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These images show interior views of the farm home of John and Alice Elsa Johnson. The period when Joseph Smith and his family lived in the Johnson home was a time of both great spiritual outpourings as well as personal trials.
Perhaps as many as 16 sections of the Doctrine and Covenants were revealed in the Johnson home. In particular, these revelations include sections 1, which serves as the preface of the Doctrine and Covenants, and 76, about Joseph’s vision that expounds the doctrine of the three degrees of glory. It is interesting to note that more revelations now in the Doctrine and Covenants were received in November 1831 than during the entire five-year period that Joseph lived in Nauvoo, Illinois.
When the Smiths lived in the Johnson’s home, it was a beehive of activity and placed great strain on Sister Johnson. She is referred to in historical sources as both Alice and Elsa.
Presently, the Johnson home is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is open to the public for free tours.