Pony Express Station: Salt Lake City

South Facade of the Historic Tribune Building, 143 S. Main, Salt Lake City – sup #283 “It could be said that the pony express was the first rapid transit, the first fast mail line across the continent,” said Cindy Toone, the historic preservation committee state chairwoman for the National Society daughters of the american revolution […]

The Hurricane Town Bell

Hurricane Town Square, Hurricane, Utah – sup #280 At the turn of the 20th century the Hurricane Bell was first hung from a hay derrick near the northeast corner of the town square (State and Main Streets). When the Social Hall was constructed next to the bowery in 1908, the bell was removed from the […]

The Martyrdom & the Quorum of the Twelve

Three months before the martyrdom of the prophet  Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, orson hyde wrote: Before I went east on the 4th of April [1844] last, we were in council with Brother Joseph almost every day for weeks; said Brother Joseph in one of those councils, “There is something going to happen; I […]

President’s Message for August 2022

Greetings from the National Headquarters as we welcome in August. Although it is usually very hot, I love it for the Emancipendence celebrations, food festivals, and the joy its harvests of summer crops bring. Others welcome August for vacations, beach outings, or other activities. There are, however, other interesting things about the golden-shiny month I […]

Meet W. Laird Dummer: 2024 National President-Elect Candidate

As a President-Elect candidate, I fully support the recent National officers’ focus on sound initiatives to help the organization grow in membership and strengthen our ongoing programs. These initiatives include, among others, new advertising opportunities with Roots Tech, LDS Living Magazine, and targeted YouTube videos. Additionally, I support the continued development of our library to […]

Kimball – Whitney Cemetery

1/2 Block North of Temple Square, Just East of Conference Center, Salt Lake City A little over a week after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Church leaders were allotted property by President brigham young. Heber C. Kimball chose this block to the northeast of Temple Square. Newel K. Whitney claimed an adjacent property immediately […]

Young Family Cemetery

140 East 1st Avenue, Salt Lake City “I, brigham young, wish my funeral services to be conducted in the following manner: When I breathe my last I wish my friends to put my body in as clean and wholesome state as can conveniently be done, and preserve the same for one, two, three or four […]

SMITH, Amanda Barnes

Amanda Melissa Barnes was born in Becket, Massachusetts, a town that saw the births of other early Saints including Eliza R. Snow, Sarah Cleveland, and Amanda’s first husband, Warren Smith. Each family moved independently to frontier villages in the “Western Reserve,” in present-day Ohio. In 1826, Amanda married Warren, and they had five children. She […]

Far West Cemetery

Southwest Quadrant of the Kerr & Winchester Roads Intersection Far West was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1970. In 1999, the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation funded an archaeological exploration to determine the precise location of the cemetery site about a mile northwest of the temple lot. It is estimated about […]

Ensign Peak

Isaiah 5:26 Fulfilled Joseph Smith taught the Saints many times of the gathering in the Rocky Mountains. After the prophet’s martyrdom, George A. Smith recorded: “President Young had a vision of Joseph Smith, who showed him the mountain that we now call ensign peak, immediately north of Salt Lake City, and there was an ensign […]

National SUP Library Update

by John Smith, AVP Library Director As some of you are aware, the National Library volunteers have been working hard to accomplish the library document preservation project. We are indexing and digitizing all books and documents in the library area. We want you to have easier access to our pioneer heritage. We have developed a […]

The Temple Lot Site

This originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of Trailmarker On July 20, 1831, the Lord told the Saints: “Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.” By December 19, 1831,  after […]

STONE, Susannah (Lloyd)

WILLIE handcart COMPANY SURVIVOR GUIDED BY WHAT MATTERS MOST Submitted by Joe Badger’ Descendant of Susannah Stone Lloyd In 1856 Susannah Stone Lloyd, a convert to the Church from Bristol, England and member of the Willie handcart company, was crossing the plains into Wyoming. She joined the Church against her parent’s wishes. In the company […]

Fairport Harbor

Lake Erie, Ohio THE MORMON HISTORIC SITES FOUNDATION MARKER READS: Fairport is an excellent harbor, and affords a safe moorage for shipping”- so wrote Oliver Cowdery, one of the first latter day saint missionaries to bring the message of the restored gospel to the Kirtland region. Fairport Harbor played a transitional role during the 1830s […]

Isaac Morley Farm

Kirtland, Ohio In the Fall of 1830, Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer, Jr. and Ziba Peterson were passing through northeastern Ohio on their way to Missouri, and stopped in a small town named Kirtland. There they encountered a large group awaiting the Restoration of all things as prophesied in the scriptures, led by […]