Independence Visitors’ Center


    The Lord has designated Independence, Missouri, as “the center place” of Zion (D&C 57:3). Amid various places of worship, a Latter-day Saint visitors’ center stands there now—a place to learn about faith, sacrifice, and Heavenly Father’s eternal plan.

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    Questions and Answers about the Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri

    Increase your understanding of a subject that is often misunderstood: the temple lot in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.

    Interactive Map: Latter-day Saint Travels to and from Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1839

    Learn about Latter-day Saints’ early journeys to Ohio and Missouri and later to Iowa and Illinois.

    Time Line: The Church in Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1839

    Gain a clearer picture of early Church history. Examine the Church’s growth and challenges in Ohio and Missouri from 1830 to 1839.

    Interactive Map: Places of Interest in Northwest Missouri

    Explore places of revelation, adversity, gathering, and memorial for Latter-day Saints in Missouri.

    The Center Place: D&C 52, 57, 58

    Early revelations on Zion indicated it would include “the rich and the learned” but also “the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf.” Ultimately, all of God’s children were to have a seat at the same table. All were to share in God’s sacred space.

    “We Weep When We Remember Zion”: Early Latter-day Saints as Refugees

    In late 1838, thousands of Latter-day Saints were expelled from their homes in Missouri. Writings of Albert Perry Rockwood, Franklin D. Richards, and Elizabeth Haven reveal how the Latter-day Saint refugees dealt with tragedy and maintained family ties in the midst of a maelstrom. They also show the kindness of strangers who helped Church members to recover from the trauma of the Missouri expulsion.

    What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Missouri

    Find information that can help you plan a visit to these sites.