Palmyra, New York, USA
February 2020

“Palmyra, New York, USA,” Ensign, February 2020

The Church Is Here

Palmyra, New York, USA

New York. Ontario Co. Manchester. Smith family farm

Photograph by Anne Michelle Bailey

Many significant events in the early days of the Restoration took place in and around Palmyra, beginning with the First Vision in a grove by the Smith family home (replica shown above).


Acres of wooded land that the Smith family purchased in 1817


People visit the Sacred Grove each year

3 miles (5 km)

From the Smith home to the Hill Cumorah


First-edition copies of the Book of Mormon printed at the Grandin Print Shop in Palmyra


Members when the Church was officially organized in Fayette, New York, 30 miles (48 km) from Palmyra

1820: The First Vision

1823: Angel Moroni visits Joseph Smith

1830: Book of Mormon published; Church officially organized on April 6

2000: Palmyra New York Temple dedicated on April 6