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Hey Gramps!

I love reading your column. It has helped me a lot with questions I have about the Mormon Church and has without question strengthened my testimony. My question pertains to the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. Do we know where they are buried? I know after they were martyred that white plaster(I think) masks were made of their faces and their bodies were hidden for awhile to keep them safe. But I am unaware of where they are buried so I can pay homage to them when I go on a church history tour next summer. Also, it is possible that they could be resurrected already? Thanks.

Susan

 

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Dear Susan,

When Joseph and Hyrum were killed, there was concern that the bodies would be desecrated. Coffins, filled with sand, were publicly buried, but the bodies were secretly interred in an unfinished area of the cellar inside the foundation walls of the Nauvoo House. (Located near the area where the limestone stable now stands). Several months later the bodies were again moved and buried nearly eight feet below ground level in the well house next to the homestead. This was done with great secrecy in the middle of the night. In 1928, the bodies of Joseph and Hyrum were relocated one more time. The Smith Family Cemetery now serves as the final resting place for Joseph, Hyrum, Emma, Lucy Mack, Joseph Sr., and thirteen other family members. Also buried here are Lewis C. Bidamon and a few other close friends.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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