Independence Visitors’ Center
The Lord has designated Independence, Missouri, as “the center place” of Zion (D&C 57:3). Amid various places of worship, a Latter-day Saint visitors’ center stands there now—a place to learn about faith, sacrifice, and Heavenly Father’s eternal plan.
Increase your understanding of a subject that is often misunderstood: the temple lot in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
Learn about Latter-day Saints’ early journeys to Ohio and Missouri and later to Iowa and Illinois.
Gain a clearer picture of early Church history. Examine the Church’s growth and challenges in Ohio and Missouri from 1830 to 1839.
Explore places of revelation, adversity, gathering, and memorial for Latter-day Saints in Missouri.
Early revelations on Zion indicated it would include “the rich and the learned” but also “the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf.” Ultimately, all of God’s children were to have a seat at the same table. All were to share in God’s sacred space.
In late 1838, thousands of Latter-day Saints were expelled from their homes in Missouri. Writings of Albert Perry Rockwood, Franklin D. Richards, and Elizabeth Haven reveal how the Latter-day Saint refugees dealt with tragedy and maintained family ties in the midst of a maelstrom. They also show the kindness of strangers who helped Church members to recover from the trauma of the Missouri expulsion.
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