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A renovated portion of Historic Nauvoo in Illinois is now available for in-person and virtual tours.

The Temple District of Nauvoo — the area near and inclusive of the Nauvoo Temple, which was first completed in 1846 and rebuilt in 2002 — was dedicated on Saturday, May 29, 2021, by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (to view the broadcast of the dedication click here).

The history of the early Church in Nauvoo comprises seven brief but seminal years (1839–1846) for the development of the faith’s temple-related doctrines, including the introduction of baptism for deceased ancestors and other temple ceremonies, the idea that family relationships can be eternal, and the sacrifice-saturated construction of the Nauvoo Temple.

“The sacrifices that were made to build this temple are among our greatest historical heritages,” Elder Cook said at the dedicatory ceremony. “I treasure the sacrifices and dedication of our faithful early members who worked closely with the Prophet Joseph Smith. Despite poverty and other challenges, it is inspiring to contemplate what they accomplished.”

In his dedicatory prayer, the Apostle pled that God “bless this entire district to be a place of serenity where Thy Spirit may dwell. May it forever stand as a memorial to those who built the temple and evoke feelings of awe and reverence for the Savior Jesus Christ and His restored gospel in all visitors to Nauvoo.” Elder Cook continued, “We pray that those who visit this site may feel the significance of the temple and be inspired to come to the house of the Lord.”

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