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Sacred Grove

Palmyra and Manchester, New York

The Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York, is the site where Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, visited young Joseph Smith in 1820. That visit, often called the First Vision, was the founding event of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Sacred Grove was part of the farmland originally owned by the Smith family, and today it is a healthy and peaceful forest that is open to the public year-round. Winding paths provide many places for visitors to contemplate the event that occurred here. For information about visiting the Sacred Grove and Joseph Smith’s boyhood home, click or tap here.

On a spring day in 1820, 14-year-old Joseph Smith went alone to this grove of trees and prayed. He was confused about the claims of different religions in the area, and he wanted to know which church he should join. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came in answer to his prayer. Their answer changed his life, and it continues to change the lives of millions of people throughout the world. To learn more about the events that brought Joseph Smith to pray in the Sacred Grove, click or tap here.  

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The First Vision: Journey to the Sacred Grove

Walk with the boy Joseph Smith into the Sacred Grove—after learning about the experiences that led him there.

Interactive Map: Smith Family Farm and Sacred Grove

Explore places where the Restoration of the gospel began: the Sacred Grove and a reconstruction of the log home where Moroni first visited Joseph Smith. Learn about other historic and modern buildings that now exist at the Smith family farm.

The Sacred Grove

Consider the history of the Sacred Grove, including recent efforts to preserve it for future generations.

Stand in the Sacred Grove

Read, watch, or listen to this sermon in which Elder Marlin K. Jensen, an emeritus member of the Seventy, shares lessons we can learn from the Sacred Grove.

Time Line: Palmyra, Fayette, and Harmony

Study this time line to see relationships between the Church’s historic sites in New York and Pennsylvania.

What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in New York and Pennsylvania

Find information that can help you plan a visit to the Smith Family Farm and Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumorah, the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site, the Peter Whitmer Farm, and the Priesthood Restoration Site.