However, a 51-year-old man described by deputies as a 6-foot-2, 250-pound regular at the ward sat down where he usually did, which happened to be within the reserved area.
Confronted by the first man, whose family reportedly did not regularly attend at Meadows Ward, the second man refused to move. Words were exchanged and then the sacrament meeting Mormons' weekly worship service began and things quieted down, for a while.
"After the sacrament meeting, more words were exchanged, and there was a confrontation between the individuals out in the parking lot and the 51-year-old man ended up punching the victim," Lowther said on Tuesday.
But the story didn't end there.
Lowther said the victim went back inside to clean off the blood on his face then he went back outside.
"That's where the stories kind of differ, but the suspect apparently was driving away and [allegedly] swerved toward the victim, who jumped up onto the hood, he said, to lessen the impact with the car," Lowther said. "The suspect exited his vehicle and again confronted the victim, but other churchgoers restrained him."
The suspect, who was being held in the bishop's office when deputies arrived, was booked into Weber County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.