In this second part of our photographic tour of Church history sites, we look this month at scenes in Missouri and Illinois. Photography is by Eldon K. Linschoten.
An aerial view of Independence, Missouri. Joseph Smith dedicated a three-acre temple lot here on 3 August 1831. Bishop Edward Partridge purchased sixty-three acres of temple lands for $130 on December 19. In this photograph, the temple lot is left of the dome-shaped building, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Auditorium. Just above the auditorium is the LDS visitors’ center, then the parking lot of the LDS stake center, and the stake center itself, with the mission home and the old chapel housing the mission office immediately above. On the temple lot itself is the white frame meetinghouse of the Church of Christ—Temple Lot.
Twice each Sunday, meetings were held in this grove of trees west of the Nauvoo Temple. From the open windows of Edward Hunter’s white house, Joseph Smith could “attend” services while in hiding.
Aerial view of Nauvoo, with the temple lot in the lower right-hand corner. The Seventies’ Hall is in the upper left.
Aerial view of the temple lot in Nauvoo looking east. The foundations have been excavated.
The Nauvoo House, maintained by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is in the foreground. The light-colored house, left center, is the Mansion House in which the Prophet Joseph lived for the last ten months of his life.
Independence Visitors’ Center, dedicated in 1971 as part of the temple lot.
Also excavated at the temple site, this rough stone was marked with “SECT 1831” meaning “south-east corner temple.”
In 1838, the Saints gathered in Far West in Missouri’s Caldwell County. The Prophet Joseph dedicated this grassy field as a temple site, and D&C 118 instructed the Twelve to depart on their missions for England from here. Even though the Saints were driven from the state by mobs, the faithful apostles returned to this site before starting their journey across the ocean. Pictured here is the south-west cornerstone for the temple.
1862 monument commemorating Kansas City’s first schoolhouse; Latter-day Saints laid the first log for the walls on 2 August 1831.
Driven out of Jackson County, the Saints left Missouri by ferry boats across the Missouri River. They departed from this point at Independence Landing or from other nearby ferry stations. With hundreds of people making the wintertime journey, Parley P. Pratt wrote that the scene was “indescribable.”