This week in Church history

25 years ago

Sixteen restored buildings in Nauvoo, Ill., were dedicated by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then a counselor in the First Presidency, Aug. 14, 1982, according to the Aug. 21, 1982, Church News.

The article stated President Hinckley conducted the services before "the largest body of Church members since the 1840s to assemble in a meeting on the Nauvoo Temple block."

It continued: "The Aug. 14 gathering was for the dedication of 16 recently restored 19th century buildings and the excavated site where the Nauvoo Temple once stood."

Among the buildings dedicated were: Masonic Hall, Scovil Bakery, Lyon Drug and Variety Store, Times and Seasons building, and the Erastus Snow-Nathaniel Ashby duplex. Other buildings in Nauvoo had previously been dedicated.

According to the article: "(President Hinckley) said the saints knew they would not remain long in Nauvoo, that they would go to the Rocky Mountains, but Nauvoo was still to be built."

Speaking of crucible as a test or trial of great severity, President Hinckley called Nauvoo a crucible of vision, loyalty, integrity, leadership and faith for the pioneers of the 1840s.

About Nauvoo as a crucible of faith, he said, "It would have been so much easier to have renounced belief, subscribed to the demands of the mob, and remained here to enjoy the fruits of earlier industry. But their faith had become the very essence of their lives."

It was reported that more than 2,000 people attended the services including "representatives of the city of Nauvoo, state of Illinois and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints."