Comments about ‘LDS Church buys farmland, Haun's Mill, Far West, Kirtland property from Community of Christ’

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Published: Saturday, May 5 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, July 17 2016 12:22 a.m. MDT

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Diligent Dave
Logan, UT

Wonderful news. One has heard, over the years, of the financial difficulties of the Community of Christ (former Reorganized LDS Church). The LDS Church has the better means to secure these historic sites. Kudos to the RLDS (CC) for taking a good stewardship for this very long time, and for conveying them to the LDS Church at this time.

cambodia girl
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I'm grateful that the church has these locations in it's possession because they will be maintained with the utmost care. I'm grateful to the Community of Christ church that kept the land for us to visit for so many years. All around it's a win/win situation.

ex patria cougar
Tokyo, Japan

Sadly ironic that the sign pictured with this article at the Haun's Mill site is all shot up. I'm grateful to the Community of Christ Church for being willing to sell the property. These sites certainly merit preservation.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Despite its tragic history, Haun's Mill is a peaceful pastoral place where the main background sound is that of frogs croaking in the nearby creek. I hope farming is maintained there, and that quiet atmosphere my cousin and I experienced when we visited it will remain.

Charlotte, NC

This is exciting news. I hope someday soon that the Community of Christ will sell the rest of their property in Kirkland (including the Temple) and Nauvoo. They have distanced themselves from the restoration of the Church to the point that these properties just don't mean to them what they mean to the LDS.

KTC John
Wetumpka, AL

Could this be a prelude to the eventual acquisition of the Kirtland Temple, among other historical sites and documents owned by the seller?


Not exactly news in Independence, where the announcement was made some weeks ago. I personally think that this is a win-win situation for both churches. It gives Community of Christ something like $41 million to spend on more pressing needs and puts these historic sites (not to be confused with the Kirtland Temple and Joseph Smith properties in Nauvoo) in the hands of a body that can afford to save them and develop them.

Florissant, MO

I have to chuckle a little, was talking to someone the other day and she told me she was in a meeting where they said that the church had purchased three sites in the Kansas City MO area for temple sites. Sometimes we hear what we think we hear, and it isn't quite right. I am happy that the Community of Christ church and the LDS church have a friendly relationship and that they are willing to sell to the LDS church. There are only two churches that have a reverence and respect for these properties, especially Hauns Mill, and both these churches do not want to disrupt the true value of these places. If they Community of Christ church had sold to a developer, then what is now farmland and a sacred place where lives were lost, would turn into a mall or something.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is great news. Hauns mill has been part of my history since my gggrandfather Josiah Hammer and gguncle York were killed and their bodies were thrown down the well. Now we can find the site easier. Thanks

Pocatello, ID

Yes, thank you CC. I didn't realize that the LDS church did not own those properties. I know that they will be carefully cared for and generations to come can study the events that took place there and visit in reverence.

Logan, UT

I too am so glad that the Community of Christ Church has taken such good care of these properties and has been respectful of what these sites mean. Glad that the Church did purchase them.


Why do we 6,000 acres of farmland (and not 600)?

A Scientist
Provo, UT

The LDS Church sure has a lot of money.

Glendora, CA

As a convert, with no direct lineage to the pioneers, I still have great reverence for their sacrifices, in order for me to have the Gospel in my life.
These purchases are monies well-spent. It will remain as a testiment to the world of the church's dire beginnings, with injustices in this great nation.

Salt Lake City, UT

Dear Provo Scientist - If you claim to be a scientist, say scientific things, not supercilious things.

blue springs, MO

i first want to say....good.... then, i know one of the leadership of the community of christ church and he stated 4 years ago over and over and over 'my church will never sell your church haun's mill or any property !'....hello. i am glad the church was able to acquire the land. i want to be mature and not say what i want to say. should i be good ? guess i had better be good.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: A Scientist Provo, UT
"The LDS Church sure has a lot of money."

Yes, it is an example of industry and prudent financial wisdom. Those who understand interest earn it while those who don't will always be poor and pay it.

The United States would do well to follow the financial example of the LDS Church and then the federal government would also have "a lot of money".

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

A Scientist,

I believe you have a right to earn and spend money as you want- whether spending it yourself or through an extension of your beliefs. I wouldn't criticize your right to own and control your own property, so I expect the same courtesy. I can reasonably induce from your previous comments (as you are a frequent critic of the church), that your comment here is also implying some sort of criticism. By all means, the LDS Church buying land that is relevant to LDS History and is of great importance to the membership that funds the church- that the LDS Church has done nothing wrong here.

If you have something productive to say, positive, or helpful- I and I believe others here would welcome it. But a constant barrage of pessimism, criticism, and even insults- no matter how you justify it to yourself, it isn't welcome, it isn't right, and it can't withstand a perfect judgement.

Surely, if you examined how much time you spend criticizing the LDS Church on here- you would see how better you could have spent your time. Here's a reasonable scientific question. What does your criticism produce?

Saint George, UT

Thank You Rifleman for making a point that I would have said myself. The church teaches frugality and prudence and wise stewardship. It is a great example to follow and our nation would be better if ALL would learn from these lessons, ESPECIALLY our government, but they have a completely different agenda.

mcallen, tx

makes me happy to hear of this passing of the torch. hopeful of more to come.

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