Many of us don't appreciate the significance of Independence, Missouri, in the early 1800s. It was the key point for travel westward.
In retrospect, it's easy to see how powerful it would have been for the Saints to establish Zion here. Everyone traveling west would have passed through here and learned about the Restoration.
As the lesson manual points out, though, the early Saints had a lot of work to do. They Lord didn't ask them to come to Zion. He needed them to build Zion.
Just like today.
Which is why I post on my HowtoZion blog.
Louis and Clark traveled through the Independence area in June, 1804. Today, you can visit the Lewis and Clark Historic Point at Kaw Point, which is at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in Kansas City, not far from Independence.
The Oregon Trail began at Independence Landing, where people disembarked from the steamboats after arriving from St. Louis.
An excellent interactive map helps clarify the locations of these events in Church history.
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