People and Power of Nauvoo: Themes from the Nauvoo Experience


by Milton V. Backman Jr.

Book Synopsis:

Between May 1839 and September 1846, Latter-day Saints gained spiritual strength that enabled them to eventually become a mighty people in the midst of the Rockies. Before gathering near the crescent bend of the Mississippi, Latter-day Saints had experienced a refiner’s fire. That purification continued as these converts directed their attention from worldly gain to spiritual pursuits in Nauvoo. Drawing on numerous journals and other primary sources, Professor Backman sketches for us the founding, growth, and development of Nauvoo. Discussed are the sacrifices made to construct its temple, the second built by Joseph’s people but the first in which the highest LDS ordinances were introduced.

About the Author:

Dr. Milton V. Backman, Jr. is an emeritus professor of Church History and Doctrine from Brigham Young University where he taught for thirty-one years. After retiring in 1991, he served several missions in Nauvoo, helped organize the BYU Semester Program in that historic community, and taught LDS Church history and early American history in that program for eight semesters.

More Information:

170 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58958-017-6 (Paperback)

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