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Harmony historic site to be memorialized as plans take shape

While Church members generally commemorate each May the restoration of the priesthood, the precise location where John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1829 and conferred upon them the Aaronic Priesthood has remained somewhat nebulous — that is, until recently.

Researchers and historians have come closer to pinpointing the spot, to the point where the First Presidency has approved a concept for a Church historic site at the location near the Susquehanna River in what was once Harmony, a small township in Pennsylvania adjacent to its northeastern border with New York.

"We're moving ahead with detailed design drawings," said Steven L. Olsen, senior curator in the Church History Department.

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