Nauvoo is a reminder that whatever the circumstances, we can build. Build a community, a temple, a home. This week’s lesson focuses on the Nauvoo period and much of what happened there.
With all that is happening in the world around us, it could be tempting to fear the future, rather than build for it. The saints in Nauvoo turned a swamp into an industrious thriving city and built homes of brick. Most important, they built a temple. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” reminds us why they made that effort:
“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”
Even though our hardships don’t necessarily look the same as those living in Nauvoo, fear of the unknown, and doubting whether our efforts matter are sentiments we might share… their example is one we can learn from.