“Let all my saints come from afar. . . . and build a house to my name, for the Most High to dwell therein.” - D&C 124:25, 27
“This is the loveliest place and the best people under the heavens.” –The Prophet Joseph Smith as he looked over the temple and the City of Nauvoo for the last time on his way to Carthage (see Joseph Smith Papers, History 1838–1856, volume F-1, 151).
Story Behind the Art
The Nauvoo temple stands as a reminder us of the sacrifices of the early saints and what the blessings of the gospel were worth to them. After the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, the saints were under great pressure to leave Nauvoo for their safety. However the temple was not yet complete and, understanding the blessings awaiting them and their families in the Lord’s house, they chose to remain and finish the construction. At the peril of their lives, they completed the work and hundreds of saints received the blessings of the temple before being driven from their homes and their beloved Nauvoo. Today the Nauvoo temple reminds us of that the eternal blessings of the temple are worth whatever sacrifice we may need to make, to receive them. - Mark Eastmond