The following is excerpted from the Church News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

The First Presidency has recently approved minor adjustments to the names of historic sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seventeen of the 26 sites have been renamed to place greater emphasis on the Restoration of the gospel.

The Church’s historic sites are places where significant events happened in the Restoration and history of the Church, said Jenny Lund, director of the Historic Sites Division in the Church History Department. Several sites were acquired in the early 1900s.

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“They’re part of the record that we’re admonished to keep in section 21 of the Doctrine and Covenants,” Lund said. The opening line of the first revelation given to the Church after its organization on April 6, 1830, reads “Behold, there shall be a record kept among you.”

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., a General Authority Seventy serving as Church Historian and Recorder, said historic sites matter to the Lord. “They matter so much that under His guidance, the Church goes to great lengths to preserve them and share them.

“We’re grateful to be able to share the sites with hundreds of thousands of visitors every year,” he continued. “Those visitors will come to understand the Restoration of the gospel more deeply, they will feel a profound connection to the Saints of earlier times, and they will find inspiration for their own lives.”

To read the full list of adjusted site names, CLICK HERE.