In the latest edition of The Hastening Times on its website, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has published a timeline for constructing a temple in Jackson County, Missouri. First among the church’s one-year goals, beginning April 2013 is:
#1 Expand our understanding on Temple insights, a. Purpose of the temple, b. Operations within the temple, c. Design and structure of the Temple, d. Timeline for the location and completion of the Temple.
Ground-breaking for the temple is listed among the church’s three-year goals (to be accomplished by April 2016), and “the Temple completed and functioning in all aspects” is on the list of five-year goals (April 2018 deadline). Given that the design is not slated to be finalized until April 2014, the early artists’ rendering attached to this post may not reflect the final plan.
The Remnant Church is one of the denominations that coalesced out of the “Restorationist” movement — a late 20th-century conservative split from Community of Christ. The proposed temple will be at the heart of the Remnant Church’s new zionic community, known as “Bountiful” (named for a city and land in the Book of Mormon). Building zionic communities has been a core theme within the Latter Day Saint tradition dating back to the foundation of the movement.
Only a handful of Latter Day Saint tradition churches have completed full-scale temples. Community of Christ has two: the first was completed in Kirtland, Ohio, in 1837, and the second in Independence, Missouri, in 1994. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has built dozens, the first of which was completed in St. George, Utah, in 1877, and the most recent was dedicated in Calgary, Alberta, in 2012. The Apostolic United Brethren (the largest fundamentalist Mormon denomination) reportedly completed a temple in Ozumba, Mexico, in the 1980s (I would very much like to have photographs of this structure), and the controversial Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints completed a temple near Eldorado, Texas, in 2007.
Although sharing a common origin, the different denominations view temple worship very differently. Community of Christ and the Remnant Church look to the experience of the early church at the original temple in Kirtland for inspiration. The “endowment” associated with Kirtland was described as an empowering, outpouring of the spirit. The LDS Church, the AUB, and the FLDS Church, by contrast, look to later developments at Nauvoo, where the concept of endowment was changed into a liturgical ritual that Joseph Smith adapted from Freemasonry. Nauvoo also saw the introduction of proxy rituals for the dead, including baptism for the dead, as well as “celestial” marriage (polygamy). The AUB and FLDS Church continue to practice plural marriage, but the LDS Church has redefined celestial marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The Remnant Church, of course, opposes polygamy and makes the faith claim that Joseph Smith was not associated with its origin.
Notes (original post UPDATED to add new footnote 3].
 The Hasting Times, Vol. 13 No. 4 (2012), p. 14. PDF archives here.
 Several, including the Church of Christ (Temple Lot) and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite) have attempted full-scale temples that were never completed. Others, including the Wightites and Cutlerites, set aside portions of smaller buildings to perform Nauvoo-era temple practices. Some structures that the LDS Church considers temples, such as the temple in Hong Kong and the temple in Manhattan, similarly set aside only portions of the structure as a temple.
 Kirtland Temple was the only Latter Day Saint temple completed by the early church prior to the 1844 succession crisis, from which all extent denominations of the movement ultimately emerged. Community of Christ gained clear title to Kirtland Temple in 1880.
 The original temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, was dedicated by the LDS Church in 1846, but it was never structurally finished. The building was destroyed by arson in 1848. The LDS Church completed a new temple on the site in 2002. See also LDS Church Temples website, which number the operating temples of the LDS Church, beginning at #1 with the St. George Temple. (Previous temples from the early church period, including Kirtland Temple, are listed in a separate category as “Temples of the Restoration.”)
 LDS men may still be sealed to multiple wives polygamously in the afterlife, but only one wife at a time in this life.