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Kansas City Missouri Temple dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson

Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012

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KANSAS CITY, MO.

In an area of the United States hallowed by the sacrifices of Latter-day Saints in the late 1830s, President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Kansas City Missouri Temple on May 6, the Church’s 137th operating temple.

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Kansas City Missouri Temple on May 6, the day of dedication.

Clay County, Mo., is one of the most heavy-laden areas of early Mormon history. It was at Liberty, Mo., some six miles slightly northeast of the Kansas temple site, that the Prophet Joseph Smith and several of his Church associates were incarcerated in jail during the winter months of 1838-39.

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Kansas City Missouri Temple, Sunday evening following the dedication.

President Monson, after arriving in Missouri, noted that 170 years have passed since those difficult days in Church history and feelings have softened since then. He commented that a few weeks ago Missouri’s Gov. Jay Nixon attended the open house for the temple and referred to the event and upcoming dedication as “a time of healing.”

President Monson has tender feelings pertaining to the Kansas City Missouri Temple. He announced in the October 2008 general conference that a temple would be built in “the greater Kansas City area.” Ground was broken for the temple on May 8, 2010, by Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy.

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President Thomas S. Monson Watches as Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy assists Sydney Bond in placing mortar in the cornerstone ceremony at Kansas City Missouri Temple dedication.
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President Thomas S. Monson calls on Kansas City Missouri Temple President John W. Hardy, right, to place mortar during the cornerstone ceremony. At center, in blue, is Sister Vicki Walker, wife of Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy.

Having come to Clay County for the dedication of the temple, President Monson remarked that this is “an area where the Prophet Joseph Smith walked and where significant events took place in the early days following the restoration of the gospel.”

Wherever President Monson went while in Kansas City, Latter-day Saints seemed to be ever aware that a prophet, once again, was walking among them.

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The U.S. flag is reflected in one of trowels used to place mortar during cornerstone ceremony at the Kansas City Missouri Temple dedication on May 6.
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Kansas City Missouri Temple, Sunday evening following the dedication.

In addition to presiding over and addressing the dedicatory sessions and a ceremony to seal in place a symbolic cornerstone, President Monson attended a program staged by LDS youth in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium Saturday evening.

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President Thomas S. Monson passes trowel to Elder Jeffery R. Holland during the ceremony to seal the symbolic cornerstone of Kansas City Missouri Temple. Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy is on the left, Sister Patrica Holland, is at the right.
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President Thomas S. Monson shakes hands with and thanks Evelyn Marler for helping place mortar on the cornerstone of Kansas City Missouri Temple. To his "Thank you," she replied, "You're welcome."

He was accompanied at that event by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder William R. Walker of the Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Temple Department.

On Sunday morning, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve joined with President Monson and others for the dedication. Patricia Holland, Diane Hallstrom and Vicki Walker accompanied their husbands.

President Monson apparently enjoyed being among Latter-day Saints while in Kansas City. After the cultural program on Saturday evening, he detoured from the car waiting for him and walked a short distance down the block to shake hands and converse with a group of people who had gathered in hopes of catching a glimpse of him.

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President Thoms S. Monson waves to members as he leaves the cornerstone area of Kansas City Missouri Temple on the day of its dedication.
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Kansas City Missouri Temple, Sunday evening following the dedication.

On Sunday morning as he left the area where the cornerstone ceremony was held, he shook hands with several members. He seemed to enjoy especially interacting with young children.

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President Thomas S. Monson pauses to shake hands with members as he leaves the cornerstone area of Kansas City Missouri Temple on the day of its dedication.

After the dedication ceremonies concluded Sunday afternoon, President Monson stopped to visit with people who lined the sidewalk in hopes of getting a chance to shake his hand. He talked with several of them and exchanged “high fives” with many young children.

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Kansas City Missouri Temple, Sunday evening following the dedication.
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Kansas City Missouri Temple, Sunday evening following the dedication.