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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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Tour Guiding, 1959–2012

Tour Guiding, 1959–2012

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Kirtland Temple

David J. Howlett

University of Illinois Press

This chapter argues that the evolution of tour guiding at the Kirtland Temple reflects select and crucial changes within the Community of Christ/Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints denomination over the course of the late twentieth century. Specifically, tour performances offer a window into the historical memories that the church deemed important, show how it desired itself to be known by the wider world, and reflect how the denomination interacted with its competitors and changing allies. The Kirtland Temple tours tell as much about the Community of Christ's general leftward turn in the late twentieth century as they reveal about changing academic knowledge of the Kirtland Temple's past. Indeed, guides constantly were correcting or changing tour content to reflect new understandings of the history and the meaning of the temple.

Keywords:   tour guiding, Kirtland Temple, Community of Christ, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, tour performances, historical memories

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