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Nauvoo: KINGDOM ON THE MISSISSIPPI Paperback – July 1, 1975
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As interpreted by Flanders, Nauvoo is largely a story of tragedy, both personally for Joseph Smith and collectively for the Mormons. For Flanders, the lofty visions that had led to the founding of the Latter Day Saint church descended into a secular quagmire of economics and politics because of internal flaws and external pressures on the banks of the Mississippi. Ultimately, the city failed and the church fractured.
Passages of note:
P.151: Plans were to build a shipping canal down the centre of Main St to be also used for driving mills. But this idea never eventuated due to the discovery of a stratum of limestone at the northern end of the street, thus making the plan impracticable. Instead, this became the quarry used for the Temple stone.
p.188: Commercial development on Mulholland St (on the "hill") past the Temple was overtaking Joseph Smith's plan for the commercial centre on the "flat" (Main St). The enmity from feuding with the promoters on the "hill" (Law, Higbee & Foster - publishers of the Nauvoo Expositor) led to his death. "The commercial character of Mulholland St has survived to the present, while that of Main St has entirely disappeared."
pp.200-201 Due to the slow progress of the Temple:
- Joseph Smith pronounces there will be no more General Conferences or baptisms for the dead until the Temple is completed. "For thus said the Lord!". The threat was not carried out - the font was ready for use the following month and conferences continued.
- A policy is announced that only those that contributed to the building of the Temple (tithing and/or labor) could attend. Hence the beginning of the current Temple Recommend...
p.245-247: Word of Wisdom initially enforced in Nauvoo, but quickly became ignored by leaders...until late century Utah.
p250-251: Times and Seasons originally on Water & Bain Streets, privately owned.Read more ›
I would recomend it to anyone wanting to know the history of the Mormon religion.
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One of the first books to explore thoroughly and dispassionately the history of the Latter-day Restoration Movement. Very well worth the read.Published 23 months ago by Roger E. Borg