Get ready for a very interesting piece of Ohio architecture and history as you explore the temple with which Joseph Smith first set out to "restore" primitive Christianity in the 1830s. This temple of Latter Day Saints features tiers of carved pulpits, intricate woodwork and glass work throughout the structure. The Kirtland Temple served as a center of community life for over 2,000 Latter Day Saints around the year 1838 and has since then evolved into a thriving community religious center.
On a tour of the facility your group will first see a theater presentation in the visitor center, then undergo a 45-minute walking tour of the gardens and historic structure. Guests will visit the upper and lower courts of the temple and discuss the construction and community uses of the building in the 19th century. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the museum within the visitor center. The museum holds artifacts from the Kirtland Saints such as original temple stucco, an 1837 Book of Mormon, and an 1837 store daybook. The curator's corner within the museum also holds a Hebrew grammar supplement, an 1835 hymnal, and plenty of historic doctrines.
Your group can choose from the basic tour described above or go with a behind the scenes tour of the structure, a cemetery tour, or a historic district tour, which will highlight all the important historical facts as well as interesting architectural features of the Kirtland Temple. Enjoy your time here as you learn about the culture, the tradition, and other interesting facts along the way.