10 spots in church history to see, experience

Published: Monday, May 9 2011 4:00 a.m. MDT

The Hiram and Sarah Granger Kimball Home is one of many historically restored homes visitors can tour. During the construction of the original Nauvoo Temple in the early 1840s, Sarah Granger Kimball contributed by sewing shirts for the workers. She played a role in the establishment of a women’s charitable organization that eventually became the Relief Society. The white home, one of the oldest in the city, is secluded from other homes, and as a result, few take the tour.

“What is so interesting about this home is as you finish your tour, your are talking about building the temple, then you walk back outside and you see the temple from her house,” Utt said.

Winter Quarter’s cemetery

The cemetery is located next to the Winter Quarters Temple and across the street from the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha, Neb.

Mormon pioneers built a temporary settlement at Winter Quarters with more than 800 cabins during the winter of 1846–1847 while they waited for better conditions for their trek westward. While witnessing a glimpse of the “Mormon Migration,” visit the one remaining headstone and approximately 300 unmarked pioneer graves in the cemetery.

“It’s a nice way to conclude your time there and take a moment to reflect on their experiences as they were preparing to come to Utah,” Utt said.

Devil’s Gate, Wyo.

Most people go to Martin’s Cove to experience the story of the Martin handcart company rescue. But what many miss is the trail near the visitor’s center that turns east (away from Martin’s Cove) and follows a short hike a narrow gorge in the mountain with cliffs that stretch 400 feet above the rushing Sweetwater River. Devil’s Gate was a major landmark on the trail west.

“Anyone who came, whether they were going to Utah, Oregon or California, walked past Devil’s Gate,” Utt said. “You can go there, dip your feet in the water and have a moment with the trail.”

Cardston Alberta Temple

The Cardston Alberta Temple, built from 1913 to 1923, was the first temple built in Canada, as well as the first built outside the United States. Mormon settlers founded Cardston, located just 15 miles north of the US-Canada border, in 1887. The Cardston area tells part of the story of pioneer Mormonism after Utah.

“We have the famous pioneer temples of Utah, but the Cardston temple is one of the first modern temples the church has built. The architecture and craftsmanship are very unique,” Boatright said. “It stands out … as one of the gems architecturally that the church has.”

The pulpit of the St. George Tabernacle

There are several historic sites in St. George, but for Utt, one spot that stands out is the pulpit of the St. George Tabernacle. Tours of the pioneer building conclude at the pulpit, where multiple prophets have spoken, from Brigham Young to David O. McKay, including Lorenzo Snow’s famous 1899 tithing revelation.

“The tabernacle is right in the center of town, so that building has been a landmark in that city since construction started in the 1860s,” Utt said.

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