Rediscovering the Sites of the Restoration

by Justin R. Bray, Alan D. Johnson, Reid L. Neilson

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On September 6, 1888, three Church history missionaries—Andrew Jenson, Edward Stevenson, and Joseph S. Black—left on a fact-finding mission to the Church’s historic sites in Missouri, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Iowa. They spent a majority of their time visiting the sacred spaces of the Restoration. The observations they made became the subjects of a lengthy correspondence to the Deseret News. These letters were later compiled into a pamphlet, allowing the Saints in the West to vicariously experience the early days of the Restoration. Some notable historical themes in their observations include a desire for the establishment and redemption of Zion and the promise that righteous Saints would be restored to their lands to build up Zion.

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PublishedDeseret Book and RSC BYU 2015

About the Authors

Justin R. Bray

Justin R. Bray works in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received a BA in history and Latin American studies from BYU in 2011. He is currently pursuing an MA in history from the University of Utah.

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Alan D. Johnson

Alan D. Johnson attended Brigham Young University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is presently pursuing a master’s degree in history at the University of Utah. Alan is currently the director of the Church History Museum.

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Reid L. Neilson

Reid L. Neilson was appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2015. He has also served as managing director of the Church History Department since 2010. A native of Orange County, California, Neilson received a bachelor's and two master's degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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