|The following is the
text of the dedicatory prayer of the Nauvoo Illinois
Temple offered by President Gordon B. Hinckley on June
Almighty God, we
come unto Thee in solemn and reverent prayer in the
name of Thy Beloved Son, our Redeemer, even the Lord
On this same site in
the year 1841, Thy people, under the direction of the
Prophet Joseph Smith, and in obedience to revelation
from Thee, began construction of a temple to the Most
High. They spared nothing in their efforts. They used
the best materials, and with great skill and in a
spirit of consecration, they labored through the
years. Even when their Prophet and Patriarch were
murdered by the ruthless mob in Carthage, the work on
this structure continued. So did persecution against
them. Denied the protection of the law and left to the
mercy of the mob, they knew they would be forced to
abandon their homes, their farms, and their city.
Nonetheless, they determined to complete the temple.
They did so, and in
that holy house ordinances dealing with the things of
eternity, as revealed from Thee, were administered to
thousands. They then left Nauvoo in bitter winter
weather, many of them crossing the Mississippi on the
ice, bound for a place of asylum somewhere in the
Thou knowest, dear
Father, of the travails of those who made that long
journey. Many died and were buried along that trail of
tears. Great was their suffering, tremendous their
We thank Thee that
those harsh days are now long past. We thank Thee for
this season in which we live, with the many blessings
of peace and prosperity which we enjoy at Thy hands.
Thy Spirit has brooded over us and moved upon us, and
in obedience to its prompting we have now
reconstructed on this hallowed ground the temple that
once stood here. Through the tithes of Thy people and
the generosity of faithful Saints there has been
brought together all of the elements and the necessary
skills to create this magnificent structure.
And now, acting in the
authority of the divine priesthood which comes from
Thee, and in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we
dedicate and consecrate unto Thee and unto Him this
the Nauvoo Illinois Temple of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We dedicate the ground
on which it stands with its beautiful vegetation, the
footings, the foundation, the walls and the tower with
its bell, all surmounted by the figure of Moroni. We
dedicate the magnificent baptistry, the areas for the
initiatory ordinances, the endowment rooms, the
beautiful celestial room, the sealing rooms and their
sacred altars. We dedicate every space and facility in
this wonderful structure.
Brought together in
splendid harmony are the stones of the walls, the
carefully crafted woods, the decorative murals and
other paintings, the drapes and carpets, the elegant
windows and many other unique and beautiful features.
The entire structure has become a treasured work of
We pray that Thou wilt
accept of this our offering. The hearts of the
children have literally turned to those fathers who
worked on the original building. They have done so
with love and a wonderful spirit of consecrated
Now, Beloved Father,
this is Thy house, the gift of Thy thankful Saints. We
pray that Thou wilt visit it. Hallow it with Thy
presence and that of Thy Beloved Son. Let Thy Holy
Spirit dwell here at all times. May Thy work be
accomplished here, and Thine eternal purposes brought
to pass in behalf of Thy children, both the living and
the dead. May our hearts reach to Thee as we serve
within these walls. May all who are baptized in behalf
of those beyond the veil of death know that they are
doing something necessary under Thine eternal plan.
May those who are here endowed understand and realize
the magnitude of the blessings that come of this
sacred ordinance. Seal upon them the covenants which
they make with Thee. Open their eyes to a clear
perception of Thy divine purposes. As they move into
the beautiful celestial room, may their minds be
brought to an understanding of Thy glorious plan for
the salvation and exaltation of Thy children.
May those who gather at
the altars in the sealing rooms, whether in their own
behalf or in behalf of their forebears, comprehend by
the power of the Spirit Thy divine will concerning the
eternity of the family — fathers, mothers, and
children, joined together in an everlasting union. May
they receive a vision of Thine infinite "plan of
happiness" which Thou hast designed for Thy
faithful sons and daughters.
May all who come within
these hallowed walls be worthy to enter into Thy
presence. Save this structure from desecration of any
kind. May it stand immaculate with "holiness to
the Lord." Strike down the evil hand of any who
may seek to injure or destroy. Preserve this Thy house
from the storms of nature and destructive elements of
We pray for the temple
presidency and the matron and her assistants. May they
be blessed with strength and energy to carry forward
their heavy responsibilities. Bless all who serve with
them as workers that they may find great joy in their
labors. May those who come as patrons walk reverently
before Thee and be brought to a knowledge of Thy will
and Thy ways.
We pray for those whom
Thou hast appointed to stand in responsibilities of
leadership in Thy Church and kingdom. Reveal unto Thy
servant Thy will and bless him and his associates that
all may work together for the accomplishment of Thy
Bless Thy cause
throughout all the earth. We invoke Thy blessings upon
Thy people wherever they may be.
As was said in
Kirtland: "Remember all thy church, O Lord, with
all their families, and all their immediate
connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones,
with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the
kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may
become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;
"That thy church
may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and
shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and
terrible as an army with banners;
"And be adorned as
a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the
heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy
presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough
places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the
earth" (D&C 109:72-74).
Father dear, bless this
land that those who govern shall never trample the
rights of the people as was once done in Nauvoo. May
liberty and peace be maintained under the banner of
the Constitution, which Thou hast caused to be
established "for the rights and protection of all
flesh" (D&C 101:77). Bless this city of
Nauvoo, which came to be known as the City of Joseph.
May it shine with a renewed luster as the home of a
Temple of God. May this sacred house stand as a
memorial to him who lived here and was buried here,
Joseph Smith, the great prophet of this dispensation,
and his brother Hyrum, whom he loved.
We love Thee, Father.
We love Thy Beloved Son. Smile with favor upon us.
Strengthen our resolve to walk acceptably before Thee
at all times. Increase our dedication to Thy will.
Keep ever bright in our memories the solemn covenants
into which we have entered with Thee. May Thy
blessings attend us, and all who seek to live Thy
Praise be to Thee, Thou
great Elohim, Thou who dwellest in the heavens and
governeth the universe. Thou art our Father and our
God, to whom we may come in prayer. To Thee we lift
our voices in adoration and worship.
Increase our love for
Thine Only Begotten Son, our Redeemer who has snatched
us from the jaws of death and opened before us the
wonders of eternity. Accept this our prayer, we ask
Thee in His holy name, even the name of Jesus Christ.