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Elder Bednar dedicates Joseph and Emma Smith’s Kirtland home

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the restored home of Joseph and Emma Smith on the morning of Saturday, August 26, 2023.

“We are blessed today to participate in this historic dedicatory service,” Elder Bednar told a group of about 300 people, including community dignitaries and religious leaders. “This house is far more than a building of historic interest. This house was truly a home to Joseph and Emma Smith — the place where they lived together for the longest period of time before Joseph’s death.”

The Apostle’s remarks were broadcast to local church buildings.

“In this home,” Elder Bednar said, “Emma and Joseph worked unitedly to take care of each other, their children, and members of their extended family. This home was a place where they obeyed the commands that the Lord recently had given to parents: to teach their children the gospel and bring them up in light and truth.”

You can read more about the dedication and the Bednars’ visit to the Church history site on Church Newsroom.

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