The Temple in Independence, Missouri, is a house of worship and education "dedicated to the pursuit of peace". It dominates the skyline of Independence and has become the focal point of the headquarters of the Community of Christ (formerly, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.) The temple was built by the Community of Christ in response to a revelation presented at their 1984 World Conference by church prophet-president Wallace B. Smith. The revelation was the culmination of instructions shared over the course of more than 150 years by prior prophet-presidents recognized by the Community of Christ. Groundbreaking for the temple took place on 6 April 1990, and the completed structure was dedicated on 17 April 1994.
Structure and building
The temple was designed by Gyo Obata and evokes the spiral shell of the nautilus with a stainless steel spire that rises 300 feet (91 m).
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