On our trip to Manhattan Ben and I decided to take a quick detour up to Palmyra, New York. Now this detour would seem awfully strange to the average roadtripper, but to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it seems obvious why you would want to visit a small town in upstate New York.
Joseph Smith, the modern day prophet and restorer of the Church of Jesus Christ lived in Palmyra when he began receiving the gospel through modern-day revelation. I was so grateful to be able to visit this historic sight and see where many visions occurred in this modern dispensation.
One of the fist sights we stopped at the temple in Palmyra. It is a beautiful temple that was dedicated in 2000. It is across the street from the Smith family home and the Sacred Grove. We didn't go inside the temple, but it was great just visiting the grounds.
This temple has special significance to the restoration of the Church. You can read about some of it's special features here.
My favorite thing in Palmyra was the Sacred Grove. In this grove of trees Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. It is a place of peace and personal revelation for me. The serenity found in this grove of trees reminded me of how sometimes in this crazy world we need to take a minute to ponder and reflect. We need to escape the busy and noise filled world and spend receiving inspiration from God.