“..the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints. Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion…Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.”
Doctrine and Covenants 57:1-3
This prophecy, given over 150 years ago, may already be coming to pass.
On Saturday May 5, 2012, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased 6,000 acres of Missouri farm land. Latter-day Saints believe Missouri to be the place Adam and Eve lived in after they left the Garden of Eden, and the place where many righteous people will meet prior to the Second Coming.
On Sunday President Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Kansas City temple. The temple resides about 10 miles west of Independence. For Latter-day Saints, temples are sacred places in which to learn more about Heavenly Father’s plan and make sacred covenants with God.
Though the LDS Church hasn’t announced any plans to gather people to Missouri, it’s interesting The Church recently bought 6,000 more acres of land in Missouri and completed a temple, “lying westward,” “not far from the [Independence] courthouse.”
Beside the 6,000 acres, the LDS church also purchased several historical sites from the Community of Christ, including Haun’s Mill, the Far West Burying Ground and Joseph Smith Sr.’s home in Kirtland, Ohio. These historical sites preserve some of the history of the Mormon pioneers’ journey to the west.
“What was the object of gathering … the people of God in any age of the world? … The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby He could reveal unto His people the ordinances of His house and the glories of His kingdom, and teach the people the way of salvation”
-Joseph Smith Jr. History of the Church
Personal Notes: I honestly don’t know exactly what will take place in Missouri. I am, however, excited and willing to do whatever God’s prophet asks us to do.