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Kirtland TempleThe Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space$
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David J. Howlett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038488

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038488.001.0001

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Reforming Identities, Reframing Pilgrimage, 1900–1965

Reforming Identities, Reframing Pilgrimage, 1900–1965

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Kirtland Temple
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David J. Howlett

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038488.003.0004

This chapter narrates Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' interactions at the sacred shrine from 1900 to 1964. The sometimes awkward early twentieth-century meetings between these two groups set the patterns for later interactions at the temple. A rich folklore about the temple was generated by the two competing denominations, and they shared in disseminating tales to one another. In the process, they reconstructed the Kirtland Temple's history to meet their present denomination's needs. In many ways, the Kirtland Temple proved to be a mirror for these groups, reflecting the image of the beholder. That the other group could not see the same image proved an obvious point of contention. At the same time, the temple began to be more physically accessible to members of both churches as an American tourist industry arose that would transform pilgrimage to the temple.

Keywords:   Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sacred shrine, folklore, Kirtland Temple, American tourist industry, pilgrimage

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