The rediscovered plans became an important part of that process. Massive original stone from the Nauvoo Temple. Read "Exhibiting Mormonism The Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair" by Reid Neilson available from Rakuten Kobo. $18.99 . Tuesday, March 22, 2011 LDS Church History no. The Nauvoo Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was originally built between 1841-1845 but was abandoned as mobs drove the Latter-day Saints out of Illinois in 1846. Read more temple miracles like this one in Chad Hawkins's book Holy Places: True Stories of Faith and Miracles from Latter-day Temples, or  check out 6 Temple Miracles You've Never Heard Before. Half of the city of Nauvoo is made from stone from this destroyed temple and the stone itself is actually quite common. Matthew S. McBride. But even more exciting was the fact that the plans for the original Nauvoo Temple were accessible, allowing the new temple to more closely and accurately resemble its historic predecessor than it otherwise could have. The First Angel, placed on the Original Nauvoo Temple was, actually a weather vane. Notable presidents of the temple include Richard W. Winder (2002–04) and Spencer J. Condie (2010–13). A House for the Most High: The Story of the Original Nauvoo Temple. In that year, Wilford C. Wood purchased some of the land on behalf of the LDS Church and purchased another piece of land that he later sold to the church. After the temple was completed, a public open house from 6 May to 22 June 2002 attracted over 250,000 visitors to tour the temple. 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 first three rooms were decorated with murals representing, the creation of the world, the Garden of Eden, and the world after the fall of Adam and Eve. Stones used in the Salt Lake Temple were also numbered. Focusing on the details of the construction of the original Nauvoo Temple, this serves as a wonderful backdrop to this significant and poignant period of LDS Church History. When the reconstruction of the Nauvoo Temple was announced in 1999, it was an exciting event. Among the nearly two hundred loads of dirt were many large & small pieces of the old original Nauvoo temple. It was consequently condemned and demolished by the Nauvoo City Council. The glass put into the new windows was also cast by the same process used in the 1840s (see accompanying story on page 23). They sought refuge in Illinois and were given a charter to build a city on the banks of the Mississippi. $23.99 . He kept his drawings of the temple, however, and gave them to his daughter, Caroline Weeks Griffin, who eventually gave them to her son, Leslie. Construction of the Nauvoo Temple began in the spring of 1841 on a hilltop overlooking the Mississippi River. Construction materials and furniture were derived from the original design as well. Ellen Gould White. See Matthew S. McBride, A House for the Most High: The Story of the Original Nauvoo Temple (Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford, 2007), 233–37; and Don F. Colvin, Nauvoo Temple: A Story of Faith (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2002), 184–87. Vilate was one of the first women to serve in the Nauvoo Temple. The following genealogical information contains extracts of data from the Nauvoo Temple records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Nauvoo Illinois Temple, a throwback to the four room layout, is the sole exception, as it has the four-room progressive format with murals decorating the first three rooms. byCompiled by Jannalee Rosner | Sep. 28, 2015. Daily news, articles & videos right to your inbox. The building was damaged by fire and a tornado before being demolished. When the prophet saw Weeks's plans, he "grabbed him, hugged him, and said 'you are the man I want.'" But even more exciting was the fact that the plans for the original Nauvoo Temple were accessible, allowing the new temple to more closely and accurately resemble its historic predecessor than it otherwise could have. Between 1937 and 1962, the LDS Church reacquired and restored the lot on which the temple stood. By far the best book I have read on the Nauvoo period. The Salt Lake City Endowment House and early Utah temples, each with a series of four ordinance rooms through which patrons moved during the presentation of the endowment, followed this layout. He also organized a group of church members from the Chicago Illinois Stake, co-led by Ariel S. Williams, to clear and beautify the recently purchased land. Prophets and Kings. He worked on both the Kirtland and Nauvoo temples. It is built in the same location as the original structure that was dedicated in 1846. After Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed, Brigham Young called Weeks to go west with the first wave of Latter-day Saints, leaving Truman Angell to finish the Nauvoo Temple. For pictures of the temple stones please view the other photos in this listing or visit the “Our Temple Stones” section. The structure itself was built in the Greek Revival architectural style using limestone block quarried in Russellville, Alabama. It has an area of 54,000 square feet (5,000 m2). We have recently begun creating these beautiful mounted stones from the original Nauvoo temple. It is fitting, then, that one of original Nauvoo temple plates commissioned by Lucius Scovil in 1847 hangs in the dining room (by the window). Nauvoo Temple Stone 1850 from the Original Mormon LDS Temple. They were yellowed with age but in amazingly good condition. Our most popular stone, the Original Nauvoo temple stone comes from one of several pieces collected by my father during his visits and missionary service in Nauvoo. The current Nauvoo LDS Temple was rebuilt in 2002 on the site of the ruined temple built by Joseph Smith and his followers back in 1846, just before the Mormon Exodus to Salt Lake City. The completion and official dedication took place on June 27, 2002, on the anniversary of the death of Joseph Smith, the church's founder. For instance, Weeks did not want to put round windows in the middle floor office. 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