The Nauvoo Temple: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast

By The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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This podcast presents the story of the Nauvoo Temple, explaining why Latter-day Saints in the 1840s sacrificed time, labor, and a sizeable portion of their meager possessions to bring about the promised blessings of the temple.

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Episode 8 — An Old City, a New Temple
On April 4, 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley stunned Latter-day Saints with an announcement that the Nauvoo Temple would be reconstructed. This episode considers what it means today to know that a temple once again stands in Nauvoo.
Oct 14, 2021
Episode 7 — The Return to Nauvoo
We describes the gradual return of the Latter-day Saints to Nauvoo, exploring the various efforts of churches and governments to designate the “City Beautiful” as a historic site. Guests: Alex Smith, Benjamin Pykles, Lachlan Mackay, Steven Olsen
Oct 13, 2021
Episode 6 — Martyrdom, Dedication, and Exodus
This episode explains how the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith coupled with hostility towards the Saints affected the construction and dedication of the Nauvoo Temple and forced the Saints to prepare to leave the city—possibly even the country.
Oct 12, 2021
Episode 5 — Looking toward Eternity
This episode considers the ways that Joseph Smith prepared church members to receive the endowment and sealing ordinances in the temple, including through the founding of the female Relief Society of Nauvoo.
Oct 11, 2021
Episode 4 — Obstacles
We explain how the principle of tithing enabled the impoverished Latter-day Saints to build the Nauvoo Temple and overcome external obstacles, including the attempted extraditions of Joseph Smith to Missouri. Guests: Jeffrey Mahas, Elizabeth Kuehn
Oct 08, 2021
Episode 3 — A Welding Link
This episode explores Joseph Smith’s revelations on proxy baptisms for deceased relatives as well as the lasting impact of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles’ mission to Great Britain. Guests: Alex Baugh, Brett Dowdle
Oct 07, 2021
Episode 2 — Revelations, Designs, and Quarries
This episode describes the purpose of temples, the inspiration behind the design of the Nauvoo Temple, and the arrangements that Joseph Smith and others made to acquire sufficient building materials. Guests: Brent Rogers, Matthew McBride, Alex Smith
Oct 06, 2021
Episode 1 — A New City, a New Temple
This episode explains why the Latter-day Saints came to Nauvoo, established a city, and built a new temple. Guests: Brent Rogers, Matthew Godfrey, Alex Smith
Oct 05, 2021