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Season 5 Episode 16 Trouble in Zion


This is the story of the beginning of the saints losing the land of Zion–Jackson County, Missouri


The Latter-day Saints first came to Independence, Jackson County, Missouri in early 1831. By July of that year, a revelation had been received designating Independence as the “center place.” The land was subsequently dedicated by Sidney Rigdon, and Joseph Smith had dedicated a site for the Temple. It was Zion, the place of the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety, where people would gather out of every nation in preparation for the Lord’s second coming. That was the plan, but something went awry. In this episode of History of the Saints we tell the story of “jarrings and contentions, and envyings and strife” in the land of Zion.


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