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25 years ago

The historic John Johnson home, where Joseph Smith received 15 revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, was dedicated May 5, 1969, by Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Council of the Twelve.

According to the May 17, 1969, issue of the Church News, the dedication service was attended by about 70 people and conducted by Pres. E. Garrett Barlow of the Ohio Mission. Elder James A. Cullimore, Assistant to the Twelve, assisted Elder Petersen in the dedication.

The Church had purchased the home and several hundred surrounding acres and renovated the building into a visitors center, which included paintings, illustrations, statues and other exhibits. The Johnson farm is located about 35 miles southeast of Kirtland, between Mantua and Hiram, Ohio.

Three rooms in the home had been utilized for displays, one depicting the message of the three degrees of glory detailed in the 76th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, a revelation received by the Prophet and Sidney Rigdon at the home.

"The 76th Section, which was received in this very house, is worth all the sacrifices Joseph Smith ever made," noted Elder Petersen in his remarks prior to giving the dedicatory prayer.

Quote from the past

"The religion that we have espoused connects time with eternity, heaven with earth, this world with the next." - President John Taylor, in address given Dec. 11, 1881, in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

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