Palmyra, NY


Palmyra, NY

Top Left:  Sacred Grove

Located in Palmyra and Manchester Townships, New York. This grove of trees stands just west of where the Smith family’s small log house was located in 1820.

Significant Event: The appearance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to the Prophet Joseph Smith took place in this grove (JS—H 1:14–20).

Top Right:  Hill Cumorah

Looking northward, this photograph shows the Hill Cumorah in Manchester, New York.  The white monument visible on the north end of the hill honors the angel Moroni and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The Hill Cumorah is located about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) southeast of the Sacred Grove. Near the top of the photograph is Palmyra Village, 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) distant. The Smith farm and the Sacred Grove are situated at the upper left side of the photograph.

Significant Events: The family of the Prophet Joseph Smith lived in this area at the time of the First Vision (JS—H 1:3). In A.D. 421, Moroni buried a set of gold plates in the Hill Cumorah containing the sacred history of his people (W of M 1:1–11; Morm. 6:6;Moro. 10:1–2). This same Moroni told Joseph Smith where to find the plates on the hill. Moroni delivered them to him in 1827 (D&C 27:5; 128:20; JS—H 1:33–35, 51–54, 59).

Bottom Left:  Grandin Building

The restored print shop of Egbert B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, where the first edition of the Book of Mormon was published in 1830. Martin Harris mortgaged his farm and sold part of it to pay the cost of printing 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon. Typesetting began in August 1829, and finished copies were available March 26, 1830.

Significant Event: Martin Harris was commanded to impart freely of his property to pay the debt for the printing of the Book of Mormon (D&C 19:26–35)

Bottom Right:  Smith Log Home

Replica of the Joseph Smith Sr. home, built on the site of the original log house near Palmyra, New York. The Smith family built the original 1½-story hewn-log home not long after they arrived in Palmyra. The family lived here from 1819 to 1825.

Significant Events: The Prophet Joseph Smith studied the Bible in this house as he struggled to learn which church was right (JS—H 1:11–13). Moroni appeared to Joseph and told him of the Book of Mormon plates (JS—H 1:30–47).