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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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The Reconstructed Nauvoo Temple

The Reconstructed Nauvoo Temple

Crown Jewel of the Restoration

(p.123) Chapter 6 The Reconstructed Nauvoo Temple
Return to the City of Joseph

Scott C. Esplin

University of Illinois Press

At the end of the twentieth century, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) embarked on the most ambitious project in the history of Nauvoo’s restoration, the reconstruction of the famed Nauvoo temple. While the branches of Mormonism had settled their differences and established their separate paths in the years leading up to the temple reconstruction, the project opened new wounds within the greater Nauvoo community. This chapter examines the construction of the Nauvoo temple and the resulting reaction by the residents of Nauvoo. It explores the changes the project brought to the city and the contest that developed for the legacy of Nauvoo.

Keywords:   Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormonism, Nauvoo temple, tourism, pilgrimage, self-determination

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