Church History Photos

9. Kirtland Temple

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The Kirtland Temple is located in Kirtland, Ohio.

Significant Events: The Kirtland Temple was the first temple built in this dispensation (D&C 88:119; 95). In this temple, Joseph Smith saw a vision of the celestial kingdom (D&C 137). It was dedicated on March 27, 1836 (D&C 109). On April 3, 1836, the Savior appeared and accepted the temple as a place in which He would reveal His word to His people (D&C 110:1–10). Following this appearance, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received visits from Moses, Elias, and Elijah, all of whom gave them certain priesthood keys and important information (D&C 110:11–16). This temple served the Saints for some two years before they had to flee Kirtland because of persecution.