Kirtland Temple
A National Historic Landmark

Kirtland Temple History

1845-1880: A Time of Transition


1860’s Image of the Temple with Corn Rows
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Several of the church leaders contended for the presidency of the Latter Day Saint Church after the death of the Joseph Smith Jr. The few Latter Day Saints that chose to remain in Kirtland, soon found themselves hosting a variety of different leaders and followings of the Latter Day Saint movement. Sidney Rigdon led a small group to Pennsylvania, returning to Kirtland for a short period to once again speak from the temple pulpits in 1845. Followers of James Strang, James Colin Brewster, Zadoc Brooks, William McLellin worshipped in the temple from 1845 through the 1860’s. Martin Harris continued to give tours of the temple until 1869.
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An Early Image of the Upper Court
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