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Return to the City of JosephModern Mormonism's Contest for the Soul of Nauvoo$
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Scott C. Esplin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042102

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042102.001.0001

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Nauvoo as a Reorganized Church Foothold

Nauvoo as a Reorganized Church Foothold

(p.31) Chapter 2 Nauvoo as a Reorganized Church Foothold
Return to the City of Joseph

Scott C. Esplin

University of Illinois Press

Though Nauvoo was abandoned by most Latter-day Saints in the nineteenth century, Emma Smith, the widow of Church founder Joseph Smith, and her children remained in the city, maintaining a Mormon presence in western Illinois. This chapter examines the rise of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Community of Christ), founded by Smith’s children, and their use of family and historic sites in Nauvoo in the early twentieth century. It discusses the transformation of these sites from family residences to religious tourism centers used to proselytize people to the faith. It also introduces the competing views of Mormonism that developed between the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Reorganized Church.

Keywords:   Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormonism, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ, Emma Smith, Joseph Smith III, proselytization, religious tourism

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