The Nauvoo Temple was a unique structure, one which symbolized "Mormonism" in the early period of its history. In its time, the temple stood as the chief structure of the city of Nauvoo. It rivaled all buildings in Illinois and the West during its brief history.

This study reviews the entire history of the temple, from when it was first contemplated until its fateful destruction, and beyond. It sheds light on the setting in which the great edifice was built. Consideration is given to the struggles and sacrifices on the part of workmen and church members who freely gave to erect it. There is unfolded to the reader a year-by-year report on the progress of its erection, from the foundation to the top of its lofty tower. A description of both its external and internal features is provided, along with photographic illustrations and analysis of its architecture. It reveals the quest for, and the effort involved in, supplying the means and material needed. It discusses the theological concepts and practices associated with the building's erection and use, together with a consideration of the various purposes and functions which the temple served. The story is told of the temple's destruction by fire, and the eventual demolition of its walls, considering the disposition of the site down to the present time.



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Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine



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Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo, Illinois, 1841-1850