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Benediction, 6 April 1841

The architects then, by direction of the First Presidency, lowered the first (S. E. corner) stone to its place, and Pres’t. Joseph Smith pronounced the benediction as follows, “This principal corner stone, in representation of the First Presidency, is now duly laid in honor of the great God; and may it there remain until the whole fabric is completed; and may the same be accomplished speedily; that the Saints may have a place to worship God, and the Son of Man have where to lay his head.” [p. 376]
The architects then, by direction  of the First Presidency, lowered the first  (S. E. corner) stone to its place, and  Pres’t. Joseph Smith pronounced the  benediction as follows, “This principal  corner stone, in representation of the  First Presidency, is now duly laid in  honor of the great God; and may it  there remain until the whole fabric is  completed; and may the same be ac complished speedily; that the Saints  may have a place to worship God, and  the Son of Man have where to lay his  head.” [p. 376]
JS, Benediction, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 6 Apr. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Apr. 1841, 2:376.

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