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Temple History

The Kansas City Missouri Temple is the 137th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The distinctive double towers of the Kansas City Missouri Temple rise majestically over I-435 in Kansas City's Northland, just west of the Liberty Jail Historic Site in Liberty, Missouri. A meetinghouse (Stake center for Liberty Missouri Stake), constructed at the same time as the temple, stands to the south. Numerous trees and brightly colored flowers fill the inviting grounds, which are open to the public.


The Kansas City Missouri Temple was the second temple built in Missouri, following the St. Louis Missouri Temple (1997), though temple sites were dedicated in the 1830s for temples that were not constructed in Independence, Far West, and Adam-ondi-Ahman.

The location of the Kansas City Missouri Temple site was announced at the Liberty Missouri Stake Conference on Sunday, October 12, 2008.

On March 24, 2011, large crowds gathered to the Kansas City Missouri Temple to witness the raising of the gold-leafed angel Moroni statue atop the eastern tower. The two towers and the finial of the western tower had been installed the three days prior.

Beautiful white oak harvested from Adam-ondi-Ahman was used throughout the interior of the Kansas City Missouri Temple.

Nearly 91,000 people toured the Kansas City Missouri Temple during its public open house. Because of the high number of reservations made for tour times, the open house was extended an additional week.

The Kansas City Missouri Temple won the PCI Design Award for Best Religious Structure in 2012. PCI stands for the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.


Temple District

The Kansas City Missouri Temple serves members from 16 stakes headquartered in Western Missouri, Northeastern Kansas, and Northwestern Arkansas:

Western Missouri

Far West Missouri Stake Independence Missouri Stake Joplin Missouri Stake Kansas City Missouri Stake Liberty Missouri Stake Monett Missouri Stake Platte City Missouri Stake Springfield Missouri Stake Springfield Missouri South Stake Warrensburg Missouri Stake

Northeastern Kansas

  1. Lenexa Kansas Stake
  2. Olathe Kansas Stake
  3. Salina Kansas Stake
  4. Topeka Kansas Stake

Northwestern Arkansas

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  1. Bentonville Arkansas Stake
  2. Rogers Arkansas Stake


Presidents

  1. Wayne K. Miller 2018–
  2. Dennis H. Karpowitz 2015–2018
  3. John W. Hardy 2011–2015

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Kansas City Temple

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The Kansas City Missouri Temple is the 137th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the second temple built in Missouri. The temple's distinctive double towers rise tall over I-435 in Kansas City's Northland, just west of the Liberty Jail Historic Site in Liberty, Missouri. A meetinghouse, constructed at the same time as the temple, stands to the south. Numerous trees and brightly colored flowers fill the inviting grounds, which are open to the public.

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