Historic Liberty Jail


    For Joseph Smith and his imprisoned companions, Liberty Jail was a place of intense suffering and glorious revelation. The jail has been re-created today as a place of contemplation and learning.

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    Light in the Darkness, Liberty in a Jail

    Contemplate the suffering of Joseph Smith and other captives in Liberty Jail. Ponder the power of the revelations Joseph received there.

    Interactive Map: Places of Interest in Northwest Missouri

    Explore places of revelation, adversity, gathering, and memorial for Latter-day Saints in Missouri.

    Time Line: The Church in Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1839

    Gain a clearer picture of early Church history. Examine the Church’s growth and challenges in Ohio and Missouri from 1830 to 1839.

    Interactive Map: Latter-day Saint Travels to and from Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1839

    Learn about Latter-day Saints’ early journeys to Ohio and Missouri and later to Iowa and Illinois.

    Within the Walls of Liberty Jail: D&C 121, 122, 123

    Portions of a letter Joseph Smith wrote to the Saints while he was imprisoned in Liberty Jail are included in three sections of the Doctrine and Covenants.

    The Whitmer Family in Missouri: Monuments to Witnesses

    Discover stories of testimony and adversity—stories of the Whitmer family, witnesses of the truth who stayed in Missouri when the Saints moved on to Nauvoo.

    What to Expect When You Visit the Church’s Historic Sites in Missouri

    Find information that can help you plan a visit to these sites.