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20+ Nauvoo Temple Pictures: Moving Forward With Faith

The Nauvoo Temple was built on two things: inspiration and community. It is a heartfelt tribute of personal sacrifice and hardy faith of those who helped construct it. 


Early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints paid tithes of their time and talent in constructing it. Some offered meager savings, and others worked together within the community to generate funds. This beautiful temple was hardly the triumph of one individual, but rather the magnificent result of a united people.


The construction of the Nauvoo Temple led to much of the Church organization groups we are familiar with today, such as wards and Relief Society. This additional organizational structure simplified the process. It made it easier to come together as a community of believers to create something beautiful.


Despite manifold blessings from following God’s counsel, early church members began to experience increasing persecution because of their beliefs. It soon became evident that they would have to flee Nauvoo, but many resolved to complete the temple first. 


They wanted to participate in the covenants performed in the temple, such as being sealed together as families. Like the ancient Israelites, they wanted to make special promises with God that would strengthen them as they faced surmounting challenges for their faith. 


Leaders of the Church eventually sold the building to help fund the saint’s migration West. Its interior became a victim to fire and its walls to a tornado. But that has not put a stop to the work happening in Nauvoo. Under the leadership of President Gordon B. Hinkley, the Church painstakingly rebuilt the historical temple to match the original structure and details. You may be able to tell from some of our Nauvoo Temple pictures that the building does not look near as old as described here. But the craftsmanship is just as careful.


It now serves many members of the Church, providing them with deeper spiritual knowledge and strength just as it had for the original builders. It stands as a testament that, with God, no sacrifice is ever wasted. We may not see the results of our efforts now, and we may not always understand God’s purposes, but we can have faith that He will fulfill all promises He has made to us, and then some.


We hope you enjoy this collection of professional Nauvoo Temple pictures by our artists and photographers! Have you visited this temple? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

History-Based Nauvoo Temple Pictures

Triptych painting of the Nauvoo Temple, showing the construction and miracles.

Building Nauvoo by Annie Henrie Nader

Painting of early Nauvoo with the temple on a hill in the background.

Nauvoo Illinois Temple by Eric Dowdle

Nauvoo Temple with a beautiful orange sunrise in the background.

The Time of Joseph by Lori Hatfield

Nauvoo Temple - Nauvoo Sunrise Detail by Robert A Boyd

History-Based Nauvoo Temple Pictures

Navuoo Temple grounds with green leaves beginning to change color.

Nauvoo Temple - Fall Beginning by Scott Jarvie

Nauvoo Temple picture featuring the statues of Joseph and Hyrum on horseback. Orange clouds in the background.

Nauvoo Temple - Sunrise with Joseph and Hyrum by Robert A Boyd

Nauvoo Temple walls behind full branches of red leaves.

Nauvoo Temple - Red Leaves by Robert A Boyd

Nauvoo Temple windows behind full branches of red leaves.

Nauvoo Temple - Red Leaves vertical crop by Robert A Boyd

Nauvoo Temple picture with apple tree in foreground.

Nauvoo Temple - Apple Tree by Robert A Boyd

Nauvoo Temple against a deep blue sky.

Nauvoo Temple - Fall Sky by Robert A Boyd

Picture of the Nauvoo Temple from across an autumn field.

Nauvoo Temple - Fall Field by Robert A Boyd

Nauvoo Temple facing West toward an orange horizon.

Nauvoo Temple - Looking West by Robert A Boyd

Panoramic photo of Kirtland with the Nauvoo Temple centered in the background.

In the Distance by Scott Jarvie

Under the leadership of President Gordon B. Hinkley, the Church painstakingly rebuilt the historical temple to match the original structure and details. You may be able to tell from some of our Nauvoo Temple pictures that the building does not look near as old as described here. But the craftsmanship is just as careful.

Summer Nauvoo Temple Pictures

Angled photo fo the Nauvoo Temple facing West. Green trees fill the foreground.

Nauvoo Illinois Temple - Looking West at Sunset by Robert A Boyd

Side view of the Nauvoo Temple. It's windows glow against a darkening sky.

Nauvoo Temple - All Lit Up by Scott Jarvie

Nauvoo Temple surrounded by green grass and trees.

Nauvoo Temple - Green Summer by Scott Jarvie


Front view of the Nauvoo Temple standing against a cloudy blue sky.

Nauvoo Temple - Nauvoo the Beautiful by Robert A Boyd

Nauvoo Temple standing against a blue and purple sky.

Nauvoo Temple - Horsemen by Scott Jarvie

Nauvoo Temple Spire against a cloudy blue sky.

Nauvoo Temple - Spire by Scott Jarvie

Nauvvo Temple surrounded by red tulips.

Nauvoo Temple - Tulips by Scott Jarvie

Nauvoo Temple surrounded by yellow and purple flowers. Sky is a cream color.

Nauvoo Temple - Vision by Mandy Jane Williams

Painting of the Nauvoo Temple standing behind forest trees.

Nauvoo the Beautiful by Mark Eastmond

Nauvoo Temple from across a purple river against a purple sky

Nauvoo Temple - Across the Mississippi Panoramic by Robert A Boyd

Panoramic aerial photo of the Nauvoo Temple and gorunds.

Nauvoo Temple - Mississippi Sunset by Scott Jarvie

Panoramic picture of the Nauvoo Temple surrounded by green trees from across a river.

Nauvoo Temple - Across the Mississippi by Scott Jarvie

Wintery Nauvoo Temple Pictures

Nauvoo Temple beneath wintery trees, surrounded by snowfall.

Nauvoo Temple - After an Ice Storm by Scott Jarvie

Posters of Nauvoo Temple Pictures

Poster of the Nauvoo Temple spire. Test reads: "I love to see the temple".

Nauvoo Temple - Spire 12x18 repositionable poster

Poster of the Nauvoo Temple facing a sunset. Text reads: "Keep on the Covenant Path".

Nauvoo Temple - Path 12x18 repositionable poster