This is great news. when I visited the place a few years ago I thought it could
use some maintenance and repair. It will be nice to see the events that
happened there have an emphasis for tourists and Church history students.
"conferred the Aaronic Priesthood on them that day (May 15, 1929)"Gee guys, you're only off by a hundred years!
I hope to make this visit some day.
"Kirkland", OH. Hmmmm what city is that?
to the sharp readers who picked up on the errors, thank you. someone has
corrected the priesthood date, but not the typo - it is of course Kirtland Ohio.
Maybe someone was focused on doing the wash with a Kirkland appliance.
This makes me a bit sad. Having visited this spot many times, I love the quiet
serenity. Parking lots full of tour buses and people will take that all away.
fowersjl | 7:03 a.m. April 22, 2011 If it is done anything like Sharron
Vermont you will not even notice the buses
Wow! We are excited! We served a mission at Susquehanna Pa (3 miles from the
site in 2004 & 05. Hope to go back for the dedication.
This is great news, but this article contained so many errors in grammar,
punctuation, and spelling that it was almost unreadable.
It's Kirtland, Ohio. Someone needs to be careful while editing and
I hope the Church will soon purchase the Kirtland Temple. Why hasn't this
happened yet? I'm sure the Church of Christ (current owners of the building)
are cash-strapped and would be open to a deal? I'm just sayin'
The train tracks which must be crossed to access the baptismal site on the
Susquehanna River detract from the serenity. Hopefully something esthetic can
be done to hid the tracks.
CT98, According to Brother Karl Ricks Anderson the reason why the Church
of Christ has the Kirtland Temple s because the Lord gave the building to them.
If The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were to purchase it there
would be one group of people who would want to preserve it as an open tour site,
and another group that would want it turned into a functioning temple. One
could not blame the saitns in Kirtland, Erie Pennsylvania and Cleveland for
wanting the latter, but many people both in the Church and outside would be
outraged if it was not kept as an open site for tourists. As Joseph Smith
learned in running his store, there are times when it is easier for the Church
just not to do certain things.This development does not surprise me.
The recent purchase of the 10 acres seemed to indicate this was likely. I also
had heard of missionaries being sent to this site with at least one of their
responsibilities being to gauge the level of visitiors.
BrentBot, Actually I would disagree that train tracks are unaesthetic. I think the bigger issues are noise and disrupted traffic flow. Both
of these would be solved by creating a tunnel under the train tracks. I have
not been there, so I am not sure that it is a surface intersection, but if it is
than making it not a surface intersection seems wise, otherwise the train has to
very loadly blow its horn as it approaches.The train is not all bad
though. In theory if enough people start coming it would be possible for
Amtrack to set up a train station there and then people could come to tour by
train instead of by bus. I do not know if Amtrack currently even runs on tat
line, but it is how things would work in an ideal world.
@JPL of MichiganRegardless of who owns the Kirtland Temple, I don't
see it being "turned into a working Temple" by anyone. It is
currently used as a place of history for visitors of all faiths and also as a
meeting house for the current owners. It isn't necessary that it be a Temple
and it isn't built as such. It was extremely important to fulfill certain
events in history, which occured one week after it's dedication in 1836.
Mission accomplished. While the Latter-Day Saints don't own it, it has been
preserved by the Community of Christ and the LDS people are welcome when they
visit. Why not be grateful for that?Personally, I'd like to see the
LDS Church purchase the red brick store in Nauvoo, too, but once again, they are
welcome to visit. We don't have to own everything, do we? I think not.Regarding the train tracks; they and the fence next to them seem to
protect a bit the sacred site at the river. I expect a foot bridge will be
built that goes over them. No biggie.
How exciting! I have always hoped that the church would do this. So many
critically important events happened there. I do enjoy the serenity of the place
but it will be much nicer after it gets fixed up so more people can enjoy it. I
hope they build a bridge over the tracks. As it is now, getting to the river is
a bit of a trick (and not all that safe). I am REALLY looking forward to this.
Ct98, I don't think the Kirtland Temple is for sale. The Community of Christ
recently built a big, beautiful visitors center. It doesn't appear they have any
plans to let it go.
I think of winter quarters back here in Nebraska. The city of Omaha was very
gracious to the church in the acquistion of the winter quarters cememtary. With
the replica of the Kanesville Tabernacle in Council Bluffs,IA Im impressed that
the church has done what it can back here to acquire what it can as far as
properties that are history and spiritual significance. One time when I was as
the Kanesville tabernacle property sitting on one of the benches taking in the
spirit and all of the sudden I had to come back to the real world. Someone was
placing there order next door at the drive thrh at Taco Bell.
I am sure the church will do the best it can to make it like it should. If it
somewhat like Nauvoo it will be great!
As a member of the church, lets send the money that we would use of these
buildings, etc. to Japan. Let us invest in people, not buildings.
As a member of the church living in Pennsylvania, this is great news and is
money well spent. It should be a boost in appearance within the community and
build bridges with those not familiar with the beginnings of our faith.
To Slim Shady 801: I would agree but the thing is the Church is already sending
considerable humanitarian aide to Japan. It is like we forget that this aide is
already there. The other thing is that our tithing money is going to the
Harmony project where our humanitarian offerings are going to Japan.
As a native of Northeast PA, I'm pleased to see this. Can't wait to go back!