A reconstructed log home
and a visitors’ center commemorate events associated with the organization of the Church. The visitors’ center includes artifacts, a film
, and interactive displays about the translation of the Book of Mormon and the founding and growth of the Church.
Peter and Mary Whitmer
allowed Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to live in their home in June 1829 so the two men could complete the translation of the Book of Mormon. Joseph’s wife, Emma, later joined them there. The Whitmer farm was also the place where the angel Moroni showed three men, now known as the Three Witnesses
, the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. On April 6, 1830, about 55 people gathered in the Whitmers’ home
, where Joseph Smith presided over the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On the 150th anniversary of the organization of the Church, President Spencer W. Kimball presided over a session of the Church’s general conference held at the Peter Whitmer Farm. On this occasion, President Kimball also dedicated the reconstructed log home
. Today the Church’s membership is greater than 16 million. Latter-day Saints gather each Sunday in more than 30,000 congregations throughout the world.