www.josephsmith.net; ““On the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring” of 1820, young Joseph went into these woods to pray, to a place where he “had previously designed to go.” Here, God the Father and His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith to commence the Restoration of the gospel in the latter days.
Joseph Smith’s family moved away from this farm in 1830. The Church acquired the land in the early 1900s. The exact location of Joseph Smith’s First Vision is unknown, but it occurred somewhere within a 10-acre forest on the western boundaries of the farm. This forest has been referred to as the Sacred Grove since 1906.”
1. Joseph Smith—History 1:14.
2. Joseph Smith—History 1:15.
Deut. 16:21-22; “Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee. 22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth.”
Note: You can read the entire account of Smith’s experience in Joseph Smith’s History located in the Pearl of Great Price.
From what the Lord has expressed in His word groves of trees isn’t the place to find or worship Him!