The Nauvoo Temple – Winter 1845-46

Watercolor Painting of the Nauvoo Temple

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See a step by step demonstration on the painting of “The Nauvoo Temple”. This painting represents a specific time and place in American history. During the early days of the LDS Church the Saints suffered from persecution and were forced out of Missouri by an extermination order issued by Governor Boggs. In the dead of winter they crossed the Mississippi River to Illinois and purchased a tract of unwanted swamp land. Within a few years they built a city there called “Nauvoo” which became one of the largest cities in Illinois, rivalling even Chicago at the time. Here they built a temple to God with the hope of worshipping in peace. However old animosities arose and they were driven out once again by mobs. Their temple was barely completed at the time of their exodus and during an 8 week period between December 1845 and February 1846 thousands of faithful saints were able to receive their temple blessings there. Among them were some of my own Mormon pioneer ancestors, who eventually travelled by covered wagon and on-foot across the country to settle what is now Utah. This painting depicts those few weeks in winter when, in spite of severe religious persecution, the people were able to attend their beloved temple.



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