Doctrine and Covenants 124 – “A House unto My Name”

October 25, 2021 to October 31, 2021

The Saints’ years in Nauvoo were a time of growth and revelation, as they learned more about temple ordinances and building a community.


“The Nauvoo Temple, 1841,” Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer 

D&C 124 contains many specific commandments that can be grouped: to prepare a solemn proclamation, to build a hotel in Nauvoo called the Nauvoo House, to build a temple in Nauvoo, and to reorganize priesthood quorums. 

BYU Studies Special Issue on Nauvoo: BYU Studies, Vol. 32, no. 1-2 (1992). These sixteen articles were presented as a special issue on Nauvoo history:


“Transforming Swampland into Nauvoo, the City Beautiful: A Civil Engineering Perspective,” Kyle M. Rollins, Richard D. Smith, M. Brett Borup, and E. James Nelson, BYU Studies, Vol. 45, no. 3
The Saints began settling in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in 1839. They found the area uninhabitable due to standing water, dense underbrush, and mosquitoes. The Saints successfully drained lowlands and diverted runoff from higher ground, allowing buildings and gardens to be installed. A team of engineering faculty of Brigham Young University studied soil, topography, extant ditches, and historical records to reconstruct the design and methods the Saints used to drain Nauvoo. Their report includes ample maps and graphics to explain how the Saints were able to transform the swampy land into a beautiful city.

Additional resource:

Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise, Glen M. Leonard
This 800-page book thoroughly covers the Mormon presence in Nauvoo. “The unfolding of temple doctrines to a gathered people during the seven-year Nauvoo period attracts our attention…. The common thread is the Saints’ search for places of refuge where they could unite in a quest for inner spiritual peace. In Nauvoo, they found the peace they were seeking when they entered the House of the Lord,” writes Glen Leonard. “Because of the complex nature of reminiscences, this history draws mostly from documentary evidence from the Nauvoo period.” This book lets the Saints speak for themselves.