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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Thoughts: Historic Palmyra, Joseph Smith and The Book of Mormon

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
Hill Cumorah, 653 State Route 21,Palmyra, NY 14522

My lesson in Sunday School about the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon "growing together" has brought back memories of my trip in Palmyra last summer. 


Smith Farm & Log House, 843 Stafford Road,Palmyra, NY 14522

Palmyra is just a quiet little village in upstate New York yet it is a magnet for many visitors, because of the places which relate to both The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and American history. Many sites were preserved or reconstructed by the LDS Church which are available for free tours (with guides or self - guided) all year-round. 


Sacred Grove, 843 Stafford Road,Palmyra, New York 14522

I was happy to visit the Smith farm and reconstructed Smith family log house, Sacred Grove and Hill Cumorah, places where the prophet Joseph Smith  has lived and received the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. 


This log house is a representation of what the Smith family home looked like in the 1800s. It was in this log house that Joseph Smith lived as a young boy, before the Smith family built a larger frame home nearby. 



(1) In 1820, Joseph Smith who was then a 14-year-old boy  has read James 1: 5 in the Holy Bible that motivated him to seek wisdom on his standing before God and which Christian religion he should join.He went to the woods near his home to pray.


(2) Joseph found a quiet spot in a grove of trees and prayed and saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in vision. The Lord told Joseph not to join any of the churches because none of them were true, but he was promised "that the fullness of the Gospel should at some future time be made known unto him".



(3) On 21 September 1823, Joseph was praying when light filled the attic bedroom and angel Moroni appeared. Moroni told Joseph about writings by some ancient prophets engraven on gold plates which was buried on a nearby hill. He was directed to receive golden plates at some future time.




(4) Finally, on 22 September 1827, Joseph was entrusted with the plates, lifting them from the stone box buried under a large stone on Hill Cumorah. Joseph Smith was directed to translate the ancient writings and later printed at the Grandin Building.


The trip gave me a greater appreciation for the Book of Mormon and a stronger confirmation that it is true. Like the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ and draws us closer to God as we read it daily.


"Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do" (2 Nephi 32:3). 



31 comments:

YANI said...

To see is to believe <3 Or Believing is seeing. Whichever applies to you your faith is the most important thing :)

Ness said...

Wow! This place is amazing. I hope makapag abroad din ako. hehe. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

athena said...

the log house looks very homey :)

Paliiits said...

There's reaaly something about log houses. May look creepy but at the same time, so homey and serene. Whatever it is, I'm happy for you mam, that you get the privilege to go to places :)

Ingat!

Kathy Ngo said...

Nakakatuwa mga lugar na pinupuntahan mo. Kakaiba e.

lovette jam said...

Ang ganda ng log house -- homey and relaxing. ideal for reflections. :)

Leah. said...

When I see log houses, I think about the houses in the RE4 game. haha.. But that's just me, so...

I think this is a great place to visit when one's in NY. :)

Irene @ Inspiration From The Little Things said...

Sounds like a very enriching experience! It's a blessing that you were able to go there :-)

Didi said...

Awesome place. It feels like a good place to reflect and be thankful for each day that comes.

Cheska Cruz said...

The log house looks so comfy and at the same time peaceful. I'm sure it's a great experience to be there. =) Cheers!

V3ronic4 L4ur3l said...

I saw a similar house here in the Philippines but it's in the province.
I want to build a log house someday :D

Hazel said...

Being a farm girl at heart, farm tours are always a hit for me. Your post is a charmer.

gagay said...

a historic and a sacred place as well..kakainggit mga trips mo sis.. ;D

Jenny O'Toole said...

I like log house. I like house that is made of wood. It seems like nice and peaceful to leave there.

Gil Camporazo | RandomThoughts! said...

Yes, what you've seen and what you've felt deep inside your heart about The Book of Mormon is true and I do testify it. I've strong faith about it. I've been converted with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 32 years. Those places you've personally visited and those houses, especially the another new testament of Jesus Christ, which is The Book of Mormon, are all connected with Joseph Smith, the restoration prophet of this dispensation of times. I know you've been blessed for such a visit you've made. As I see the pictures one by one, I became emotional and carried away with spiritual gratefulness I've had with Joseph Smith, that without his instrumentality, the true Church of Jesus Christ has not been restored and existed as of this writing. I'm very happy for this blog I read. Thanks!

michi said...

ang nice naman nung house. you've been so many places na. =) sana makapag rtw din ako.

Vonn Angelie David said...

ilike the cabin like feel...

Tess Chancellor said...

I love your story about Joseph Smith and the Lord .The book of Mormon is a book to read.

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

Thanks @Yani, @Ness, @Athena, @Paliits for the comments.the log house is homey and serene. but looking back when 11 people were staying there, the house seems very simple and small. I was happy to be there and see it for myself. My faith which is to hope for things not seen but true just got strengthened.

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

Thanks @Kathy, @Lovette, @ Irene and @Leah. I feel blessed to have wonderful friends and family whose generosity allowed me to see places!

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

Thanks @Didi, @Cheska, @Veronica, @Hazel, @Jenny, @ Gagay.homey,great for reflections,serene, sacred,historic,nice and peaceful are all fitting descriptions of this charming place!but the actual place where i reflected was at the sacred grove! it was so wonderful to be there! i could feel how young boy Joseph felt getting over the forces of evil and seeing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ!

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

wow Gil! You are an LDS!! it is a pleasant surprise. but glad there is a strong member in the blogsphere. what ward? I've been a member for 25 years by April 11.I am so happy to actually see LDS Historic Sites and i'm thinking of puttinga page of it in my blog!

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

@Michi I'm sure you'll be able to do RTW.continue to desire it and it will happen. i still have lots of places i want to go! @Vonn thanks.cabin are cool.

Blanca said...

I was suddenly intrigued by the story of Mr. Smith. The log house looked lovely, wish I can see that too, as it is magkakasya na lang ako sa pagtingin ng photos mo.:)

Mhe-anne Ojeda said...

Tess, I have been reading the Book of Mormon since I was 12 and seeing where it was found and first published just confirmed my testimony that it is true. I get closer to God knowing how the Book of Mormon serves as another witness of Jesus Christ and His divinity. you can click the click on Book of Mormon to read the book! Thanks

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Shirgie Scf said...

that place looks solemn and peacceful. good place to pray and meditate

markpogi said...

The place reminds me of staying in the province but without the loghouse. I hope I could build one in my lifetime. =)

Chilipina said...

I love the log house :)

Philippine Wedding Resources said...

Very nice place !!

Danecca said...

Wow! ang ganda naman ng lugar na yan..I hope someday,I can travel there also....=)

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