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"STONE CHURCH" Independence Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

Independence Things to Do: 33 reviews and 66 photos

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The Stone Church sits across the street from the original Temple Lot, which Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Jr., had pointed out was both the site of the Garden of Eden and the place to where Jesus would return when at the time of the Second Coming. The church was completed in 1889 and is home to the original RLDS congregation in Independence, which, in turn, dates back to 1873. The church hosted its first RLDS General Conference in 1892 though conferences would be held in Lamoni, Iowa for the most part until 1920. Different additions and renovations have taken place over the years, the newest being a lovely new bell carillon which sounded great when I visited. The carillon complements a beautiful pipe organ that fills the chapel with a grand sound. Light is filtered through four sets of gorgeous stained glass windows, each commemorating a different theme and were designed by Irish-born artist %L[]Ronald Dixon%L*. The Stone Church has been the original font for ten additional congregations over the years.

Address: 1012 W Lexington Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-254-2211

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  • Written Apr 26, 2008
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