The Kirtland Temple
is a National Historic Landmark
in Kirtland, Ohio
, on the eastern edge of the Cleveland
metropolitan area. Owned and operated by the Community of Christ
, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), the house of worship was the first temple
to be built by the Latter Day Saint movement
. The design mixes Federal, Greek Revival and Gothic Revival architectural styles. Chiat, Marilyn, North American Churches
, Publishers International, Ltd.: 2004, p. 71.
Each year tens of thousands take tours of the temple.Laurie Williams Sowby (5 September 2009). . Church News
published by Deseret News Publishing Corporation. Last accessed 27 January 2009. Members of various Latter Day Saint denominations also travel to the temple where the Community of Christ allows them to hold 50 to 60 worship services and educational events each year. There are also community Thanksgiving
service, Christmas Eve
, and Holy Week
services that are held at the Temple each year.
A new Spiritual Formation and Visitor's center has been constructed and opened by the Community of Christ. This center, opened in March 2007 and dedicated on 9 June 2007, enhances the worship, educational, and administrative ministries of the Temple by providing classroom space, worship space, a multi-use theater and offices.
The center features the Kirtland Temple Museum
with historical and contemporary exhibits relating... Read More