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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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  • Gorgeous white temple overlooking the river, it’s easy to see why they chose this site to build their church. Would have loved to gain access, but I’m not converting to gain that opportunity. You can....  more »
  • My wife and I remember the first time we visited the site of the Nauvoo Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois. We were touring the historic Mormon town, including the home of Brigham Young, and we stopped at...  more »
  • I LOVED my experience here! It was so cool to attend and know this is where so many miracles had happened in the early days of the church. The symbols of Christ all around the temple and inside were stunning. It was quiet on a Saturday afternoon in August which surprised me. Sessions were small, but you walk around and I loved it!!!
  • Beautiful inside and out. Such a peaceful and inviting spirit about the building. This is one of the most beautiful Temples I’ve visited and I recommend that should you have the time and inclination that you too visit ponder and pray nearby and if able inside, you will find insight and inspiration.

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