Community of Christ
& Historical Sites Foundation
Community of Christ: In the early 1800s, a young boy named Joseph Smith knelt in the woods near his family home in Manchester Township, New York. He felt separated from God; he also wanted to know how he could make his life count for good in a world full of confusion and sin. He wanted to join with God's people, but he had no idea how to do that. So, in response to the scripture from James, he prayed to God.
How long this first attempt at verbal prayer lasted is not known, but he came to a point of deep despair. At this point, a vision surrounded him with love and mercy. From that light came a voice as clear as his own. As the vision ebbed and the voice faded, Joseph felt that he knew the truth. He felt the healing presence of God within and the forgiving mercy of Christ. He knew that God would be with him.
He struggled through his teen years, trying to balance his experience with God with his desire to be accepted by others in his community. He continued to have significant spiritual experiences, one of which led to the Book of Mormon. He also felt called to establish a church, officially organizing it on April 6, 1830.
The Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation is committed to supporting the historical legacy of the Community of Christ. It is mission is to support preserving and sharing Community of Christ historic sites with present and future generations. Originally known as the Restoration Trail Foundation, it was founded in 1970 by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Both the church and the foundation changed, but commitment to heritage remains firm. The Community of Christ Historic Sites Foundation has a 13-member volunteer Board, including our president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.
The Foundation offers Liberty Hall enormous support that includes:
- The Foundation funds annual Liberty Hall and Spurrier School repair and maintenance.
- The Foundation funds annual grounds maintenance.
- The Foundation funds annual repair and maintenance on Liberty Hall support structures.
- The Foundation funded picnic tables for the site to allow visitors to more fully enjoy the beautiful setting of Liberty Hall.