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New Joseph Smith Papers podcast dives into the Nauvoo Temple and the ordinances introduced there


In his October 2021 general conference address, President Russell M. Nelson said, “I plead with you to seek—prayerfully and consistently—to understand temple covenants and ordinances.”

And a new miniseries podcast from the Joseph Smith Papers project is ready to help us do just that. The Nauvoo Temple podcast shares how the building of the temple and the introduction of temple ordinances is essential to our modern-day appreciation for the temple, Joseph Smith’s doctrinal teachings, and the Restoration.

Spencer McBride, associate managing historian for the Joseph Smith Papers project and the podcast‘s host, said the temple is “designed as a way to have the power of God in our lives, to strengthen us, and to help us. And that was the clear motive of Joseph Smith and the early Church leaders and Church members in building these temples.”

The Nauvoo Temple has eight episodes—all of which are available now—beginning with the history of Nauvoo as a community before the Saints arrived, to the rebuilding of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple and its dedication in 2002.

“Understanding why that temple was built, how it was built, and how the ordinances were revealed to Church members by Joseph Smith is an essential component of our history,” McBride said.

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