Community of Christ

Kirtland

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Kirtland Temple

From 1831 to 1838, Kirtland, Ohio, was a bustling community and headquarters of an energetic new religious movement under the leadership of Joseph Smith, Jr. With great determination and sacrifice, Joseph Smith and his followers constructed a "House of the Lord," that would act as the center of community life for worship, education, and leadership. Although the majority of the Latter Day Saints left Kirtland in 1838, a small number in the community remained behind preserving and maintaining the temple.

Today, the historic house of worship is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and has been recognized by The Architects Society of Ohio and The Ohio Historical Society. Kirtland Temple is owned and operated by Community of Christ and continues to be used as a house of worship, education, and leadership. Whether on a tour, in a class, or sharing in worship, all are invited to experience the Kirtland Temple.

Spiritual Formation Center

The Spiritual Formation Center is a place of worship, formation, and praxis. Participants worship in the chapel or in the Temple. In the Temple worshipers experience four-corners ministry that was practiced in the 1830s that would include prayer and testimony, the sacraments of communion and administration, preaching, and hymn singing. The formation center offers classes in prayer, discernment, meditation, group spiritual direction and other topics. 

The purpose of spiritual formation is to provide worship, formation, and praxis experiences that deepen our relationship with God, to study the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus more fully, and to provide retreat experiences that help others on their journey to be Christ like. Spiritual formation is the experience of being transformed into the likeness and mind of Christ. Formation cultivates the inner connectedness to God that is written about in John 15 where Jesus says, "Abide in me."

Plan Your Visit

Hours

January–February
Closed January through February

March–April
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Easter

May–October
Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thanksgiving

December 
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; a.m. group tours by appointment
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas

Admission

Entrance to the Visitor Center, museum, video, The Mercantile, and gardens is free. There is a $5.00 preservation fee per person for the Kirtland Temple tour. Tours free for children age 3 and younger. Reservations required for groups of fifteen or more.

Map

Public Parking: Bus, RV, and additional automobile parking are located directly across the street (east) from the temple behind the Sidney Rigdon home and adjacent to the Community of Christ chapel.

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