12 August 2012

Mormon Pilgrimage Site: Hill Cumorah

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, 2003, Excerpts

Today, no less than in the nineteenth century, the Hill Cumorah is one of the holiest sites in all of Mormondom, and sooner or later most Latter-day Saints make a pilgrimage here. A mound of glacial scrapings left behind after the last ice age, it humps up no more than a couple hundred feet above the surrounding cornfields, and most of Cumorah is shrouded in a gloomy tangle of vegetation.

All the same, the modest drumlin is the highest landform in the vicinity, and from its crest one can glimpse the office towers of downtown Rochester, twenty miles distant, shimmering through the mid-summer haze. The summit is adorned with an American flag and an imposing statue of the angel Moroni.

Hill Cumorah Pageant

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