Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2005. Hardcover/dust jacket. 480pp. Reg. $39.95. For the two months the Nauvoo temple was in operation (December 1845-February 1846), scribes carefully documented all activities and events taking place inside, including lectures on portions of the ceremonies that were acted out as a play and the significance of sealing rituals. Their narratives begin with the lighting of fires and hauling of water each morning at 3:00 a.m. in preparation for the day's events.
Historians, biographers, and genealogists will find the details (federal marshals searching the building to serve arrest warrants, for instance), as well as the names of initiates and dates of ordinances, to be significant. For general readers, this documentary history also offers evidence of the great sacrifices on the part of the first Mormons, who were anxious to make themselves right before God, strengthen family ties, and unite their community. New. Item #10906