My ancestors were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as “Mormons.” Mobs drove them from their homes in Ohio and Missouri, so they settled in a swamp on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. They drained the swamp and built a beautiful city they named “Nauvoo.” They built the Nauvoo Temple which overlooked the river. Eventually, mobs murdered their leader and drove the people from their homes. They fled to a new home in the west.
After they had gone, arsonists burned the insides of the temple, then a tornado blew it down.
About a hundred and fifty years later, the temple was rebuilt. Some of my children chose to be married there, and one of them requested I paint a picture of it for her home. Not only can she remember her wedding day, but her heritage as well.