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Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo

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The Nauvoo Temple was the second temple constructed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church's first temple was completed in Kirtland, Ohio, United States, in 1836. When the main body of the church was forced out of Nauvoo, Illinois, in the winter of 1846, the church attempted to sell the building, finally succeeding in 1848. The building was damaged by fire and a tornado before being demolished.

In 1937, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) reacquired the lot on which the original temple had stood. In 2000, the church began to build a temple on the original site with an exterior that is a replica of the first temple, but whose interior is laid out like a modern Latter-day Saint temple. On June 27, 2002, a date that coincided with the 158th anniversary of the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, the temple was dedicated by the LDS Church as the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

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  • This temple has historical character, the beauty of the original temple plans and the peace of the Spirit. I've long looked forward to visiting this temple and it was truly awe-inspiring. I visited... 
    This temple has historical character, the beauty of the original temple plans and the peace of the Spirit. I've long looked forward to visiting this temple and it was truly awe-inspiring. I visited...  more »
  • Beautiful and peaceful place. The history of this temple is fascinating. I have ancestors who helped build the original temple, they finished it even though they knew they would have to leave it. 
    Beautiful and peaceful place. The history of this temple is fascinating. I have ancestors who helped build the original temple, they finished it even though they knew they would have to leave it.  more »
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  • We loved this place so much! A peaceful location to feel the spirit of The Lord. The grounds here are immaculate and beautiful. We visited in the spring and the flowers were absolutely beautiful! The people here are so kind and helpful as well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has done a top notch job building this edifice unto the Lord.
  • This is such a beautiful temple. The story of the original temple and the early pioneers, is so humbling. They gave up so much to build their beautiful temple to then be forced out of yet another town by mobs, it is heart wrenching. But I felt the peace and love and sacrifice on the grounds of the temple. I am so happy I was able to see it.

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