Milton V. Backman, Jr., Salt Lake City: Kofford Books, 2002, softback, 190 pages.
Between May 1839 and September 1846, Latter-day Saints gained spiritual strength that enabled them to eventually become a mighty people in the midst of the Rockies. Before gathering near the crescent bend of the Mississippi, Latter-day Saints had experienced a refiners fire. That purification continued as these converts directed their attention from worldly gain to spiritual pursuits in Nauvoo. Drawing on numerous journals and other primary sources Professor Backman sketches for us the founding, growth, and development of Nauvoo. Discussed are the sacrifices made to construct the second LDS temple, which is the first temple where the highest LDS ordinances were introduced.
Dr. Milton V. Backman, Jr. is an emeritus professor of Church History and Doctrine from Brigham Young University. For thirty-one years he taught at Brigham Young University. After retiring in 1991, he served several missions in Nauvoo, helped organize the BYU Semester Program in that historic community and taught LDS Church history and early American history in that program for eight semesters.