on the site of the 1879 Rock Church, pictured here before later additions. Source: Herriman Historical Committee
Herriman Sunday School, c. 1940s
Herriman Sunday School, c. 1940s Source: Herriman Historical Committee Date: C. 1940s
Bishopric of Herriman Left to right (Top): Kenneth Eastman, Almon Butterfield, Ted Christensen (Bottom): Earl Poor, Kent Bodell, Don Swasey
Bishopric of Herriman Left to right (Top): Kenneth Eastman, Almon Butterfield, Ted Christensen (Bottom): Earl Poor, Kent Bodell, Don Swasey Source: Herriman Historical Committee Date: C. 1940s
Arvid and Joyce Bowles
Arvid and Joyce Bowles Source: Photograph, Becky Sparks
Front of Herriman Chapel, Constructed 1925
Front of Herriman Chapel, Constructed 1925 Source: Photograph, Kaili Sparks Date: 2016
Herriman Chapel Cornerstone
Herriman Chapel Cornerstone Source: Photograph, Kaili Sparks Date: 2016
Front of Herriman Chapel, Constructed 1925
Front of Herriman Chapel, Constructed 1925 Source: Photograph, Kaili Sparks Date: 2016

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Kaili Sparks, Brigham Young University, “The Herriman Chapels,” Intermountain Histories, accessed April 19, 2024, https://www.intermountainhistories.org/items/show/14.