In 1820 a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith lived near Palmyra, New York. Though young, he was concerned about his standing before God and confused by the claims of various Christian religions that sought converts by discounting the claims of the others. Motivated by his study of the Bible, Joseph decided to seek wisdom by asking God, who “giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not” (James 1:5). He went into the woods near his home to pray.
The Sacred Grove is located in Palmyra and Manchester Townships, New York. This grove of trees stands just west of where the Smith family’s small log house was located in 1820.
The appearance of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to the Prophet Joseph Smith took place in this grove