In early 1831, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) from Colesville, NY; Fayette, NY; and Manchester, NY left their homes headed for Kirtland, OH. There they thought they would find a place to build homes and farms close to other members of the church. When they arrived, Leman Copley gave them land to settle on but by May 1831 Copley evicted the saints from his property and they were left wondering where they would go.
In June, the prophet Joseph Smith told them to go to Missouri. Of this experience Newel Knight later said, “We now understood that [Ohio] was not the land of our inheritance—the land of promise, for it was made known in a revelation that Missouri was the place chosen for the gathering of the church, and several were called to lead the way to that state.”
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