|On August 3, 1831 Joseph Smith dedicated the site for the temple in Independence, Missouri. This was done in accordance with revelation Joseph had received,
“And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.1
Sidney Rigdon, Edward Partridge, W.W. Phelps, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and Joseph Coe were all at the dedication. Joseph Smith gave the dedicatory prayer.
Psalm 87 from the Bible was read:
The lot was 3 acres, although later in December of 1831, Edward Partridge purchased 63 acres for the temple for $130. Today the Mormon Church owns only a part of this land. On it is a visitors’ center and a stake center. Various other churches own the rest of the temple lot.