Kirtland, Ohio
Isaac Morley Farm
Sections 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 63, and 64
March 1831 to September 1831
"Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
"I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.
"Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.
The Chillicothe Trail passes near the Morley farm, and was used by many early saints for travel to and from northeast.
"Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days."
Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-10, 33-34
After a brief stay with the Whitney family, Joseph and Emma moved to this property for about six and a half months, where many important doctrines were revealed to the 25-year old prophet.
Key Events
Residence of Joseph and Emma Smith from March to September 1831.
The Smith twins were born here, and died the same day. The Smith's adopted the Murdock twins when their mother died shortly after childbirth.
The first High Priests were ordained at a conference here.
Joseph here prophesied that the Saints would eventually go to the Rocky Mountains.
Several brethren saw a vision of the Father and the Son during a meeting.
The young Prophet received 13 Doctrine and Covenants revelations while living at the Morley Farm.
The fourth Conference of the Church was held in a small cabin on a hill overlooking the farm, where Joseph prophesied that the Church would eventually fill the entire earth. The cabin stood in the vicinity of a modern private home.
Words of Joseph Smith
"Brethren I have been very much edified and instructed in your testimonies here tonight, but I want to say to you before the Lord, that you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe upon its mother's lap. You don't comprehend it . . . It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see here tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America - it will fill the world . . . This people will go into the Rocky Mountains; they will there build temples to the Most High. They will raise up a posterity there, and the Latter-day Saints who dwell in these mountains will stand in the flesh until the coming of the Son of Man." (Reported by Wilford Woodruff in Conference Report, April 1898, 57)
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