Kirtland Temple
Nestled in the charming hills of northeastern Ohio, this "House of the Lord" stands as a vivid reminder that Kirtland  was once home to some of the 19th century's most successful community builders. Inspired by the beliefs and practices of the earliest Christians, followers of Joseph Smith Jr. gathered in Kirtland and built their first temple between 1833 and 1836. Using local sandstone and native timber from surrounding forests, the people worked together to construct what was then one of the largest buildings in northern Ohio. The Kirtland Temple stood at the center of community life for more than 2,000 believers by 1838. Within a year, all but 100 were gone. The Kirtland Temple is a National Historic Landmark.

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Celebrate 175 Years of Sacred Stories

The 2011 year marks the 175th anniversary of the Kirtland Temple dedication. A large event was held at the Kirtland Temple to commemorate the 175th anniversary on Sunday, March 27, 2011. A video of the historic service is available online. Click here to listen to President Veazey's powerful message and hear the history behind the memorable hymns sung at the original dedication. Click here to view photos of the 175th anniversary weekend in Kirtland.