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Historic Nauvoo

Nauvoo, Illinois

From 1839 to 1846, the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was located in Nauvoo, Illinois. Under the prophetic leadership of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Latter-day Saints worked together to build a community and a temple there. The temple was a focal point in the landscape of the city and in the lives of the Latter-day Saints. Today Historic Nauvoo is open to the public. Visitors enjoy tours and activities in historic homes, shops, and other buildings. The temple has been reconstructed, and the temple grounds are open to the public year-round. Entrance into the temple is limited to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with current temple recommends. For information about visiting Historic Nauvoo, click or tap here. For information about entering the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, click or tap here.

In Nauvoo, the Lord revealed truths and practices that continue to guide His Church today. His revelations to the Prophet Joseph Smith included the founding of the Relief Society, the practice of baptism and confirmation for the dead, and temple marriage. The Lord also inspired Joseph to confer priesthood keys on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, preparing them to lead the Church if Joseph were to die. After Joseph’s death in nearby Carthage, President Brigham Young and other Apostles led the Church.

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Nauvoo Temple

Learn about the history and significance of the original Nauvoo Temple and the reconstructed temple that stands in Nauvoo today.

Organizing the Church in Nauvoo: D&C 124, 125

Learn about revelations that guided the organization of the Church in Nauvoo—especially revelations about the construction of the Nauvoo Temple and the Nauvoo House.

“Our Hearts Rejoiced to Hear Him Speak”: D&C 129, 130, 131

Learn about the experiences of William Clayton as he recorded revelations the Lord gave the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo.

Letters on Baptism for the Dead: D&C 127, 128

Learn about the historical background of the revelations on baptism for the dead.

Joseph Smith: Prophet and City Leader

The sign that once labeled Joseph Smith’s office in Nauvoo’s Red Brick Store draws attention to his position as prophet, yet it hung in a place where he filled many additional roles.

What to Expect When You Visit Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail

Find information that can help you plan a visit to these sites.