This is a sketch done with felt pen and colored pencils I did for my father’s birthday in October. It shows what we call the Sacred Grove. This grove of trees that anyone can visit and walk through is located in Palmyra, New York and is considered the second most sacred place in the world after Gethsemane . . . at least for members of our church. The reason? Because in the spring of 1820 a young boy named Joseph Smith went into this grove of trees, after having read James 1:5, to ask God which church was true. In his own words he said: “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. . . When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy alll description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other – This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
The reason why this grove is called sacred and is designated as the second most holy place in the world is because God and Jesus Christ actually appeared here. They told him he shouldn’t join any the churches because none of them had the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. No one can walk through these trees and not feel the holy spirit because it really did happen. It’s such a privilege we can go there ourselves and experience a little of what a curious boy once experienced on one spring day.