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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acquires buildings, manuscripts, Kirtland Temple from Community of Christ

Mar 5, 2024, 1:48 PM | Updated: Mar 6, 2024, 3:52 pm

The Kirtland Temple pictured, which was bought by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...

The Kirtland Temple was the first temple built by the Saints in the latter days. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday that it has taken ownership of the Kirtland Temple and several other historic buildings and artifacts from the Community of Christ.

According to a statement from the church, the acquisition includes the Kirtland Temple in Ohio, and buildings in Nauvoo, Illinois.

The historic Kirtland Temple was dedicated in 1836. It was “the first temple built by the Saints in the latter days,” according to the church.

In Nauvoo, the newly acquired buildings include Joseph Smith’s family Homestead, Mansion House and Red Brick Store.

The buildings included in the purchase closed to the public on Tuesday. The church said it would reopen the buildings on March 25 and offer free public tours.

Besides the buildings, the church also purchased documents like letters from Joseph Smith to his wife and artifacts like the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House.

“We are deeply honored to assume the stewardship of these sacred places, documents, and artifacts,” said Russell M. Nelson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the church’s statement.

According to the church, the acquisition highlights its “long-standing effort to preserve religious and cultural heritage.”

The purchase comes after years of discussion, the release said.

“This exchange of assets is significant for our church,” said Stephen M. Veazey, president of Community of Christ, in a statement.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acquires buildings, manuscripts, Kirtland Temple from Community of Christ