Nauvoo Temple president and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy Elder Wayne Peterson said the temple is revered by many as one of the most integral parts in the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Nauvoo Temple was announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley in the 1999 April General Conference. Three years later, the temple was dedicated on the very day and hour of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith.
The reconstructed temple lies on its original foundation with 98 percent of the outside design exactly as it was in the 1840s. The temple sits atop a bluff facing the Mississippi River, as it did when it was first constructed, and remains the only Latter-day Saint temple to have a bell tower.