8 episodes

This podcast presents the story of the Nauvoo Temple, explaining why Latter-day Saints in the 1840s sacrificed time, labor, and a sizeable portion of their meager possessions to bring about the promised blessings of the temple.

The Nauvoo Temple: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 142 Ratings

This podcast presents the story of the Nauvoo Temple, explaining why Latter-day Saints in the 1840s sacrificed time, labor, and a sizeable portion of their meager possessions to bring about the promised blessings of the temple.

    Episode 8 — An Old City, a New Temple

    Episode 8 — An Old City, a New Temple

    On April 4, 1999, President Gordon B. Hinckley stunned Latter-day Saints with an announcement that the Nauvoo Temple would be reconstructed. This episode considers what it means today to know that a temple once again stands in Nauvoo.

    Episode 7 — The Return to Nauvoo

    Episode 7 — The Return to Nauvoo

    We describes the gradual return of the Latter-day Saints to Nauvoo, exploring the various efforts of churches and governments to designate the “City Beautiful” as a historic site.
    Guests: Alex Smith, Benjamin Pykles, Lachlan Mackay, Steven Olsen

    Episode 6 — Martyrdom, Dedication, and Exodus

    Episode 6 — Martyrdom, Dedication, and Exodus

    This episode explains how the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith coupled with hostility towards the Saints affected the construction and dedication of the Nauvoo Temple and forced the Saints to prepare to leave the city—possibly even the country.

    Episode 5 — Looking toward Eternity

    Episode 5 — Looking toward Eternity

    This episode considers the ways that Joseph Smith prepared church members to receive the endowment and sealing ordinances in the temple, including through the founding of the female Relief Society of Nauvoo.

    Episode 4 — Obstacles

    Episode 4 — Obstacles

    We explain how the principle of tithing enabled the impoverished Latter-day Saints to build the Nauvoo Temple and overcome external obstacles, including the attempted extraditions of Joseph Smith to Missouri.
    Guests: Jeffrey Mahas, Elizabeth Kuehn

    Episode 3 — A Welding Link

    Episode 3 — A Welding Link

    This episode explores Joseph Smith’s revelations on proxy baptisms for deceased relatives as well as the lasting impact of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles’ mission to Great Britain.
    Guests: Alex Baugh, Brett Dowdle

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Caprice63 ,

Well Crafted Podcast

I have enjoyed listening to all the episodes. Joseph Smith Papers has done an excellent job in making the history of the Church accessible, informative, and interesting. I wish this had been around when I was in my youth as it would have put so many teachings from talks and lessons into context. A big shout out to all the scholars who participated. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

Angela M Boyle ,

I learned so much!

It was a great series, including information I knew and some I did not. Little details and stories added depth and color and renewed my admiration for the people of that time. A wonderful podcast!

In the Element Now! ,

Well written and insightful!

This podcast has opened my eyes and linked me to The Saints of the past. It’s well written and thought out. The many experts bring more detailed insight. Spencer McBride has a calming voice and is easy to listen to. I will probably listen to it again!

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