Church History Photos

14. Joseph Smith Jr.’s Red Brick Store

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This reconstruction of Joseph Smith Jr.’s store and office is located in Nauvoo, Illinois. It was one of the most important buildings in the Church during the Nauvoo period. Not only serving as a general store, it also became the center of social, economic, political, and religious activities. Joseph Smith maintained an office on the second floor.

Significant Events: Before the temple was completed, the upper room of the store was used as an ordinance room, where the first full endowments were given. On March 17, 1842, the Prophet Joseph organized the women of the Church into the Relief Society.