This stop was mine and Andrew's stop to tell the family about:) On April 6, 1830, in a small log home belonging to Peter Whitmer Sr., the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. and five other men formally organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The first and second general conferences of the Church were also held here. It was in this home that Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery completed the translation of the Book of Mormon.
In the nearby woods an angel showed the gold plates to Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris and David Whitmer, in the company of the Prophet Joseph Smith. These were the same plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated.
The Log Home was reconstructed in 1980 and is an example of the type of log homes built when the Whitmers moved to Fayette, New York between 1807 and 1809. The Log Home is furnished with household artifacts of that same period.
It was really nice to see where all of those events took place way back when. When I read church history now I can put a visual with a lot of the places where joseph smith and his followers would congregate at. I wish that this temple belonged to the church still! This is such a huge part of the history of our faith. It is owned by some other church now and there is no feeling of the spirit inside.
One of the most memorable stop along the way was here in Kirtland Ohio for two reasons... one was the temple and the history behind it as well as the historic Kirtland and two...because I had a prayer answered here... a selfish prayer that I never thought I would happen...- Amy and Leon were in charge of this place on our trip, they gathered all the information so they could tell us as we went.. lucky for them there were sister missionaries to do all the explaining so they got to enjoy it too:)Providing an excellent orientation to historic Kirtland, the spacious visitors’ center was built as a replica of a ten-thousand-square-foot, two-story gristmill. The center displays photographs and paintings of early Kirtland, and a newly produced film, which is shown in the 120-seat theater, transports visitors back to the wintry February of 1831 when the Prophet Joseph Smith and his wife, Emma, arrived in Kirtland from Fayette, New York. The story of earlier missionaries called to the Lamanites and their stop in Kirtland on the way to the Missouri frontier, as well as the subsequent challenges and triumphs of the Saints in building a temple, are told through the experiences of the Newel K. Whitney family. After stepping out of the theater, visitors see a beautiful panoramic window that provides an overview of the restored buildings of historic Kirtland.
John Johnson Inn (rebuilt)
Newel K Whitney Home
The Newel K. Whitney store. In 1988 the Church received a presidential historic preservation award for the restoration of the building and presentation of its 1830 contents. This village store and post office played a significant part in the Restoration and growth of the Church in the 1830s. The store itself was located on the left side of the lower floor. Levi Hancock remodeled the building in 1832 to include living quarters for the Prophet Joseph and his family, as well as a room for a school and an office for translation work on the Bible. These rooms can be seen on the upper floor from the outside. The large room on the southeast corner served as the translation room, with the school of the prophets room behind, directly to the north, and a private bedroom on the northwest corner. Joseph and his family lived here from 1832 to 1834. I don't quite remember the purpose of the cellar.....