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On 4 October 2008 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that it would build a temple in Kansas City, Missouri. The temple will be located southwest of the intersection of I-435 and Shoal Creek Parkway, in a beautiful mixed development owned by the Church in northeast Kansas City, just west of the Liberty Jail Historic Site. The temple is expected to be completed in about 3 years and to be similar in design to the Twin Falls Idaho Temple.
In the early days of the Church, Latter-day Saints attempted to build two temples in Missouri—one in Independence, Missouri, and one farther north in Far West. Both attempts failed due to persecution against the Mormons. Currently, there is one functioning temple in St. Louis, Missouri. Church members are now found in every major city in the Midwest. Kansas City's first stake was established in 1956. Today there are approximately 100,000 members in Missouri and Kansas organized into 21 stakes (LDS Newsroom, October, 2008).