Kansas City Missouri Temple
In the early days of the Church, Latter-day Saints attempted to build two temples in Missouri—one in Independence, Missouri, and one farther north in Far West. Both attempts failed due to persecution against the Mormons. Currently, there is one functioning temple in St. Louis, Missouri. Church members are now found in every major city in the Midwest. Kansas City's first stake was established in 1956. Today there are approximately 100,000 members in Missouri and Kansas organized into 21 stakes (LDS Newsroom, October, 2008).
The public was invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 7 April 2012, until Saturday, 21 April 2012, excluding Sundays. During the open house, there is no charge to tour the temple, but tickets could be obtained from kansascitymormontemple.org.
The temple was scheduled to be formally dedicated on Sunday, 6 May 2012, in three sessions. The dedicatory sessions are broadcast to congregations of the Church within the temple district. Those in the temple district who witness the dedicatory sessions via closed circuit television do so in selected meetinghouses, and through an interview with their bishop or one of his counselors to determine their worthiness, present a conditional recommend to do so.
In conjunction with the dedication of the temple, a cultural celebration featuring music and dance was scheduled for Saturday, 5 May 2012, and held at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
The address of the Kansas City Missouri Temple is 7001 Searcy Creek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri, United States.
A Time of Healing Mormon History
Guests at the open house of the Kansas City Mormon Temple included Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his wife, Georganne, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Supreme Court justices and government officials from both states, religious, education, civic, business and entertainment leaders and members of local, regional and national media.
- At the conclusion of the tour, Governor Nixon stood, extended his hand to Elder [William] Walker and very warmly said, “On behalf of the six million people of the state of Missouri, I’d like to express our appreciation at your church’s commitment to building a place of such physical and inspirational significance. We are pleased and honored that you have done so. It’s a truly historic moment.” The Governor continued, “The people of Missouri have not always treated your people as they should have. This is not only a tremendous accomplishment for you, but is a time of healing for us.” He expressed his wish that Elder Walker convey to Church leadership in Salt Lake City and also Church congregations that Missouri extends congratulations and a heartfelt welcome. 
The governors of both Missouri and Kansas presented official proclamations to Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy of the LDS Church, who guided them on their temple tour.
- The Kansas Proclamation spoke of the early history and accomplishments of Latter-day Saints in Kansas, including the story of the Mormon Battalion. The proclamation ended with this statement: “I, Sam Brownback, Governor of the State of Kansas, do hereby acknowledge and warmly commend the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the construction of this magnificent temple, for their dedication to religious liberty, for their deep spiritual conviction, all of which provide a valuable contribution to the people and families of the great state of Kansas.” The Missouri proclamation was also complimentary towards the Church and expressed appreciation for the contributions members have made to Missouri throughout the years. 
The location of the temple is in northwest Missouri, near Liberty, where Prophet Joseph Smith and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ were incarcerated during the winter of 1838-'39. (See Liberty Jail.) An extermination order had been issued by then Governor Liburn Boggs against the Mormons, and they were violently driven out of Missouri during a bitter winter, seeking solace wherever it was granted, especially in Quincy, Illinois. The Church did not officially establish a presence in Kansas and Missouri again until the turn of the century.
- To read the official proclamations, click here.
- An Episcopal Priest attended the Kansas City Missouri Temple open house. Read her impressions.