The First Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Independence was organized in 1873. Joseph Smith III on April 6th, 1888 laid the cornerstone of this cut sandstone building.
August 3, 1831, Joseph Smith Jr. Prophet and Founder of the Church of Christ, with seven other church leaders, dedicated this site for the Temple in the city of Zion, where this church believe the Lord will come to his people in the last days.
This is across the street from the Independence Temple.
The Temple in Independence, Missouri, is a house of worship and education “dedicated to the pursuit of peace”. It dominates the skyline of Independence, Missouri, USA, and has become the focal point of the headquarters of the Community of Christ (formerly, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). The temple was built by the Community of Christ in response to a revelation presented to their 1984 World Conference by church prophet-president Wallace B. Smith. The revelation culminated instructions shared over the course of more than 150 years by prior prophet-presidents recognized by the Community of Christ. Groundbreaking for the temple took place Friday 6 April 1990, and the completed structure was dedicated on Sunday 17 April 1994.