Missouri LDS Sites

by Matt Slick

Following are some of the pictures from the Trip to EMNR in 2011 (Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, emnr.org) that was held in Kansas City, MO.  A bunch of us got in a couple of cars and drove the sites as they relate to Mormonism.

 

On the left is Joel who is from irr.org.  The girl on the right is a Mormon missionary.  We were at the location of a jail reconstruction that showed where Joseph Smith was once incarcerated.

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Inside the jail.  Joseph Smith is at the far left.

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The Community of Christ (COC) Temple.  This offshoot of Mormonism was once called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS).  It has about 250,000 members worldwide.  It claims to be the true church founded by Joseph Smith.

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Across the street from the COC Temple is this plaque.  It is supposed to be the location of a temple that Joseph Smith proclaimed would be built there--and to where Jesus would return.  But, the Temple was never built, and the land is owned by a group other than the COC and LDS churches.

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That's right.  Jesus is supposed to return to this spot--the very spot across the street from the COC temple.

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This is Bill McKeever (mrm.org).  He is one of the most knowledgeable persons regarding Mormonism there is.  Bill drove us around the different sites in the area and explained the significance of the various locations.

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This plaque isn't a big deal. However, it is located next to the Community of Christ Temple, so we thought we'd take a picture.

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This is Sandra Tanner (utlm.org). She is also extremely knowledgeable about Mormonism and has produced countless books and pamphlets (along with her late husband Gerald) exposing the problems of Mormonism.

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Unlike the Temples in Mormonism, nonmembers of the Community of Christ are allowed to enter the Temple and take tours.

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This is the view looking up from inside the temple of the Community of Christ.

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A replica of the Book of Mormon plates. I'm not sure where it was taken, but I believe it was at the Community of Christ Museum.

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This is the plaque at the site of the Hahns Mill Massacre where many Mormons were killed in retaliation for an officer in the U.S. Army who had been brutally beaten and left for dead by some Mormon men.

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There is nothing left at the site of Hahn's Mill.  A few of us meandered around, and all we could see were the trees and this creek (Keith Walker is second from left. Eric Johns of mrm is in Red. I'm on the far right).

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Believe it or not, this Valley in western Missouri, according to Joseph Smith, is the location where Adam and Eve went to after they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden is nearby in another county. I don't know if the Mormon church knows exactly where it is.

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The Valley where Adam and Eve went to after they were expelled from the Garden of Eden is shown in the background.

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We took a tour around the outskirts of the valley and came upon this "altar." The members of our group discussed it since there was some talk that Joseph Smith might have stated that this was an altar of the Lamanites, one of the groups of people from Israel who supposedly arrived in this continent around 400 BC.

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Here we are on the tourist area looking out at the Valley.

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This is Far West.  The Monument, about 12 feet high, explained what this place was about. It is yet another location where Joseph Smith said a Temple was supposed to be built but never was.

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This is Jesse James' grave.  His wife's name was "Zerelda"??????  Could this explain his wayword behavior?

 

 

 

 
 
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