Hiram, Ohio
John Johnson home
Sections 1, 65, (66), 67, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 76, 77, (78), 79, 80, 81, 99, and 133
October 1831 to August 1832
"What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."
Doctrine and Covenants 1:38
"And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all which we give of him: That he lives!
Joseph, Emma, and the Murdock twins slept in this room when mobbers attacked, dragged the Prophet into a nearby field, then tarred and feathered him.
"For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father-
"That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God."
Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24
John Johnson home and farm, where Joseph and Emma lived from 1831 to 1832. This was headquarters of the Church during that time. Joseph preached sermons to groups gathered in front of the home.
Key Events
Home of Joseph and Emma Smith from September 1831 to September 1832.
Many Church conferences were held here.
A mob tarred and feathered Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in a field in front of the home in March 1832.
The Prophet worked on the inspired translation of the Bible here.
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw God the Father Jesus Christ in a vision, and also beheld the Degrees of Glory.
The Johnson family was prominent in the Church. Two sons become members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and a daughter married Orson Hyde, who was also an Apostle.
The decision to print the revelations received by Joseph Smith occurred during a conference held here. That book, called the Book of Commandments, was the forerunner of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Between 15 and 17 revelations now included in the Doctrine and Covenants were received here.
The downstairs room where the Prophet met with visitors and conducted leadership meetings. Sections 1 and 133 were received in this room.
Words of Joseph Smith
"From the first to the twelfth of November we held four special conferences. In the last which was held at Brother Johnson's, in Hiram, after deliberate consideration, in consequence of the book of revelations, now to be printed, being the foundation of the Church in these last days, and a benefit to the world, showing that the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom of our Savior are again entrusted to man; and the riches of eternity within the compass of those who are willing to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God--therefore the conference voted that they prize the revelations to be worth to the Church the riches of the whole earth, speaking temporally. The great benefits to the world which result from the Book of Mormon and the revelations which the Lord has seen fit in His infinite wisdom to grant unto us for our salvation, and for the salvation of all that will believe, were duly appreciated." (History of the Church 1:235)
"Nothing could be more pleasing to the Saints upon the order of the kingdom of the Lord, than the light which burst upon the world through the foregoing vision. Every law, every commandment, every promise, every truth, and every point touching the destiny of man, from Genesis to Revelation, where the purity of the scriptures remains unsullied by the folly of men, go to show the perfection of the theory [of different degrees of glory in the future life] and witnesses the fact that that document is a transcript from the records of the eternal world. The sublimity of the ideas; the purity of the language; the scope for action; the continued duration for completion, in order that the heirs of salvation may confess the Lord and bow the knee; the rewards for faithfulness, and the punishments for sins, are so much beyond the narrow-mindedness of men, that every honest man is constrained to exclaim: 'It came from God.'" (History of the Church 1:252)
Most revelations were received in the upstairs room, including a vision of the Savior by Joseph and his assistant Sidney Rigdon.
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