All posts tagged: Nauvoo

What happens next week when tours begin under new LDS management?

What happens next week when tours begin under new LDS management?

[ad_1] (RNS) — Many people were stunned by the news earlier this month that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had purchased several key historic buildings in Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois, from Community of Christ, the second-largest Latter-day Saints denomination, which was, until 2001, called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Chief among these properties was the Kirtland Temple, built by early members of the church in the mid-1830s while they settled in northern Ohio before continuing their westward migration. After announcement of the sale, many people raised questions about what changes the LDS Church might make to the temple and what the popular tours of the site would be like going forward. In Salt Lake City last week, I sat down with Matt Grow, managing director of the Church History Department, to get answers. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. – JKR Matt Grow, managing director of the Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo courtesy of Matt Grow …

Kirtland Temple purchased by LDS church for 2.5 million

Kirtland Temple purchased by LDS church for $192.5 million

[ad_1] (RNS) — In a stunning announcement Tuesday afternoon (March 5), Community of Christ — a Midwestern denomination that traces its founding to Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr. — said it has sold the Kirtland, Ohio, temple that was the first temple for either denomination.  The transfer, effective Tuesday, included not just the nearly 200-year-old temple but several other major properties, including: The Smith Family Homestead, the Mansion House and the Red Brick Store, all in Nauvoo, Illinois. The Joseph Smith Translation manuscripts for Smith’s translation of the Bible. The “Caractors” document of the Book of Mormon translation. A door from the Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith was once imprisoned. Letters and portraits of Joseph and Emma Smith. The only major historic property seemingly omitted from the sale is the Smith Family Cemetery in Nauvoo, which will remain in the custody of Community of Christ. “The sale price of $192.5 million USD reflects an agreement between Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after an extended period of conversation and …