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* Temple Lot Worship Services (Part 7 of 7)

In our final conversation with historian Jean Addams, we will talk about similarities and differences between LDS and Church of Christ (Temple Lot) worship services.

GT:  Tell us a little bit more about their worship services. Is it pretty similar to an LDS service?

Jean:  Yes, and no. I mean, they have an opening and closing prayer, that sort of thing. They have speakers scheduled, so that’s all similar, and they sing songs. So those main ingredients are the same.  The sacrament is a different situation altogether. That’s once a month.

GT:  Okay.

Jean:  They still use the common cup.

GT:  Oh, really?

Jean:  Uh huh, and they actually use two common cups. So they have two red trays and two common cups. Those are just passed down by row, by row, by row and they make a point before the ceremony, the service, that is only for baptized members of their church.

Jean:  On the other hand, if you go to Sunday School and it’s a Book of Mormon class, it wouldn’t sound any different than going to an LDS Gospel Doctrine class.

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Inside the chapel at the Church of Christ (Temple Lot) in Independence, Missouri.


Don’t miss our other conversations with Jean!

379: 3 Church Reconciliation? (Addams)

378: Comparing LDS & Church of Christ Theology (Addams)

377: LDS/Church of Christ Alliance (Addams)

376: Jones Flournoy’s Ties to Restoration (Addams)

375: Dispute Over the Temple Lot (Addams)

374: Intro to Church of Christ (Temple Lot) (Addams)

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How Jones Flournoy is Connected to Restoration (Part 3 of 7)

Let’s face it.  Missouri settlers didn’t take kindly to outsiders.  When the state of Missouri held a public auction to sell state lands, non-Mormon Jones Flournoy bought the land.  A week later, Bishop Partridge came and purchased land that would be known as the Temple Lot.  Did Partridge get a fair price?  Historian Jean Addams will tell us fact from fiction.

GT:  [I heard that] Jones Flournoy had just purchased that property, probably a week before the Hedrickites arrived and basically just made a bit huge profit and he didn’t actually own it for that long. Is that true?

Jean:  That’s where the stories started going every which way but correct. Flournoy, as the original squatter, when the state of Missouri made that land available. It wasn’t federal land. It was seminary land. The state have been given the seminary land as part of their statehood. They got two townships and that equal 72 sections. Forty some sections were in Jackson county as it turned out and Independence was surrounded by them. So the individual squatters who thought that they could purchase the surveyed property from the federal government in 1828 are now told nope, that’s state land, and you’re going to have to wait for them. So the state in December of 1830 authorized it to be sold in December of 1831, not for $1.25 an acre which the federal sold it for, but for $2 an acre, the idea being raising more money for the eventual University of Missouri.

Jean:  Flournoy had the right, as a squatter, to make the first purchase. Furthermore, he’s the postmaster in town, a well-established individual. Nobody’s going to ace out those original squatters. In fact, they were so intent on this, Rick, they were so intent that an individual that came to town speculating to buy up lots around Independence and so forth, they actually took him and put him in jail.

GT:  Who in jail?

Jean:  This individual from Virginia, so that he could not go to the auction. He then tried to get a local judge to help him and the individuals, “landholders” in good old Jackson County–can you imagine that happening? They threatened the judge that they would put him in jail with him if he interfered in any way.

GT:  Oh, really?

Jean:  Anyway, so as a result, nobody interfered with the squatters. They bought the property. Jones Flournoy sold it a week later, a portion of his acreage. He sold it to Edward Partridge.

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Non-Mormon Jones Flournoy purchased land in Missouri, and then sold it to Bishop Partridge for the Jackson County Temple.

Don’t miss our previous conversations with Jean!

375: Dispute Over the Temple Lot

374: Intro to Church of Christ (Temple Lot)

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Intro to Church of Christ (Temple Lot) Part 1 of 7

I think very few people are aware of a small Mormon group sometimes called the Hedrickites.  Their official name is the Church of Christ, and they were the first Mormon group to return to Missouri and purchased part of the original temple lot where Joseph Smith had a revelation that 24 temples would be built there.  Why don’t we know more about this group?  Jean Addams is a former president of the John Whitmer Association, and will tell about his family connection to Granville and John Hedrick.

Jean:  My wife is a Hedrick. She said she had never told that to anybody because it had some connotations that weren’t what she wanted to convey when she was a conver,t herself, at 14 in Los Angeles.

GT:  Oh, really? I don’t think very many people know who Granville Hedrick was.

Jean:  No.

GT:  That’s interesting that she was kind of hiding that.

Jean:  After she had been baptized, her mother sat down and told her about her Mormon history.

GT:  No way.

Jean:  Yeah. She didn’t want to tell anybody about that. When she told me about that. I got quite excited.   She said, “You know about the Hedrickites?” And I said, “I know a little,” and I says, “I guess we’re going to go find out a lot. So let’s start with your dad’s name or your your ancestor’s name. Granville Hedrick was my great-great-uncle. His brother was John. John Hedrick is the first Saint of any sect that came back to Jackson County in 1865 and scouted out the place for the movement of the whole Crow Creek branch out of Illinois in1867. He then started buying up the temple lot property that same year in 1870.

GT: So, it was John Hedrick, not Granville.

Jean:  That is correct. Oh, I did not know that either. Wow, that’s interesting.

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Jean Addams tells how his family is related to Granville Hedrick. He is the founder of a sect that currently holds the Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri.

Don’t miss our other conversations about the Temple Lot!

224: Who Owns the Temple Lot? (Shields)

051: Polygamy & the Temple Lot Case (Hales)