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The Kansas City Missouri Temple will be the second in the state, which is rife with Latter-day Saint history.

The Kansas City Missouri Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be formally dedicated May 6, during three dedicatory sessions, according to an announcement Thursday by the church's First Presidency.

Prior to the dedication, the public is invited to tour the temple during a two-week temple open house from April 7 to April 21. Just prior to the dedication, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance May 5.

Once the temple is dedicated, it will be open only to members of the LDS Church who have approval from their ecclesiastical leaders.

The Kansas City Missouri Temple is Missouri's second temple. The first, the St. Louis Temple, was dedicated in 1997. The new temple will serve Latter-day Saints living in an area rich in LDS Church history. The historic site of the Liberty Jail, where LDS Church founder Joseph Smith spent five months awaiting trial and received three revelations that are included in the scriptural Doctrine and Covenants, is just a few miles east of the temple site. It is also close to two cities — Independence and Far West — where early temples were planned but never constructed due to intense persecution in the area at the time.

The new temple site is southwest of the intersection of I-435 and Shoal Creek Parkway. The temple design features two spires, with a golden-leafed angel Moroni statue atop the eastern spire.

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