Mormon Times Deseret News

This post is brought to you by Deseret News. View the original post here.

Brigham Young and his family lived in the area of Mendon, New York, in the early 1830s. It was while living in Mendon that Brigham Young joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (then Church of Christ). He and his family evidently settled on part of a farm owned by his father, John Young.

According to the late J. Sheldon Fisher, once a local of the Mendon area, Brigham Young had a shop powered by a waterwheel with a living space above the shop. Fisher, who passed away 2002, conducted archaeological digs on the property and housed some of the artifacts he uncovered in the nearby Valentown Museum.

There is a former church in Mendon, still extant, that has been used as a restaurant. According to the building’s owner in 2013, that structure’s provenance claimed that Brigham Young attended church services there before his conversion to the LDS Church.

Nearby is a wood-framed structure that has survived since the early 1830s when Brigham Young lived in Mendon. According to Larry C. Porter in “Sacred Places, Vol. 2,” this building at that time was the village’s general store. Porter notes that surviving ledgers list some of Brigham’s business transactions that occurred there. A branch of the LDS Church in Mendon grew to some 60 members.

By late 1833 most of those new converts of Mendon, including Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and their families, had left the area to join Joseph Smith and the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, according to “Living in a Chapter of History” by Marjorie H. Rice, Ensign, October 2007.

Kenneth Mays is a board member of the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation and a retired instructor in the LDS Church’s Department of Seminaries and Institutes.



Recently Posted

Maxwell Institute

MIPodcast #75—“To be learned is good,” with Richard Bushman

Our 75th Episode! The Book of Mormon warns against mistaking intelligence for wisdom, but adds a crucial caveat: “to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God” (2 Nephi 9:29). Where LDS founding prophet Joseph ...

Inspirational Messages

Has the Day of Miracles Ceased?

"A critical question to ponder is “Where do we place our faith?” Is our faith focused on simply wanting to be relieved of pain and suffering, or is it firmly centered ...

Inspirational Messages

The Doctrine of Christ: Our Daily Walk

"As we come to know God, we begin to really know ourselves and our potential. These two things cannot be separated. Joseph Smith taught, “If men do not comprehend the character ...

Inspirational Messages

Becoming a True Disciple

"Discipleship is all about doing and becoming. As we obey His commandments and serve our fellowmen, we become better disciples of Jesus Christ. Obedience and submission to His will bring the ...

Inspirational Messages

Three Sisters

"You are in His hands. Very good hands. Loving hands. Caring hands. And nothing anyone ever says about you can change that. Their words are meaningless compared to what God has ...

Inspirational Messages

The Eternal Family

"An eternal bond doesn’t just happen as a result of sealing covenants we make in the temple. How we conduct ourselves in this life will determine what we will be in ...