|Many of those early men and women who worked for abolition and women's rights.|
|Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home|
In 1828, the Whitmers were farming. (They had settled in Fayette back in 1809). A letter arrived from Joseph and Oliver. They were being threatened by people in Harmony (including some of Emma's relatives) and asked if they could come to the Whitmer's home to finish translating the Book of Mormon. Peter Whitmer (David's father) said now was the time for plowing, not guests. But, he said, if David could finish plowing, he would reconsider. David threw himself into the farm work but it was progressing slowly. David prayed that if the translation was God's work to prepare a way that his family could be part of it. One day, he went out to begin plowing and saw that a good portion had been plowed. He was able to complete in one day what should have taken at least 2. His father told him to go get Joseph and Oliver as soon as he added the plaster of paris to the soil. Farmers in the area added plaster of paris to the soil to make it less acidic. The next day, he went to get the plaster which was kept near his sister's home. It wasn't there. His sister said that the day before, she and her children had seen 3 men putting the plaster of paris into the soil. She thought he had hired them, but he knew nothing about it. God had provided a way. Peter told David to go get the wagon and get Oliver and Joseph, which he did.
One day, Mary Whitmer went to the barn. A gentleman was there. It startled her. But he showed her the gold plates. She was the only woman to ever see the plates.
Most of the Whitmers eventually left the church (although some returned), but none denied their testimony of the Book of Mormon.
Sarah Ellen Conrad worked for Mary Whitmer. Sarah asked what was going on in the home. At first, Mary wouldn't tell her. But eventually she did. Sarah was baptized and years later went to Utah with the Saints.
The Whitmer home is also where the church was organized on April 6, 1830.
In D&C 135: 3 it says, "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!" One of the talks we heard in sacrament meeting in Palmyra was based around this verse of scripture and all that Joseph had done for the salvation of mankind. Ultimately, we can say that Joseph did more for the salvation of man than any other save Jesus Christ because he restored the saving ordinances and because he made the Atonement of Jesus Christ accessible to more people than at any other period of history on Earth. He helped make it possible for us to "come unto Christ and be perfected in Him."
|Inside the Visitor Center|
|Can you see the cute little frog that Ella spotted?|
|Sure love this girl!|
|I think I already mentioned how much I love that there are historical signs all over upstate New York. I can't remember which town this was in, but I loved seeing the history all around us.|