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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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Responding to the Restoration

Responding to the Restoration

Competing Visions and Unanswered Questions

(p.102) Chapter 5 Responding to the Restoration
Return to the City of Joseph

Scott C. Esplin

University of Illinois Press

The restoration of Nauvoo, Illinois, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) generated competing visions for the city. While the Latter-day Saints used the site to attract religious interest, their sibling faith, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Community of Christ), responded with a competing building program of their own. This chapter traces the way the Reorganized Church moved from a defensive posture to rebrand its message in Nauvoo around historical accuracy and the internal debate within Church leadership that this shift created. It also examines the cooperation between the faiths that emerged as they took divergent paths. Finally, it explores the response by the local Nauvoo community to the loss of control over their town’s historical narrative.

Keywords:   Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormonism, tourism, restoration, ecumenical outreach, self-determination

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