We spent a day touring around the church history sites in Palmyra, New York. This is where Joseph Smith and his family lived when he read James 1:5 and decided to pray and ask God which church is true. “I retired to the woods to make the attempt (to pray). It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty.” (JSH 1:14)

In the picture below we are in a replica of his family’s log cabin. It is a small three room cabin with an attic where all of the kids slept. We learned that in 1830 you were taxed based on the height of your roof, so they had a very low roof even though they were all fairly tall.

Smith Family Log Cabin

Sacred Grove

We took some time to walk around the Sacred Grove and ponder and pray. You can feel that this is a very special place. It is wonderful to feel the spirit so strong.


The Sacred Grove is such a peaceful, beautiful place. I know why Joseph chose this place to pray to our Heavenly Father.

Palmyra Temple

We walked around the Palmyra temple after visiting the Smith farm and Sacred Grove.

Hill Cumorah and Visitor Center

This is the only visitor center that has the Sacred Grove behind the Christus statue.


Here we are on top of the Hill Cumorah.


It is actually a really tall hill. It is hard to tell, but we tried out best to capture that in a picture.

Grandin Building: Book of Mormon Publication Site

We took a tour of the Grandin Building which is where the Book of Mormon was first published. It was quite miraculous that they had available to them a print shop with the capability to print the Book of Mormon.

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