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Savoring the Nauvoo Temple

After finishing the Nauvoo Temple, and knowing they would soon have to leave it, the Saints spent as much time in the Lord’s house as they could. They celebrated the New Year in 1846 with a feast and a dance in the temple attic and danced in the temple again the next day. Though many Saints had been raised in religious traditions opposed to dancing, Brigham Young said that the Saints could “worship God in the dance as well as in other ways” and reminded them of the dance Miriam and the women in Israel held to celebrate their deliverance from Egypt (see Exodus 15:20–21).

Matthew McBride, A House for the Most High: The Story of the Original Nauvoo Temple (2006), 276–77