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Nauvoo Stake, Priesthood Quorums, and the Church's First Wards

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Nauvoo Stake, Priesthood Quorums, and the Church's First Wards

William G. Hartley

A restored Seventies Hall stands on the north side of Parley Street in Nauvoo, a memorial to one office and quorum of the priesthood. Today, Latter-day Saint guides use the building, originally built in 1844, as an appropriate site for telling about the Church's proselyting efforts, a labor assigned by revelation to ordained seventies. But the hall is also a fitting site for explaining stake and local priesthood work in Old Nauvoo: here, the Nauvoo Stake held many presidency and high council meetings; here, men in Nauvoo's thirty-three seventies quorums, the high priests quorum, and other priesthood groups met, prayed, discussed the gospel, and received and reported on priesthood assignments. No comparable priesthood hall is found in today's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.