Kirtland Temple encourages cooperation between religious groups

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  • utah_native Painesville, Ohio
    July 9, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    I have lived near Kirtland for 9 years, although I grew up in Utah. It is amazing to be so close to this wonderful temple and all of the other historical church history sites. My family and I had the opportunity to take part in and sing at the birthday celebration in the temple for Emma Smith last year. I have also had several opportunities to participate in firesides, commemorations, and church meetings in the temple. There is an amazing spirit there, and it is just incredible to be in that building that was built with so much sacrifice on the part of the Kirtland Saints. It does not matter to me who owns the building - there is a great relationship between the LDS Church and the Community of Christ, and they do a great job of maintaining the historical integrity of the building.

  • dougmathtx Austin, TX
    July 2, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Um, Emma Smith was born 1804, so last year's celebration would have been the 207th anniversary of her birth -- not the 275th. Does anyone fact check these pieces?

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    July 1, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    It really is awesome to see this team work. Recently they sold three areas to the church, they did this because they knew they could trust the church to love and respect these places as they do. We have to agree to disagree on what we believe, but agree with and share a love for the rich history and preservation of that by both churches.

  • CalinCA Fountain Valley, CA
    July 1, 2012 7:34 p.m.

    I too visited the Kirtland Temple, now maintained and owned by the Community of Christ (RLDS). I was very impressed with how they maintained the property. I did feel the Spirit once, when the tour guide was reading a portion of the dedicatory prayer. It was awesome.

    The C of C Bookstore was interesting, but I had to laugh when I saw them selling liquor shot glasses for souvenirs with an impression of the Kirtland Temple on it. Should have bought one.

  • hc1951 Bend, OR
    July 1, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven" :-)

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    June 30, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    When I visited the site one time (I have been there on several different occasions) I remarked to a tour guide "While we will likely never agree on theology, thank you for preserving the building." Then I spent some money in the C of C bookstore for a couple of items. I have always enjoyed each of my visits to the site, especially since I realize that some of my ancestors lived in Kirtland in the 1830's.

  • Terrie Bittner Warminster, PA
    June 30, 2012 1:04 p.m.

    I toured it last summer. The tour guide was very good and could give the Doctrine and Covenants references for my version. (They number them differently.) I had some questions about his faith and he answered them politely. I was not arguing, just asking about some things I had wondered about as I prepared for the visit by visiting their website to read how they viewed that time period and then reviewing how my faith saw it. Everyone was helpful to us. They showed my husband how to get the best shots for his history website and fetched the author of a book I was interested in so I could meet him.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    June 30, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    I to have visited this great building with a tour group a few years ago. A very special experience as our group was allowed to be on the first floor without the tour guide when we sang The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning, not a dry eye in the crowd as we felt the wonderful spirit with us at that time. What a blessing to have it maintained so that we can participate in this special spirit.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    June 30, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    I had a chance years ago to visit the Kirtland Temple. I was inspiring and pleasant. The Community of Christ (aka RLDS) group has done a commendable job preserving the building and the site. My compliments and thanks to them.