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LDS missionaries to staff newly acquired Kirtland Temple and Nauvoo sites [Video]

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Latter-day Saint leaders, historians and members were still beaming Wednesday over their church’s purchase of the faith’s first temple.

The landmark temple in Kirtland, Ohio — where members believe Jesus visited Mormonism founder Joseph Smith on Easter in 1836 — was purchased this week by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its longtime owner, the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

For more than $192 million, the Utah-based faith also acquired significant buildings in Nauvoo, Ill., and important documents and artifacts.

[Read more about the Kirtland Temple and Nauvoo purchases.]

“We rejoice at the opportunity to be the steward for these properties going forward,” general authority Seventy Kyle McKay, who serves as church historian and recorder, said Wednesday in a virtual news conference. “We are so grateful to the Community of Christ for how they cared for these properties and these artifacts over …

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