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LDS Church Returns To Independence Missouri

In October of 1900 the Indian Territory Mission was expanded to include Missouri. On April 14h 1904 the church repurchased a portion of the original lot of land in Independence that it had first purchased in 1833 by Bishop Edward Partridge, an area known as the temple lot. That same year the Indian Territory Mission’s name was changed to the Central States Mission and in 1906 its headquarters were moved to Independence.

The first branch (a small congregation) was organized in 1911 and in 1913 a chapel was built and dedicated the next year by President Joseph F. Smith.


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