lived on the Morley Farm from March to September 1831. Isaac
Morley, one of the earliest settlers of Kirtland, had joined
the Church in 1830. He invited many early converts to
live on his 80-acre farm and here built a small home
for Joseph and Emma Smith shortly after the Prophet's
arrival in Ohio.
Here, Emma gave
birth to twins who soon died. Several days later, the
Smiths adopted the infant twins of John Murdock, whose wife,
Julia, died from complications of childbirth.
While living on
the Morley Farm, Joseph received 13 revelations now
included in the Doctrine
and Covenants. In a memorable discourse on
October 25, 1831, he asked the Saints to develop among
themselves perfect love so that their names might be
written in "the Lamb's book of life," in other words,
those who receive salvation through Jesus Christ. The
fourth conference of the Church was held here in June 1831.
During the conference, the first high priests of this
dispensation were called. Later that year, in a
meeting held in an 18-by-20-foot log schoolhouse on a
hill overlooking this farm, Joseph prophesied to a small
group of priesthood holders that "this Church will fill
North and South America—it will fill the
None of the
original buildings remains on the Morley Farm. A portion of
the original Chillicothe Trail passes through this
Church-owned historic site. Many early converts and
missionaries traveling to and from the East Coast of
the United States used this trail.
1. Quoted by Wilford
Woodruff, in Conference Report, Apr. 1898, 57.
Doctrine and Covenants
A collection of latter-day divine revelations and inspired declarations. The Lord gave these to Joseph Smith and several of his successors for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last days. The Doctrine and Covenants is one of the standard works of scripture in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Pearl of Great Price (The Guide to the Scriptures, "Doctrine and Covenants," 68).
The authority and power that God gives to man to act in all things for the salvation of man (see D&C 50:26–27). Male members of the Church who hold the priesthood are organized into quorums and are authorized to perform ordinances and certain administrative functions in the Church (The Guide to the Scriptures, "Priesthood," 199).
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