Sacred Grove: Palmyra and Manchester, New York
One spring day in 1820, Young Joseph Smith prayed in this quiet grove of trees. The answer to his prayer would change his life and the lives of millions of people throughout the world.
Joseph Smith Family Farm: Palmyra and Manchester, New York
On this land, Joseph Smith Jr. had experiences with his family that were foundational for his character. He also had experiences that were foundational in the Restoration of the gospel: his First Vision and his initial visit from the angel Moroni.
Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site (Grandin Building) Palmyra, New York
In this building, the first printed copies of the Book of Mormon came off the press.
Hill Cumorah: Manchester, New York
On this sacred hill a few miles from the Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith received golden plates with a message for people throughout the world.
Peter Whitmer Farm: Fayette, New York
This is a place of completion—where Joseph Smith finished translating the Book of Mormon—and a place of beginning—where he presided over the official organization of the restored Church of Jesus Christ.
Priesthood Restoration Site
On this farm along the Susquehanna River, Emma Hale grew to adulthood. Later, she lived here with her husband, Joseph Smith Jr. While Joseph and Emma lived here, the Aaronic Priesthood was restored and Joseph translated most of the Book of Mormon.
What to Expect When You Visit the Priesthood Restoration Site
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Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial: Sharon, Vermont
This is a place of commemoration. Here, on December 23, 1805, Joseph Smith Jr. was born. Today a monument memorializes this man who is honored by millions of people around the world as a prophet of God.
What to Expect When You Visit the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial
Historic Kirtland: Kirtland, Ohio
In Kirtland, early Latter-day Saints received God’s law, were endowed from on high, and prepared to share the gospel among all nations. Historic Kirtland continues to inspire and uplift Saints today.
Historic John Johnson Home: Hiram, Ohio
As guests in John and Elsa Johnson’s home, Joseph and Emma Smith received revelation and comfort in trying times. Guests in the home today—in person and online—see that it is still a place of revelation and comfort.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Ohio
Independence Visitors’ Center: Independence, Missouri
The Lord has designated Independence, Missouri, as “the center place” of Zion (D&C 57:3). Amid various places of worship, a Latter-day Saint visitors’ center stands there now—a place to learn about faith, sacrifice, and Heavenly Father’s eternal plan.
Historic Liberty Jail: Liberty Missouri
For Joseph Smith and his imprisoned companions, Liberty Jail was a place of intense suffering and glorious revelation. The jail has been re-created today as a place of contemplation and learning.
Hawn's Mill Site, Braymer, Missouri
Hawn’s Mill was a bustling center of action and productivity until it became the site of a massacre. Now it is an empty field—a place of reflection.
What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Missouri
Far West Temple Site: Far West, Missouri
The Far West Temple Site does not house a temple, but it tells a story of dedication and faith. When early Apostles laid cornerstones there, they showed their determination to follow the Lord’s will in spite of persecution.
Adam-ondi-Ahman: Jameson, Missouri
A group of Saints settled briefly in the area in 1838. Spring Hill was named “Adam-ondi-Ahman” by the Prophet Joseph Smith, as indicated by the Lord in revelation (see D&C 116). Five weeks later, on June 28, 1838, the third stake of Zion was organized there. Today it is a place of beauty and quiet contemplation.
Nauvoo Temple: Nauvoo, Illinois
The Nauvoo Temple was the first in which ordinances such as eternal marriage and baptism for the dead were performed. This temple, which was such an integral part of the Lord's work, was not completed before Joseph Smith died a martyr.
Carthage Jail: Carthage, Illinois
At the Carthage Jail on June 27, 1844, a mob murdered the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, who thus sealed their testimonies of Jesus Christ with their blood.
Martin’s Cove: Alcova, Wyoming
Many members of the Martin handcart company died in Martin’s Cove, but many more were rescued. Today people visit the cove as a place of reverence, remembrance, and gratitude.
Sixth Crossing: Lander, Wyoming
Rescuers arrived just in time to save many members of the Willie handcart company at their sixth crossing of the Sweetwater River. Today the area features a visitors’ center.
Rock Creek Hollow: Lander, Wyoming
The Willie handcart company came to Rock Creek Hollow after a grueling hike over Rocky Ridge. This area now features a memorial honoring their faith and sacrifice.
Pioneer Journeys—More Than a Trek
Latter Day Saints often go to great lengths to honor Mormon Pioneers. Their appreciation deepens when they come to understand why the pioneers did what they did.
What to Expect When You Visit the Mormon Handcart Historic Sites
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Cove Fort Historic Site: Cove Fort, Utah
Tabernacle to Temple: Provo’s Legacy of Worship: Provo, Utah
The Provo City Center Temple incorporates materials and designs from the Utah Stake Tabernacle that caught fire in 2010. Learn about the houses of worship that have been built on this city block since the 1850s.
The St. George Tabernacle: United Effort in Southern Utah: St George, Utah
Learn about a building that has been at the center of a Latter-day Saint community since the 1860s. Catch a glimpse of the Saints’ efforts to construct and renovate the St. George Tabernacle.
Why Historic Sites: Sacred Places Help Us Remember God's Hand
Discover why The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints goes to such great lengths to restore and preserve historic sites.