Visiting the Sacred Grove and finding a sacred place

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  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    May 20, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    I hope I get the chance to go here one day. It would be quite an experience.

    May 16, 2014 6:23 a.m.

    When I first went there a number of years back, the amphitheater was still in place in the grove. Though not used in October when we were there, I recalled its significance to my sister, who participated in the pageant in the 1950's. So I was glad to get to see it, and in my mind's eye, imagine the large numbers of pageant participants who had sat on those seats for morning devotionals and had their testimonies magnified. We walked around a bit under the trees, wondering if we were stepping on the exact spot where Joseph knelt in prayer. That's impossible to determine, of course.
    I've gone back a number of times; the amphitheater was no longer in the grove. Instead, a more intimate series of trails and benches allowed for visitors to sit, read, ponder, and pray silently or in small groups. That experience is in many ways more meaningful than the previous large group ones, and shows wisdom for the decision to make the adjustments. Testimony is a personal thing.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    May 14, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    I got a chance to go there with my parents and siblings several years ago. It is a beautiful and sacred spot. What I think I appreciated the most was that, with the exception of the sign and history of the grove posted at the entrance (or thereabouts), there were no markers, no plaques inside the grove trying to insist or suggest that this was the spot young Joseph knelt. And of course we don't know where exactly the vision took place -- near that tree, or by that rock. But just to wander about and feel that indeed something unique and glorious took place somewhere among-st these quiet, but testifying trees.

  • Here Sandy, UT
    May 14, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    I have been there too. Your description is spot on.