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Coordinates: 39°13′12.96″N 94°30′3.15″W / 39.2202667°N 94.5008750°W / 39.2202667; -94.5008750

Kansas City Missouri Temple
Temple in June 2012
Temple in June 2012
Number 137 edit data
Dedicated May 6, 2012 (May 6, 2012) by
Thomas S. Monson
Site 8.07 acres (3.3 hectares)
Floor area 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m2)
Preceded by Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple
Followed by Manaus Brazil Temple
Official websiteNews & images

The Kansas City Missouri Temple is the 137th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is the first to be built in the Greater Kansas City area. Previous attempts at building an LDS temple in the area failed in Independence in 1833 and Far West in 1838, after church founder Joseph Smith had selected and dedicated locations for their construction. A temple was completed in Independence in 1994 by the Community of Christ, which is not affiliated with the LDS Church.


Announcement and constructionEdit

The announcement of the new temple was made on October 4, 2008, during the church's 178th Semiannual general conference by LDS Church president Thomas S. Monson. When the announcement was made, Monson did not specify whether the temple would be constructed in Kansas or Missouri.[5] However, a later press release confirmed that the temple would be built in the Shoal Creek development in Clay County, Missouri.[6] This was the second temple of the LDS Church built in Missouri, after the St. Louis Missouri Temple.

The Kansas City Missouri Temple was announced concurrently with the Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Calgary Alberta, Córdoba Argentina and Rome Italy temples.

On October 22, 2009, the Kansas City Council approved The Meadows at Searcy Creek First Plat, the subdivision of the Shoal Creek development where the temple is located. The plat includes the lot for a church meetinghouse as well as the temple.[7] Site work in the development, including acquiring property for the future temple, commenced in late October. The official groundbreaking for the temple took place on May 8, 2010; attendance was by invitation only.[8]

Open house and dedicationEdit

The temple was opened to the public for an open house between April 7–28, 2012.[9] Among the visitors were Missouri governor Jay Nixon and Kansas governor Sam Brownback, who were given a private tour on April 5, 2012. Both governors presented proclamations to the LDS Church congratulating them on the completion of the temple.[10] Over 92,000 people toured the temple. People from 47 states and 11 countries attended the open house.

On May 5, 2012, church members between the ages of 12 and 18 who resided in the new temple district staged a cultural performance at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in celebration of the completion of the temple. The following day, May 6, 2012, the temple was dedicated by Thomas S. Monson.[11]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kansas City Missouri Temple Open House and Dedication Dates Announced". Newsroom (News Release). LDS Church. January 19, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "Open house dates are extended for Kansas City Missouri Temple". Church News. April 6, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Mikita, Carole (October 4, 2008). "LDS Church plans temples in Rome, 4 other locations". Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  4. ^ Burnes, Brian (May 8, 2010). "Groundbreaking planned for Mormon temple in Northland" (NewsBank paywall). The Kansas City Star. p. A5. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Dougherty, James M (October 5, 2008). "Rome LDS temple, four others announced". Deseret News. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "News Story", Newsroom, LDS Church, October 7, 2008, retrieved October 15, 2012 |contribution= ignored (help)
  7. ^ "Ordinance 090883", Kansas City Council Record, Office of the City Clerk of Kansas City, October 22, 2009, retrieved October 15, 2012
  8. ^ Burnes, Brian (May 8, 2010). "Groundbreaking planned for Mormon temple in Northland" (NewsBank paywall). The Kansas City Star. p. A5. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Temple Square Events",, LDS Church, retrieved October 15, 2012 |contribution= ignored (help)
  10. ^ "News Story", Newsroom, LDS Church, April 9, 2012, retrieved May 10, 2012 |contribution= ignored (help)
  11. ^ "Kansas City Missouri Temple dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson", Church News, May 6, 2012, retrieved October 15, 2012

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