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.”