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Palmyra, New York is the spiritual home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).  In 1820, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith in a grove near his family home near Palmyra.   That "First Vision" was to set in motion events that would lead to the founding of a church whose membership today totals over 15 million worldwide.

Palmyra Temple
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regard the temple as the most sacred place on Earth.  The Palmyra Temple (pictured right), the 100th temple built by the Church, stands on a hill overlooking the Sacred Grove, the site of the "First Vision."

While consecrating holy ground for the Palmyra Temple, Church President Gordon B. Hinckley stated: "This is where it all began. I regard this temple as perhaps the most significant in one respect in the entire Church."

Other historic Church properties include:

  • Joseph Smith Family Farm, including Frame Home, Log Cabin & the Sacred Grove
  • Hill Cumorah & Visitors' Center
  • Hill Cumorah Pageant 2019 - July 12, 13, 16-20
  • Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site - Grandin Building
  • Martin Harris Farm
  • Alvin Smith Grave Site
  • Peter Whitmer Farm (Fayette, NY)

Hill Cumorah


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