When Joseph Smith received the keys to gather Israel and learned the location of the city of Zion, the Saints joyfully left Ohio to gather in their promised land. Independence was "the center place" and hopes were high. But hope soon faded under the weight of relentless persecution. The dream of Zion was postponed until the day when the Saints could gather before the throne of their Lord and King.
The Nauvoo era was a time of beauty, industry, spirituality, courage, and tragedy. Beginning with the bright hope of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and ending with the martyrdom of the Church's first prophet, Joseph Smith, early Nauvoo represents the dedication today’s Church members aspire to and the religious intolerance they seek to overcome.
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In the early 1800s, God called a latter-day prophet. The Times of the Gentiles were fulfilled, but a tempest raged in the hearts of men. To protect the Saints from terrible persecution the Lord commanded the Church to move to Kirtland, Ohio. Amazing things happened during those few short years, including Jesus' acceptance of the first temple to be built in His name in almost two thousand years.
For a shining moment the Savior walked the earth. But after His crucifixion false doctrines arose, the Covenant of Abraham was taken, and a great apostasy filled the earth. For nearly 1,500 years the Gentiles reigned amidst darkness until the Father and the Son again appeared to man. The wondrous events that occurred around Palmyra, New York, would initiate the restoration of all things.
Have You Ever Wanted Proof of the Restoration?
Whether helping a friend learn more about the Church, teaching the kids during Family Home Evening, or taking your first step in the mission field, the answer is the same — yes! Yet many members of the Church have never realized how perfect the scriptures are, or how many details Joseph had to have just right for the Restoration to be true.