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Oakland in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Go, and Be Baptized”

Joseph Smith Property

 
 
“Go, and Be Baptized” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 28, 2015
1. “Go, and Be Baptized” Marker
Inscription. On May 15, 1829, an angel appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the woods near the Smith home. He “said that his name was John, the same who is called John the Baptist in the New Testament.” He conferred the Aaronic Priesthood on them, giving them the authority to baptize by immersion for the remission of sins. He then instructed them to “go, and be baptized.” They likely made their way to the river in the evening, after the river traffic had ceased for the day. The water level that day was high enough for them to baptize one another without leaving the Smith’s pasture. Joseph first baptized Oliver, and then Oliver baptized Joseph. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:68-72.)

Joseph Smith wrote of this experience: “Immediately on our coming up out of the water after we had been baptized, we experienced great and glorious blessings from our Heavenly Father…We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our salvation” (Joseph Smith—History1:73).
 
Location. 41° 57.028′ N, 75° 38.32′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County. Marker is on Pennsylvania Route 171. Click for map. The marker is across the highway from the Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site-Joseph Smith

“Go, and Be Baptized” Marker is the marker on the right image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 28, 2015
2. “Go, and Be Baptized” Marker is the marker on the right
Property. Marker is in this post office area: Susquehanna PA 18847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Susquehanna River (here, next to this marker); Joseph Smith (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mother Theresa Maxis Duchemin (approx. 2.3 miles away); Starrucca Viaduct (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Joseph Smith (approx. 5.4 miles away); "Lokies" boost coal production ... (approx. 6.1 miles away); Pennsylvania (approx. 6.6 miles away); Windsor (approx. 8.7 miles away in New York). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
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“Go, and Be Baptized” Marker is near the Historic Baptism Site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 28, 2015
3. “Go, and Be Baptized” Marker is near the Historic Baptism Site
“Go, and Be Baptized” Marker is near the Priesthood Restoration Site image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 28, 2015
4. “Go, and Be Baptized” Marker is near the Priesthood Restoration Site
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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