SALT LAKE CITY — “The story began in 1820,” the voice in the headphones exclaimed.
A handful of people taking an audio tour of the Church History
Museum here over the weekend followed exhibits, from a stained-glass
window depicting the first revelation of “14-year-old farm boy” Joseph
Smith, to the printing press that produced the first edition of the Book
of Mormon in 1830, to the chair that carpenter Brigham Young built
before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832. A
few steps forward, the awed museumgoers listened to the words of Parley
Pratt, a pioneer ancestor of Mitt Romney, as he imagined the
establishment of Zion in Ohio, only to walk a few more feet to inspect
the weapons used to chase Mormons from state to state and the death mask
of the religion’s murdered founder.
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