Historic LDS Sites Near Morrell Ranch

Northwest Missouri has a special place in the LDS religion. There are many Latter Day Saint (LDS) historical sites that are near to, and even border the Morrell Ranch, like Adam-Ondi-Ahman.


Located on Koala Rd. Jameson, MO

Adam-ondi-Ahman is a historic site located just 5 minutes from the Morrell Ranch in the east bluffs above the Grand River. Get more information here: https://history.lds.org/subsection/historic-sites/missouri/adam-ondi-ahman?lang=eng


Liberty Historic Jail

Located at 216 N Main St. Liberty, MO

Liberty, which became the headquarters for the Saints after they were driven from Jackson County, is best known for the jail where Joseph Smith was lodged after his betrayal at Far West. The Liberty Jail was built in 1833 and was about 14 ft. sq. with only one heavily barred window to light the two upper rooms. The bottom room with no light, was considered the dungeon. Joseph Smith and several other church leaders would be imprisoned in this tiny jail from November 1838 to April 1839.

Today the story of the prophet’s imprisonment is told in what remains of the old jail. To learn more visit: https://history.lds.org/subsection/historic-sites/missouri/historic-liberty-jail?lang=eng


Independence Visitor Center

Located at 937 W Walnut St. Independence, MO

This visitors center is owned and operated by the Church of LDS Church located in Independence Missouri. The Visitor Center is situated on the Greater Temple Lot which was purchased by Joseph Smith in 1831 and is now dedicated to him and his associates. It sits close to the Church of Christ (Temple Lot)’s headquarters and the Community of Christ Temple

The visitors center offers exhibits, displays and files about the history of the Missouri Saints. To learn more visit:  https://www.lds.org/locations/independence-visitors-center?lang=eng


Church of Christ (Temple Lot)

Informally known as Hedrickites, is a denomination of the Latter-Day Saint movement. The nickname comes from the surname of Granville Hedrick, who was ordained the church leader in 1863. Unlike the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church), and Community of Christ, the Temple Lot church rejects the office prophet or president, instead being lead by Quorum of Twelve Apostles. Learn More here: http://www.churchofchrist-tl.org

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