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LDS congregation's new objective: Increase ranks

WALLKILL, New York — The chapel smells of fresh plaster and paint. It looks brand-new: immaculate carpets and polished pews.But for Scott Ey, who leads this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregation, newness came by ear: two Sundays ago, as he stood at the rostrum to preside over the first worship services in its brand-new chapel.It came from the opening hymn, sung by about 135 people in those brand-new pews, including some Ey hadn't seen in over a year. "There was an echo off the ceiling; I had to stop singing and take it all in," Ey said."It sounded angelic."