Saturday, January 08, 2011

Church purchases land in Susquehanna county

The sale this week of 10 acres of land in Oakland Twp., Susquehanna
County, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for $2.1
million has rekindled discussion about plans to develop a site that
has sacred importance.

Church spokeswoman Kim Farah said the purchase was important because
the parcel is "near a site of historical significance to the founding
of the faith."

The area was home to the religion's founder, Joseph Smith, and his
wife, the former Emma Hale, from 1827 to 1830. The church believes it
was there that most of the Book of Mormon was translated in 1829. . .

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