This half-hour film produced in cooperation with the Office of Information of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints depicts the life of Joseph Smith and the growth of the Mormon Church. The story begins in the mountains of Vermont where Smith, and many of the men who served on the First Authority of the Church, began to mold their lives that would eventually lead to the establishment of a new religion. When Smith was 24 years of age the Church was organized on April 6, 1830 in Fayette, New York. As the Church grew, opposition to it also mounted and the center for activity was moved from New York to Ohio. Continuing persecution forced the Latter Day Saints to move again. This time to Jackson County in Missouri. In 1839 they were forced to move to Illinois where the Saints converted a swampland into the prosperous city of Navoo. On June 27, 1844 Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by an armed mob while they were being held in jail at Carthage, Illinois. After the martyrdom of the brothers the task of leading the Saints westward to the Great Salt Lake in Utah fell to Brigham Young, another Vermonter. The story ends in the mountains of Vermont. An impressive granite monument has been erected by the church in honor of the founder of their religion. Each year, thousands of visitors make their way up a narrow road lined with Vermont sugar maples to see this impressive sight and pay respects to the founder of the Mormon Church.
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