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Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space

David J. Howlett


The only temple completed by Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith Jr., the Kirtland Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, receives 30,000 Mormon pilgrims every year. Though the site is sacred to all Mormons, the temple's religious significance and the space itself are contested by rival Mormon denominations: its owner, the relatively liberal Community of Christ, and the larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This biography of Kirtland Temple is set against the backdrop of religious rivalry. The two sides have long contested the temple's ownership, purpose, and significance in both the courts and ... More

Keywords: Joseph Smith Jr, Mormonism, Kirtland Temple, Mormon pilgrims, Community of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sacred site, pilgrimage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038488
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Howlett, author
Skidmore College