Stake History[]

2021 Fire[]


View of the charred remains of the Cape Girardeau Missouri Stake center, after fire fighters declared the building a total loss on April 18, 2021.

On Sunday Evening, April 18, 2021, the Cape Girardeau Missouri Stake center was consumed by fire.

For the following year, members of the Cape Girardeau Ward in southeast Missouri have been without a permanent home — but the love and support they’ve received from other faiths, and the miracles they’ve seen along the way, have strengthened their ward and increased their resilience. The smoke seemed small at first, but the flames grew, and the water pressure wasn’t enough. The flames started to reach the sky. Soon a crowd had gathered. They couldn’t believe what was happening.[1]

“We stood in the parking lot and watched the church burn, and there were a lot of tears,” remembered Bishop John Fulton, bishop of the Cape Girardeau Ward. “Even the neighborhood came and said what a great influence the church had been on them.” April 18 was Bishop Fulton’s first full Sunday as the new bishop. Hours before the fire, he felt impressed to tell the ward members they needed to be more visible than they were in the greater community around southeast Missouri.

“And now we ARE more visible in the community than we were,” said Bishop Fulton, although it happened in a much different way than anyone imagined. The fire thrust the Church in the area into the news and into the spotlight.

Many other faiths immediately reached out to express condolences and offer support. President Dickson said many asked early on if they could help with raising funds for a new building.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set. The next day, prosecutors charged a 45-year-old man with a hate crime and arson. News reports said he had been homeless for two years and suffered from mental illness.

But while the criminal case moves forward, the ward and stake have worked hard to focus on unity and rebuilding, instead of dwelling on the past.

Cape Girardeau County Home Centered Church Opportunities[]

We teach that true religion begins in the home: "Home Centered / Church Supported". To that end families may consider the following local resources and programs to strengthen your core beliefs and values:

1. Come Follow Me: - Daily & Weekly family gospel study
2. Vanguard Scouting: - Featuring age-appropriate Family Activities, Service, Crafts, Field Trips, & Outdoor Adventures. The Benefits of Scouting are many, and there are lots of personal growth ideas to help your family pursue the new Churchwide Children & Youth Program.
3. LIFE School Curriculum: an LDS gospel based homeschool program that is built on the foundation of the scriptures, giving the child a sense of who he is and setting him on the path of discovering his divine mission. It is presented in a four year chronological rotation, integrating all areas of study to create a clear picture of the history of our world.
4. Family History: Resources to help you explore your family tree

    • Mormon Pioneers - 200+ stories of early faithful Latter-day Saint pioneers.
    • Familypedia - Come help build Missouri's largest Family History online Encyclopedia.

5. Stripling Warriors on Facebook - LDS Children preparing to build Zion and around the world.
6. Local Recreation:

St Louis Temple[]


The St Louis Missouri Temple is the 50th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the first temple built in Missouri. Sitting on a prominent landmark on the North Outer Forty—just west of the city where dozens of trees and shrubs grace the grounds of the temple, creating a stunning tree-lined approach to the entrance, anchored by a tranquil circular water feature. The public is welcome to walk the grounds of the temple to admire the beautifully landscaped gardens and to feel the peace that abides about this holy structure.

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