Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nauvoo Temple

Nauvoo Temple

Up on the hill, where it can be seen from almost everywhere in Nauvoo, is the beautiful Nauvoo temple.  Right now there are so many trees in the area that sometimes the view is blocked for a moment or two, but I'm anxious to see how it looks in the winter when there are no leaves on the trees.  Here are a few more views. 

In front of the temple is a beautiful flower garden overlooking the Mississippi River.

In the garden is a statue of Joseph and Hyrum Smith leaving Nauvoo for the last time.  On the plaque it says:

The Prophet's Last Ride

On the morning of June 24, 1844, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum left their families, homes, and fellow Saints for the last time.  Traveling on horseback, they paused on this bluff.  Joseph looked admiringly at the unfinished temple and declared:

                 "This is the lovliest place and the best people under the heavens;
                                 little do they know the trials that await them."

Joseph and Hyrum then continued on to Carthage, Illinois, where they faced legal charges and eventual death at the hands of a mob.

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