This week in Church history

25 years ago

President N. Eldon Tanner, second counselor in the First Presidency, would dedicate the Peter Whitmer farm as a visitors and information center, announced the July 11, 1970, issue of the Church News.

According to the article, the dedication would take place on Sunday, July 26, and President Tanner would be joined by other Church leaders including mission and stake leaders in the Eastern states.

"It was in the one-and-a-half-story log home of Peter Whitmer in Fayette Township, Seneca County, New York, that the Church was organized by Joseph Smith and five other associates on April 6, 1830. The original home was razed about 1873. A new house was erected on the property in 1888.

"It is this home, which has been in the possession of the Church since its purchase in 1926, that has been enlarged and remodeled to serve as a visitors center."

Visitors to the site were to be told of this and related events by missionary guides and by "illustrations, dioramas and other displays."

While in the East, President Tanner was also expected to attend the Hill Cumorah pageant, "America's Witness For Christ."

Quote from the past

"I always feel much pleasure in addressing a congregation of the Saints when I am inspired by the Holy Ghost, for then I can be of benefit to those who hear."

  • Elder Wilford Woodruff, in an address given April 22, 1860, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

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