Historic sites hold a sacred and significant place in the Church, said Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy and historian of the Church.
"There are few places on earth that can aid and grow faith better than historic sites," he said.
Elder Jensen was one of several General Authorities who instructed the seven newly called visitors center directors and their wives during the training Jan. 12-14 held in the Provo Missionary Training Center and at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.
Under the influence of the Spirit that exists in these places, he said, testimonies can be born that will affect anyone who comes with a particle of faith, even if they come with only a desire to know.
He recounted how, as a mission president serving in the New York Rochester Mission in the early 1990s, he and his wife were driving past the Hill Cumorah on their way to a zone conference when his wife mentioned they were passing the site where the sacred record was preserved and delivered to the Prophet Joseph. The significance of these sites, he cautioned, should never be taken for granted.