Built 175 years ago, Ohio Church members observe Kirtland Temple anniversary

More than 800 members from stakes in northern Ohio gathered between two sessions at the Kirtland Temple and adjoining visitors center on Sunday, March 27, to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. (The temple was dedicated on that date in 1836.) They were joined by officials of the Community of Christ Historic Foundation. At the invitation of Community of Christ, which owns the temple, local LDS Church leaders also participated in their dedication commemoration, held separately that same day.

"We are grateful to Community of Christ," said Kirtland stake patriarch Karl Ricks Anderson in his opening remarks, "for their generosity and willingness to so freely share this sacred temple and allow us to meet here today. They are always warm to visitors."

The five speakers at each session framed the event in historic and spiritual context, describing danger and poverty facing the saints in Kirtland, the outpouring of the Spirit that followed the temple dedication, and the orderly conveyance of priesthood keys from Moses, Elias and Elijah.

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