In 1831, Joseph Smith advised the Saints to settle in Missouri, as he believed this was the place designated as Zion, where members should gather in anticipation of Christ's second coming. Unfortunately, that settlement didn't last long.
The mass migration, beliefs, political views and perceived take-over of the area spurred many battles; emotional and physical, and ended up taking many lives. This led to the "Extermination Order" issued by Governor Boggs. This forced members to flee the area where many settled in Illinois and surrounding counties.
The temple layout is quite unique with double towers stately rising into the sky. It is only the second temple built in Missouri. Far West Historic Site and Adam-ondi-Ahman are two places where there were plans to build temples in the 1830's. Because the Saints were forced from their homes, these temples were never completed.
There are many historical sites in the area that are worth viewing. A few of the closest are Far West Historic Site, Independence Visitor's Center, Liberty Jail,Community of Christ Temple and Adam-ondi-Ahman.
There's also a multitude of non-Church related activities. You can get creative at Kaleidoscope, or get up close and personal with a real solid gold bar at The Money Museum.
After a day of following the path of Mormon history, you'll probably be pretty hungry. Try Swagat Fine Indian Cusine for some delicious Chicken Tikka Masala and other Indian specialties. Waldo Pizza offers many pizza options, unique toppings and 8 pizza sauces! Winstead's is the place to visit if you're in the mood for a popular, local diner . Try a Steakburger and a Skyscraper Shake. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbeque - Freight House is known for good hickory-smoked barbecue. Revel in the atmosphere of a Parisian street at Chez Elle. For an interesting take on dessert, check out Glace Artisan Ice Cream for some unique combinations.