Historic sites tell of stalwart souls

Nauvoo scene of significant events

Some significant doctrines and events of the Restoration unfolded during the Nauvoo period of Church history. Among these were the doctrine of baptism for the dead, the temple endowment and the organization of the Relief Society.

Heber C. Kimball home is one of many restored 1840s structures in old Nauvoo, Ill., where some important doctrines unfolded.
Heber C. Kimball home is one of many restored 1840s structures in old Nauvoo, Ill., where some important doctrines unfolded. Credit: Photo by Steve Fidel

In July 1995, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve and his family took occasion to travel to Nauvoo, Ill., and other Church historic sites in the United States. In his general conference talk in October of that year, he related:

"Our tour of these locations filled our souls with an even greater love and respect for the Prophet Joseph Smith, for his family, and for the stalwarts who first embraced the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What an extraordinary experience it was to teach my family from the Doctrine and Covenants while standing on the very ground where many of those revelations and instructions were received.

"Visiting those inspirational sites and immersing ourselves as a family in the events of the Restoration reminded me again of the marvelous privilege we have to live in a day when we have such clear doctrinal understanding of our Heavenly Father's plan for the salvation and exaltation of His children. The clarity of our relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored Church is precious, empowering knowledge for each one of us. I thank God that in these difficult days of moral decay and departure from sound values, we have no shortage of revealed truth to guide our lives."