Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Mormons in Nauvoo Video

Being forced to leave from Missouri because of persecution, the Latter-day Saints continued on to find a place of refuge where they could once again start over. In early 1839, Joseph Smith and the other Mormon Church leaders decided that the Saints would settle at a small town named Commerce, Illinois.

After purchasing the land, Joseph Smith later renamed the city Nauvoo, coming from the Hebrew word meaning "beautiful." As the video remarks, Joseph said, "This is the loveliest place and the best place under heaven."

The Mormons, through significant effort, established a beautiful city which grew rapidly until it reached approximately 20,000 in 1846. In fact, it even rivaled Chicago for the title of largest city in Illinois at that time.

These Mormon pioneers sacrificed greatly to build the Nauvoo temple. It stood as a grand and beautiful structure in the city of Nauvoo. However, when the Mormons were once again forced out of their homes in late 1846, they tearfully left their temple behind. The Nauvoo temple was later demolished.

On April 4, 1999, it was announced that a new Nauvoo Temple would be constructed on the same plot of land. Millions of members of the Church around the world were thrilled to hear the news. The new temple was dedicated on June 27, 2002 by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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