Church of Christ - Temple Lot, Independence

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The Temple Lot, located in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, is the first site to be dedicated for the construction of a temple in the Latter Day Saint movement. The area was dedicated on Wednesday, August 3, 1831 by the movement's founder, Joseph Smith, Jr., and purchased on December 19, 1831 by his colleague Edward Partridge to be the center of the New Jerusalem or "City of Zion" after he received a revelation stating that it would be the gathering spot of the Saints during the Last Days.
The most prominent 2.5-acre section of the Temple Lot is currently an open, grass-covered field occupied in its northeast corner by a few trees and the headquarters of the Church of Christ (Temple Lot), which is not considered a temple by adherents of that sect. No other structures (with the exception of monuments, markers and signposts) exist on the 2.5-acre section, although numerous important structures exist on the 63.5-acre section, such as the United Nations Peace Plaza, the Community of Christ Auditorium, the Truman Railroad Depot, the LDS Visitors Center, the Community of Christ Temple, an LDS Church stake center, and the Six Nations Tree of Peace.
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  • A very kind elderly gentleman answered all of our questions and explained a lot about his church's beliefs and why this property is so important to them. Saw the original stones placed by Joseph...  more »
  • Very Unique Temple. When we went in the gentleman at the desk wasn't overly friendly but when we went into the museum the girl that was in there was very kind and friendly! it was interesting to...  more »
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  • Great big unicorn horn right in the middle of town that no one comes to see
  • It's a joy to visit authentic history. The Church of Christ does a fine job of maintaining the property, and the staff in the visitor's center is courteous and friendly.

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