Smith farm in Palmyra, New
June 3, 2002
|A new website at www.dcsites.com
takes visitors on a scriptural and visual tour of
more than 40 locations and 100 photographs showing
where every revelation recorded in the Doctrine and
Covenants was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith
and his successors. Church members frequently
visit about half the sites, but the other locations
are not as well known.
In 2001, church member Steve Mortensen determined to
visit every location where a Doctrine and Covenants
revelation was received, and there read the
corresponding sections and photograph the area.
"I believe that the spirit of the place enhances the spirit of the
message," said Mortensen. "I wanted
to see and feel the places where God had spoken to
modern-day prophets, hoping to deepen my
understanding of and appreciation for this marvelous
book of scripture."
He contacted BYU church history professors and CES
scholars looking for a comprehensive and detailed
list of revelation sites, but was repeatedly advised
that it did not exist. "I was going to
have to put one together as best I could,"
Mortensen explained. His final list of
revelation sites was developed from many sources,
including published books, personal interviews, old
maps, local historian data, journals, and research
papers. It includes places like Union Street
in Salem, Massachusetts; Turkey Creek and Kimball
Row in Florence, Nebraska; and the Wilford Woodruff
farmhouse in Salt Lake City, Utah.
After making several presentations of his research
and travels, Mortensen determined to make the
information and photographs as widely available as
possible. He created the website in the hopes
of conveying something of the spirit of those places
made sacred by what transpired there.