Joseph and Emma Smith lived in this home for one year. While they were there, Joseph received 16 revelations that are now recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants. He also worked on his inspired translation of the Bible. President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Johnson Home on October 28, 2001, after which it was opened to the public.
One night a group of men broke into this home and ripped Joseph from his bed. They forced him outside and carried him to a meadow some distance away, where they tarred and feathered him. The next day, after Emma nursed his wounds and cleaned the tar and feathers from his skin, he delivered a sermon.
Probably the most well-known revelation Joseph Smith received in the Johnson Home is the vision recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 76. In that vision, he and Sidney Rigdon saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and learned of different kingdoms of glory that people will inherit after they are resurrected.