"A Man Raised Up" : The Role of Willard W. Bean in the Acquisition of the Hill Cumorah
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Willard Bean and his wife, Rebecca, were called on a mission to work at the Joseph Smith Sr. farm and to make friends with the people of Palmyra. They lived on the farm for twenty-four years, experiencing great prejudice and opposition at first, but gradually becoming welcome members of the community. Bean was also instrumental in purchasing additional properties for the Church, including the Hill Cumorah, and forming local branches. He also worked to reforest the Hill Cumorah and suggested that a monument be placed at the top of the hill which resulted in the Angel Moroni Monument.