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Nauvoo Temple Visitors Center Approved by Local City Council

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In mid-November, the Nauvoo City Council approved plans from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a new visitors center outside the Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

It was the first major hurdle for the project to move forward; the approval came after months of debate over the location and potential drawbacks, including questions about zoning laws and traffic safety. 

“Since the rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple in 2002, we have long desired to help visitors and community members understand the historic Nauvoo Temple in connection with our faith in Jesus Christ and in relation to all our temples around the world,” Elder Jeremiah Morgan, an Area Seventy, wrote in a letter to church members made available to the public.

The Nauvoo Illinois Temple | Courtesy of churchofjesuschrist.org

“In 2020, newly reconstructed and restored homes in the ‘temple district’ of the Nauvoo Historic Sites provided space to tell the story of the people and principles related to the historic temple of the 1840s,” he wrote. “The purpose of the Nauvoo Temple Visitors Center is to teach about the Nauvoo Temple as a spiritual center of our faith, a reflection of our core doctrines and a symbol of our devotion to God and Jesus Christ.”

After it was determined the plan meets all requirements of the law, the Nauvoo City Council voted 6-0 to approve the site plan. 

The plan, as reported by local news, is for a visitors center that allows for both religious worship and public enjoyment. It will feature “a Tiffany stained-glass window, a children’s area, a theater and displays of stonework and other objects from the original temple while serving as venue to help visitors and community members understand the temple in connection with the LDS faith.”

A submitted rendering of the Nauvoo Temple Visitors Center | Courtesy of whig.com

The visitors center will be a single-story building built on an area of greenspace across the street from the temple and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. 

Now that the project has been approved, the Church will begin working on the design of the center in earnest. 

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