Sacred History: Treasures from the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

An Exhibition

Open March 25, 2024 through October 26, 2024, this new exhibit highlights significant historical artifacts recently acquired from Community of Christ. 

On March 5, 2024, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the transfer of ownership of the Kirtland Temple, Smith family properties in Nauvoo, and other significant historical documents and artifacts. This new exhibit at the Church History Museum showcases a selection of these precious items imbued with the sacred history of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The following are on display:

  • Pages from the Book of Commandments and Revelations, containing parts of the text of revelatons that were later published in the Doctrine and Covenants.
  • A page from a manuscript containing Joseph Smith’s inspired revision, or “new translation,” of the Bible, along with the printed Bible he used during his work on the revision.
  • A document purported to contain characters illustrative of those on the gold plates.
  • A manuscript history of the Church from circa 1830 to 1847, written by John Whitmer.
  • The original door of Liberty Jail.
  • Letters from Joseph Smith to his wife Emma.
  • Portraits of Joseph and Emma Smith painted during their lifetimes.

Come and contemplate the wonder of receiving revelation from heaven, consider the comfort that Jesus Christ can bring in times of trial, and catch a glimpse of the personal and family life of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Read more about all the sacred sites and artifacts in the recent acquisition in this article from the Church History Library Blog.