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Following is a collection of news items that have appeared on the News page for the Kansas City Missouri Temple. To share your latest news for the temple, please send an e-mail.

Latest News

July 12, 2017

Submissions Sought for Kansas City Missouri Temple Book
Be a part of the 5th Anniversary Edition of the Kansas City Missouri Temple Book. Organizers are in need of stories, pictures, artwork, and more to help make the latest version of the book great. The submission deadline is August 1, 2017, so only a few weeks remain. Obtain more information at kctemplebook.net.

May 22, 2012

New Book Celebrates the Kansas City Missouri Temple
Created under the direction of the area leadership, a new 150-page not-for-profit book presents "stunning professional photographs and heart-felt stories surrounding the history, building and events of the Kansas City Missouri Temple." Orders must be received by June 25 at kansascitytemplebook.net.

May 6, 2012

137th Operating Temple Dedicated in Kansas City
On May 6, President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the 137th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kansas City, Missouri near the Liberty Jail Historic Site. The prophet attended a cultural celebration, Of One Heart in the Heartland, the evening before.

April 28, 2012

Open House Concludes for Kansas City Missouri Temple
The final public tours of the interior of the Kansas City Missouri Temple were held on Saturday, April 28. The temple will now be prepared for its formal dedication on May 6, which will make it the 137th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

April 9, 2012

Thousands to Tour New Kansas City Missouri Temple
Public tours of the Kansas City Missouri Temple began this weekend and continue through Saturday, April 28 (excluding Sundays and Monday evenings). All are invited to attend a free tour by making reservations at templeopenhouse.lds.org.

April 5, 2012

Kansas City Temple Open House Extended One Week
The open house of the Kansas City Missouri Temple has been extended one week to meet the high demand for free open house tickets. Tours begin this Saturday, April 7, and continue through Saturday, April 28. Please use the online reservation system to reserve a tour time.

March 21, 2012

New Video Invites Public to Kansas City Temple Open House
Reservations for the Kansas City Missouri Temple open house are now being accepted. A new video produced by the Church and posted on YouTube invites the public to participate.

March 11, 2012

Kansas City Open House Tickets Now Available
Furnishings have been delivered to the Kansas City Missouri Temple in preparation for the opening events including a two-week public open house in April. Free open house reservations are now available via the Church's online reservation system or by calling 1-866-537-8457.

February 24, 2012

Second Annual Kansas City Temple Run Set for May
Just two weeks after the dedication of the Kansas City Missouri Temple, the second annual Kansas City Temple Run will be held on Saturday, May 19. This year's run is a free event benefiting In as Much Ministries, a local charity that provides food and other necessities to the less fortunate.

February 16, 2012

Release Date for Kansas City Open House Tickets
Beginning, Monday, March 12, free reservations will be taken for tours of the Kansas City Missouri Temple held April 7–21, 2012. A link to the online reservation system will be provided on this site and on kansascitymormontemple.org.

February 9, 2012

Final Weeks of Construction for Kansas City Missouri Temple
The construction team for the Kansas City Missouri Temple is expected to wrap up its activities by the end of the month, giving the Church an opportunity to perform its final review and approval, cleaning, and official photographs before the temple opens its door to the public April 7–21, 2012.

January 25, 2012

New Exterior Lighting System at Kansas City Missouri Temple
Black silhouettes of the Kansas City Missouri Temple have been replaced by images of a softly lit House of the Lord in the most recently submitted photographs of the temple. Installation of the new lighting is still underway. The public is invited to tour the temple for free during a public open house April 7–21, 2012.

January 19, 2012

Opening Dates Announced for Kansas City Missouri Temple
The Kansas City Missouri Temple will open to the public for free tours from Saturday, April 7, through Saturday, April 21, excluding Sundays. The temple will be formally dedicated on Sunday, May 6, 2012, in three sessions. A cultural celebration of music and dance will be held the evening before the dedication.

December 21, 2011

Kansas City Missouri Temple Progress
The Kansas City Missouri Temple is anticipated to be turned over to the Church by early spring for its final review, cleaning, photographing, and approval process. The temple is expected to be dedicated and in operation by mid-summer 2012.

November 7, 2011

Looking Through the Window of the new Liberty Missouri Stake Center
An open house for the new Liberty Missouri Stake Center, located at the site of the Kansas City Missouri Temple, was held over the weekend in conjunction with stake conference. A wonderful feature of the new building is a view of the temple from a window in the chapel, allowing members to literally keep their eyes on the temple. No open house or dedication dates have been announced for the temple, but completion is expected next spring.

October 25, 2011

More Progress at the Kansas City Missouri Temple
Stunning photographs on this Temple Chaser blog post illustrate the progress of the Kansas City Missouri Temple including fencing, landscaping, stained glass windows, exterior lighting, and sheetrock. The opening events for Missouri's second temple are anticipated to occur next spring.

October 11, 2011

The Field is White Already to Harvest
"A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.?Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God" (D&C 6:1,3). The Kansas City Missouri Temple will open its doors next year, but the open house for the adjoining Liberty Missouri Stake Center will be held Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

September 30, 2011

Kansas City Temple Update
Construction advances on the Kansas City Temple where the main windows have been installed, more curbing and walkways have been added, and fence installation continues. The adjacent Liberty Missouri Stake Center will begin service on November 13.

September 19, 2011

Reflecting on the Kansas City Temple
This stunning photograph captures in the morning dew the silhouette of the Kansas City Missouri Temple, which now has most of its art glass windows installed. "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven" (Doctrine & Covenants 121:45).

September 11, 2011

Window Installation Continues at the Kansas City Missouri Temple
Beautiful blue art glass continues to be installed in the Kansas City Missouri Temple including the windowpanes under the keystone panel bearing the inscription: Holiness to the Lord—The House of the Lord. Work on the permanent decorative fence has begun around the temple, which shares land with a new stake center. A temple president residence is under construction across the street.

August 10, 2011

Sun Sets on Another Hot Day in Kansas City, Missouri
It has been a summer of record-breaking heat in Kansas City, but that hasn't stopped construction of the beautiful Kansas City Missouri Temple complex. Construction has begun on a house directly across the street from the temple for a temple president residence.

July 7, 2011

Kansas City Missouri Temple Windows
Beautiful art glass windows continue to be installed at the Kansas City Missouri Temple including the recent addition of the windows located beneath the western spire. Work progresses steadily on the interior of the temple.

June 21, 2011

Spring Blossoms Abound at Kansas City Temple
Beautiful spring blossoms decorate the land surrounding the Kansas City Missouri Temple where work continues on both the temple and the adjoining stake center. The 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse features an open-air wedding reception area.

May 17, 2011

Kansas City Missouri Temple Construction Is Inspiring!
The meetinghouse at the Kansas City Missouri Temple complex has received its single spire, joining the temple in its attitude of reaching toward heaven. Follow this link to view a slideshow of exquisite photography taken since the beginning of construction just over a year ago.

May 9, 2011

Kansas City Temple—One Year After Groundbreaking
What a difference a year can make! Since ground was broken for the Kansas City Missouri Temple on May 8, 2010, a beautiful House of the Lord now stands on the once bare ground. Follow this link to read a blog post commemorating the groundbreaking.

May 2, 2011

First Annual Kansas City Temple Run Is Huge Success
"Temple Chasing" became quite literal this weekend as hundreds descended on the Kansas City temple grounds to join in the enormously successful 1st Annunal Kansas City Temple Run—cleverly documented in a photographed letter to Moroni by Temple Chaser Valerie Anderson.

April 7, 2011

Monument Sign Installed for Kansas City Missouri Temple
A new addition has been installed at the Kansas City Missouri Temple: a beautiful white monument sign, designating the name of the Church, the name of the temple, and its address on Searcy Creek Parkway. Work is focused on the interior of the temple, which is expected to open next year.

March 24, 2011

Angel Moroni Placed Atop the Kansas City Missouri Temple
On March 24, 2011, the gold-leafed statue of the angel Moroni assumed its position atop the eastern spire of the Kansas City Missouri Temple. Crowds gathered for the event and let out a cheer once the statue was put into place. Follow this link to view a 5½-minute video of the raising.

March 23, 2011

Western Spire of Kansas City Missouri Temple Receives Finial
On March 23, 2011, a finial was placed atop the recently installed western spire of the Kansas City Missouri Temple. The two spires and golf-leafed statue of the angel Moroni arrived at the site by truck on the evening of March 20. Installation of the angel Moroni is pending.

March 19, 2011

Kansas City Missouri Temple Receives Final Panels
This week the last of the exterior panels for the western tower of the Kansas City Missouri Temple were installed. The temple now lacks only its pyramidal spires to arrive at its final form. Earlier this month, a lone stained glass window was installed on the south side of the temple.

March 2, 2011

First Annual Kansas City Temple Run Slated for April 30
The Kansas City Missouri Temple site will be the start and finish of the First Annual Kansas City Temple Run this coming April. The 5K run/walk is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded. Exterior panel placement is nearing completion on the west side of the beautiful new temple.

February 23, 2011

Cladding the Eastern Tower of the Kansas City Temple
A beautiful windowed section of exterior paneling has been attached to the eastern tower of the Kansas City Missouri Temple, leaving only the installation of the pyramidal spire and angel Moroni to bring the temple to its full height. Construction of the edifice is advancing rapidly.

February 18, 2011

Construction Advancements at the Kansas City Missouri Temple
Exterior panels have now been attached to the east, north, and south sides of the Kansas City Missouri Temple including around the base of the east tower. Work progresses on the adjacent meetinghouse, which will serve congregations in the area for Sunday worship.

January 17, 2011

Framing for Both Towers Now Stands Atop Kansas City Missouri Temple
Significant progress continues at the Kansas City Missouri Temple where framing for the second tower has been installed. Exterior panels are being attached to the temple including around the base of the east tower.

January 5, 2011

Kansas City Temple Declares Holiness to the Lord
As the Kansas City Missouri Temple rises over I-435, observant motorists may have noticed the recent addition of the center exterior panel on the east face of the temple, which is inscribed with the sacred words: Holiness to the Lord—The House of the Lord.

December 17, 2010

Kansas City Missouri Temple Reaches Heavenward
New framing for the one of the two towers of the Kansas City Missouri Temple has been installed, giving the landmark structure eye-catching dimension and an attitude of reaching heavenward. The temple is being built in a new residential development owned by the real estate arm of the Church.

December 14, 2010

Kansas City Missouri Temple Construction Is "Stepping Up"
At the Kansas City Missouri Temple, beautiful and functional switchback staircases have been installed on one end of the building. Exterior panels continue to be fastened to the steel framing, and work has commenced on the new Liberty Missouri Stake Center, adjacent to the temple.

December 10, 2010

Kansas City Missouri Temple Receiving Its Exterior Façade
Beautiful white panels are being attached to the steel skeleton of the Kansas City Missouri Temple, which has been under construction for seven months. The majestic structure is rising from its location at the interchange of Shoal Creek Parkway and highly traveled I-435.

December 4, 2010

White Oak Felled on Sacred Ground for Kansas City Temple
J.R. Potthast of Thick & Thin Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill was hired to cut the lumber for the Kansas City Temple on church-owned land about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City. Potthast says, "There are 13 different kinds of white oak that grows in the Midwest, and they have the best kind."

November 25, 2010

Framing Shows the Three Levels of the Kansas City Temple
Steel framing for the Kansas City Missouri Temple has reached full building height, showing the temple's three levels and framing for the bases of the double towers. Exterior panels have arrived on site, which will soon be attached to the temple's imposing steel skeleton.

October 27, 2010

Steel Beams Rising at Kansas City Missouri Temple Site
Construction is progressing at the Kansas City Missouri Temple where the steel skeleton for the building is being erected around the recently built elevator shaft.

September 17, 2010

An Elevating Experience in Kansas City, Missouri
At the Kansas City Missouri Temple construction site, work has commenced on the elevator shaft that will transport patrons among the temple's four levels. Members are eagerly watching the construction including members of the North Kansas City Ward where the temple will stand.

August 27, 2010

Construction Progress at the Kansas City Missouri Temple
At the Kansas City Missouri Temple construction site, foundation walls are now peeking above ground, marking a transition to more visible construction including erection of the exterior walls. Work on the temple has been underway for 4 months and is expected to be completed in 2012.

July 5, 2010

Below-Grade Work Advances at the Kansas City Temple
With excavation completed, below-grade construction has become apparent at the Kansas City Missouri Temple construction site where exposed rebar and piping are evidence of footings and initial plumbing below. These activities precede the next step—pouring the temple foundation.

June 26, 2010

Kansas City Missouri Temple Foundation Excavation
At the Kansas City Missouri Temple site, a construction fence has been erected, code-of-conduct rules posted, and dirt excavated in preparation for pouring the footings and the foundation for the temple. Ground was formally broken for the temple in May and is expected to be completed in 2012.

June 1, 2010

Kansas City Missouri Temple Staked
A new addition at the Kansas City Missouri Temple site is a set of wooden stakes, marking the corners of the temple. Work progresses on the development's infrastructure.

May 8, 2010

Construction of the Kansas City Temple Formally Begins
Elder Ronald A. Rasband presided at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kansas City Missouri Temple on May 8, where the architectural rendering of the double-towered temple was revealed and numerous members ceremoniously turned soil with gold-colored shovels.

April 23, 2010

Kansas City Missouri Temple Groundbreaking Set for May 8
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Kansas City Missouri Temple has been scheduled for Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. Attendance at the site is by invitation only, but plans are underway to broadcast the event to area meetinghouses via webcast. An architectural rendering of the temple will be presented.

March 5, 2010

Kansas City Temple Permits Undergoing Final Review
Building permits for the Kansas City temple were issued this week contingent on City review for code compliance. The reviews are expected to be completed by mid-April. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected, but no date has been announced.

March 4, 2010

Video Tour of the Kansas City Missouri Temple Development
"Temple Chaser" Cheryl Kanenwisher gives us a narrated video tour on her excellent blog of the current conditions at The Meadows at Searcy Creek—the development where the Kansas City Missouri Temple will be constructed. An announcement of the groundbreaking date for the temple is still awaited.

December 21, 2009

Clay County Records Kansas City Temple Official Plat
On December 18, 2009, the official plat of The Meadows at Searcy Creek First Plat—where the Kansas City Missouri Temple will be located—was recorded by the Clay County Recorder of Deeds. The groundbreaking ceremony for the temple is anticipated to occur in the spring of 2010.

November 4, 2009

Construction Vehicles Moving Earth at Kansas City Site
Activity is abundant at the Kansas City Missouri Temple site where construction vehicles are grading the site and the surrounding development for the installation of infrastructure in preparation for the temple groundbreaking.

October 22, 2009

Kansas City Council Approves Final Plat of The Meadows at Searcy Creek First Plat
On October 22, 2009, the Kansas City Council approved the final plat of The Meadows at Searcy Creek Plat First Plat where the new Kansas City Missouri Temple will be constructed. No groundbreaking date has yet been scheduled for this temple.

September 12, 2009

Kansas City Temple Site Preparations
Photographs of the Kansas City Missouri Temple site show preparations underway including the installation of the utility lines to the new development.

August 13, 2009

Final Plat of The Meadows at Searcy Creek Up for Approval
On Tuesday, August 18, the Kansas City Plan Commission will review the final plat of The Meadows at Searcy Creek where the Kansas City Missouri Temple and an adjoining meetinghouse will be located. Recently posted photographs show some site preparations.

July 30, 2009

Kansas City Temple Site Plans Pass in City Council Meeting
On Thursday, July 30, the City Council of Kansas City passed the proposed Shoal Creek Valley Area Plan amendment, rezoning ordinance, and Community Unit Project that will allow for construction of the Kansas City Missouri Temple and an adjoining meetinghouse.

"Within the sound of my voice are many young women, young men, and children. I plead with you to be worthy, to be steadfast, and to look forward with great anticipation to the day you will receive the ordinances and blessings of the temple."
—David A. Bednar

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