Family Church History
The Basic Plan:
Join us on a tour through history. We'll start in Missouri, go up to New York and Ohio, through Nebraska and end in Salt Lake City.
- Far West This was the largest Mormon settlement in Missouri. A site for a temple was dedicated at this location (see D&C 115). Here on July 8, 1838, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles received a call from the Lord to serve missions in the British Isles (see D&C 118).
- Adam-ondi-Ahman The Lord identified this place in upper Missouri as the site where a future great gathering will take place when Jesus Christ comes to meet with Adam and his righteous posterity (see D&C 78:15; 107:53–57; 116).
- Liberty Jail Joseph Smith and others were unjustly imprisoned here from December 1838 to April 1839. In the midst of troubled times for the Church, Joseph called on the Lord for direction and received D&C 121–23.
- Nauvoo Located on the Mississippi River, this area was the gathering place for the Saints from 1839 through 1846. Here a temple was built, and ordinances such as baptism for the dead, the endowment, and the sealing of couples began. Here the Relief Society was organized in 1842. Revelations received include D&C 124–29.
- Carthage Here the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were martyred on June 27, 1844 (see D&C 135).
- Joseph Smith Sr. Log Home The angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith in an upper room of this home on September 21–22, 1823 (see JS—H 1:29–47).
- Sacred Grove Joseph Smith Jr.’s First Vision occurred in a woodland on the Smith farm in the early spring of 1820 (see JS—H 1:11–20).
- Hill Cumorah Here the angel Moroni gave the Prophet Joseph Smith the gold plates on September 22, 1827 (see JS—H 1:50–54, 59).
- Martin Harris Farm This farm was mortgaged and part of its acreage sold to pay for the printing of the Book of Mormon.
- E. B. Grandin Print Shop 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were printed here 1829–30.
- Newel K. Whitney Store The First Presidency of the Church was given the keys of the kingdom here. The School of the Prophets met here during the winter of 1833. The JST was in the process of completion here in 1833. Joseph and Emma lived here from 1832 to 1833. Joseph received many revelations here.
- Johnson Inn The inn contained the first printing office in Kirtland. The Evening and the Morning Starwas printed here following the destruction of the printing press in Jackson County, Missouri. The Twelve Apostles left from here on May 4, 1835, for their first missions.
- Kirtland Temple This temple was the first in this dispensation. Jesus Christ appeared and accepted the temple. Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared and restored certain priesthood keys (see D&C 110). The School of the Prophets also met here. Revelations received here: D&C 109–10; 137.Kirtland On August 17, 1835, the Doctrine and Covenants was adopted as scripture. Revelations received in Kirtland include D&C 41–50; 52–56;63–64; 72; 78; 84–98; 101–4; 106–10; 112; 134; and 137. Section 104 designates certain properties to be given as stewardships to Church members participating in the united order (seeverses 19–46).
- Winter Quarters The largest temporary settlement for the Saints (1846–48) en route to the Salt Lake Valley. The Camp of Israel was organized for the westward journey (see D&C 136).
- Council Bluffs (Kanesville) The First Presidency was sustained here on December 27, 1847, with Brigham Young as President.