Kansas City Missouri Temple Open House Dates Announced
People who have been reading for a while know that I have a fascination with Mormon temples. I’m not Mormon, but 1.7% of Americans are Mormon (for context, another 1.7% of Americans are Jewish), and we had two major Mormon GOP candidates in the primaries this year, so I like being able to understand where Mormons are coming from. Of course, I’m also interested in seeing something when I will rarely have the opportunity to again.
As a quick primer, Mormon temples are the focal point of their faith. They act as a vehicle for their sacraments (called “ordinances”). Because these houses are dedicated to the Lord, only Mormons in good standing with the LDS Church are permitted entrance. For the rest of us, temples can only be visited in one of two scenarios: if a temple has just finished being constructed, or if it has just completed extensive renovation. In either case, an open house will typically be held for visitors. To find out more, see here, and you can read about my trip to the first Mormon temple here.
I first got interested in Mormon temples in the spring of 2010. Indeed, my boyfriend received a few emails from me in April that year about everything I was learning. One of them excitedly proclaimed that we were going to drive to visit the Kansas City Missouri Temple when it held it’s open house, since it was the closest temple under construction.*
After two years of checking their website once a month, open house dates have finally been announced.
From April 7 through April 21 (excluding Sundays), the temple will be open for visitors. Those who wish to take a tour of the temple will need to reserve their free tickets online, which will be set up in the near future. In the meantime, you can see some stunning pictures of the temple by scrolling through here.
* In all fairness, since then, a temple has been announced in Indianapolis, Indiana, which would be quite a bit closer. But they’re still doing the planning and zoning, so it’ll be a while until that temple becomes available. Carpe diem and whatnot.