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By Jon E. Taylor

During the last century, 3 nationally major histories have vied for area and position in Independence, Missouri. Independence was once declared Zion through Joseph Smith, served as a meeting and provisioning element for trails west, and used to be referred to as domestic via President Truman for sixty-four years. Taylor has built-in learn from newspapers, public files, oral histories, and personal papers to aspect how the neighborhood has preserved those quite a few legacies. He locations the function of protection in Independence not just in the greater context of protection within the usa but additionally in the context of yankee environmental historical past.

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The saints had to have the economic resources to support a community in Independence, and he cautioned members that unless they were economically ready to return, they should stay put and continue to conserve and build up their resources. ” Smith noted: “We can not be successfully gathered till we are prepared for it. We are not prepared for it while envy, malice, strife, jealously, bickering . . ”11 In 1867, the same year Joseph Smith III delivered his thoughts on returning to Zion, a small group of dissenters, not affiliated with the reorganization, settled and obtained title to a portion of the sixty-three-acre Temple Lot that Joseph Smith had instructed his followers to acquire in 1831, including the supposed exact lot where the temple dedication had taken place.

Ultimately its members wanted to return to Independence to fulfill Smith’s vision of creating Zion on earth. They referred to their movement as the Reorganization. However, Joseph Smith III realized it would take time for church members to be ready to return to the community that had successfully expelled them in 1833. In 1867 he wrote that there were material and spiritual components to Zion. The saints had to have the economic resources to support a community in Independence, and he cautioned members that unless they were economically ready to return, they should stay put and continue to conserve and build up their resources.

Joseph Luff, president of the church building committee, sent out a call to members all across the nation and the world for donations to defray the building’s construction costs. In his appeal he noted: “We are not building for Independence branch merely, nor for this nor next year alone, but for the church, and for the future. Do not allow the Gentiles to show a deeper interest in this place than we do. ”18 It was clear that Luff saw the construction of the Stone Church as integral to the building of Zion and the Center Place.

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