The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed that it purchased 6,000 acres of Missouri farmland and three historical sites from the Community of Christ.
“The Church recently acquired operating farmland and several other non-farmland properties located in Missouri and Ohio from the Community of Christ,” LDS Church spokesperson Scott Trotter said. “Non-farm sites include the Haun’s Mill and the Far West Burying Ground in Missouri as well as the Joseph Smith Sr. home in Kirtland, Ohio.”
Farm operations will continue and historic sites will be maintained. Ongoing preservation for Haun’s Mill, the Far West Burying Ground and the Smith Sr. home will continue. It’s estimated that more than 200 early Latter-day Saints are buried at the Far West Burial Grounds.