Independence, Jackson County, Missouri is the location of the Garden of Eden.The location of the Garden of Eden in America, and at Independence, Missouri, clears up many a problem which the Bible account of Eden and its garden has left in the minds of students.
On July 20, 1831 the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that Independence, Missouri was the site for the city of Zion (the New Jerusalem)see D&C 57; A of F 1:10. The Independence Temple was the first temple commanded to be built in this dispensation. However, because of persecution, the temple was never built. Prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, a magnificent edifice—the New Jerusalem Temple—will be erected on the location of the Temple Lot.