Elder Nick and Sister Kim Jorgensen entered the MTC in Provo on July 3 for a year in the New Hampshire Manchester (including Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire) but expect to spend most of their time in Sharon, Vermont, the birthplace of Church founder Joseph Smith. As Church historical site missionaries, they are assigned to oversee the Prophet’s birthplace, including gardening, trail maintenance and occasionally serving in the Visitor Center.
In all, about a dozen early leaders of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints were born in Vermont. In 1831, one year after the
Church was organized, Church member Jared Carter taught and baptized 27
converts in Vermont. But, in 1833, many
of these early Latter-day Saints migrated to Ohio.In December 1905, a 100-ton, 38-foot granite monument - one foot
for each year of his life - was dedicated to commemorate the centennial of
Joseph Smith's birth. During the Christmas season, lights adorn the monument's
surroundings. About 70,000 visitors, including those at Christmas, come to the
There are currently about 4,500 members in 12 congregations
scattered around the Green Mountain State.