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Harmony

Harmony

Joseph and Emma lived in a small home on this property, which was purchased from Isaac Hale. The area today is known as Oakland.

 

Isaac Hale and his family lived here when Joseph first came to the area while working for Josiah Stowell. Joseph boarded in the Hale home.

 

It was at this home that Joseph first met his future wife Emma, Isaac’s daughter.

 

Tombstones of Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, in the cemetery adjacent to the Aaronic Priesthood restoration site.

 

Westward view of the cemetery, toward the location of Joseph and Emma’s first home.

 

The first child born to Joseph and Emma died, and was buried here.

 

The loss of their first child Alvin was among the first of many sorrows the Smith family encountered.

 

Westward view of the Aaronic Priesthood restoration location, including the site where Joseph and Emma lived.

 

Plaque commemorating the events that transpired here.

 

Monument commemorating the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist.

 

From this location, the Priesthood has gone forth to fill the world.

 

At this home, the Prophet with Martin Harris acting as scribe, completed the translation of 116 pages of the Book of Mormon from April to June 1828.

 

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the priesthood from John the Baptist and baptized each other in this vicinity in May 1829.

 

Some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of church history is found along the banks of this river.

 

Oliver and Joseph were working on the translation of the Book of Mormon when they came to passages concerning baptism and authority.

 

The river flows several hundred yards behind the Smith home.

 

15 sections of the Doctrine and Covenants were revealed to the Prophet while he lived in this area.

 

Some of the Book of Mormon was translated in the Smith home nearby.

 

Samuel Smith, brother of the Prophet, was baptized shortly after Joseph and Oliver.

 

Chapter 1 of the Book of Moses was revealed to the Prophet in Harmony during June 1830.

 

Somewhere north of this area, Peter, James, and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph and Oliver on a subsequent occasion.

 

Just as the water of this river continues to flow, so the Priesthood restored continues to move forward to fill the earth.

 

Joseph and Emma finally moved from the area to the Whitmer home in Fayette, New York in the summer of 1830.