4 Must-See Mormon Sites for Your Next Family Trip

photo of Salt Lake City surrounded with trees with red lightsWhether you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) or you’re someone interested to know more about the religion, taking a trip to historic sites related to the religion will be an eye-opening experience.

To start you off, here are five historical sites that can enrich your LDS knowledge.

Sacred Grove, New York

This very spot in a forest in upstate New York is important to LDS because this is where Joseph Smith said he had his First Vision of Jesus and God that prompted him to start a new religion—Mormonism. Now owned by the LDS Church, it’s a beautiful, sacred area open to tourists.

Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens, Israel

According to Cruise Lady, a company that offers LDS tours, going to the Holy Land will give you insights and understanding unlike any other. The Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens, located in Jerusalem, is a quiet enclosure where the early LDS Apostle Orson Hyde offered a prayer dedicating the Holy Land for the Jews’ return.

Carthage Hall, Illinois

In 1844, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were awaiting trial in Carthage, Illinois for charges of treason against the state. Carthage Hall is the small stone jailhouse where they were shot and killed by an angry mob. Today, some tours include a close-up view of Joseph’s bloodstains on the floorboards.

Old Mormon Fort, Las Vegas

In 1855, Mormons built the first settlement in Las Vegas. Brigham Young, the one who succeeded Joseph Smith as the president of the LDS Church, established an outpost and watering hole halfway between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Now, the original adobe structure is part of a Nevada State Park.

There are many other significant LDS temples and historical sites not just in the U.S. but all over the world. Regardless of faith, these sites have significance not just for the LDS Church, but the local culture as well.