DS describes the failure of the Nauvoo Temple.

Denver Snuffer

Denver C. Snuffer, Jr., Passing the Heavenly Gift (Salt Lake City: Mill Creek Press, 2011), 268-269

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The Nauvoo Temple was never available for Joseph to pass along anything to anyone. It was incomplete at his death, and so he introduced a form of endowment in his red brick store. Why, if the fullness could only be restored in the Nauvoo Temple, would Joseph begin to perform additional rites in his red brick store in May, 1842? Why, if the fullness of the priesthood could only be bestowed in the temple, would Brigham Young later assert he got it from Joseph Smtih outside the Nauvoo Temple? Why, if the saints were driven from Nauvoo by mobs, never allowed to complete and use the temple before being exiled, does the church claim they successfully accomplished all required of them, and avoided "cursings, wrath, indignation and judgements" from God for their failure? What evidence is there the Nauvoo saints met the Lord's condition that "if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place?" . . . Were they rejected? Were they cursed? Did they experience the Lord's indignation? His judgments? Why were they not moved out of their place instead of driven from the land? Does the fact that the Nauvoo temple was burned by an arsonist on November 10, 1848 as the saints finally abandoned the city, shed any light on the saints' compliance with what the Lord required of them? The burned Nauvoo Temple was further destroyed by a tornado on May 27, 1850, making it a dangerous edifice. As a precaution, the city tore what remained of the building down. The destruction of the Nauvoo Temple was so complete, there was not one stone left upon another which was not thrown down. What does that suggest about the Lord's promise: "If ye labor with all your might, I will consecrate that spot that it shall be made holy." Was it consecrated by Him? Made holy by Him? Protected by Him? These are interesting questions to ponder. The answers suggest perhaps a different narrative about the saints' conduct in Nauvoo, and all their subsequent trials, than the one presented by the church.

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