251.2: The Church in Nauvoo (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29)

Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois


The Nauvoo period of 1839-1846 proved both productive and tumultuous. This episode will explore this critical segment of Church history with an emphasis on the following points:

  • Why the Nauvoo period is so important historically
  • Establishment of the Relief Society
  • Establishment of temple ordinances
  • Nauvoo immigration stemming from earlier missionary efforts to England
  • Polygamy and its role in the downfall of Nauvoo

Recurring Donation:

$5   $10   $25   $50

One Time Donation:

$10   $25   $50   $100

Class Member Reading
: Doctrine and Covenants 124:1–21, 87–90, 97–110; 126; Our Heritage, pages 51–52, 55–58, 61–62; Matthew 6:33; Jacob 2:18–19; D&C 6:6; D&C 105:32

Additional Teacher Reading: D&C 124; D&C 57:1–3; 97:10–12; 115:7–12; D&C 118; D&C 64:33–34

Church historian Devery Anderson teaches and hosts this lesson and Danielle and Aaron join the discussion.

Please continue the conversation by posting your comments and questions here, in the facebook group, or email them to me at MormonSundaySchool at gmail.

You can access the Reading Notes here.


Devery Anderson and Gary James Bergera, Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed and The Nauvoo Endowment Companies

John Dinger, The Nauvoo City and High Council Minutes Linda King Newell, “The Historical Relationship of Mormon Women and Priesthood”

Matt McBride, A House for the Most High

D. Michael Quinn, “Mormon Women Have Had the Priesthood Since 1843”

George D. Smith, Nauvoo Polygamy

Brian D. Hales, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!

Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his quality post-production, and to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s