Birthplace of Joseph Smith Jr., Founder and first Prophet of the LDS (Mormon) Church
On this spot, December 23rd, 1805, Joseph Smith Jr., was born to Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. Joseph Jr,. was the fifth of ultimately eleven children born to the family. It would be in 1820 after moving to Palmyra, New York that Joseph Smith Jr. had his vision of God and Jesus Christ and being called to restore the Church of Christ back to the earth. The farm no longer exists in Vermont, but on this spot there is a memorial on the spot where the farm once stood.
Backstory and Context
In 1884, an LDS church leader, Junius Wells, visited the the town of Sharon and set forth plans to construct a memorial at Joseph Smith Jr's birthplace. Under the direction of the President of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, Wells began planning and construction of a monument and a cottage house for meetings and visitors. Completed in 1905, President Joseph F. Smith dedicated the area on Dec. 23rd, 1905, on the 100th anniversary of Joseph Smith Jr's birth. Today there is a visitor's center and meetinghouse. Admission is free.
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