January 1, 2015

Illinois Nauvoo Mission

Free resources about the Illinois Nauvoo Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Illinois LDS Missions.

Illinois Nauvoo Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Illinois Nauvoo Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Illinois Nauvoo Mission
975 Young Street
P.O. Box 215
Nauvoo, Il. 62354

or

Illinois Nauvoo Mission
290 N Main St
NAUVOO, ILLINOIS 62354
UNITED STATES

Phone Number: 1-217-453-2419
Mission President: President Larry W. Gibbons

Illinois Nauvoo Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Illinois Nauvoo Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Nauvoo Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Video with Nauvoo RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Illinois Nauvoo Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Illinois

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Illinois. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Illinois, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  places  history  nature  time lapses  Storms and Natural Disasters

Illinois Nauvoo Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Illinois Nauvoo Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Nauvoo Mission historicnauvoo.net 2017
Elder & Sister Gibson thegibsonsgotonauvoo.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Rober robernauvoo.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Johnson davidpamnauvoomission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Horlacher nauvoohorlachers.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Walton waltonsinnauvoo.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Harris bevandjimharrismission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Gross harleengross.weebly.com 2016
Elder & Sister Sudweeks lorettasudweeks.wordpress.com 2016
Elder & Sister Shaw 12monthsinnauvoo.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Claudia Goodman claudiainnauvoo.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Natalie Pugmire sisternataliepugmire.blogspot.com 2016
Mission Alumni mission.net/illinois/nauvoo 2015
Elder & Sister Doying doyingmission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Orme ormenauvoomission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Johnson whatisnauvoo.blogspot.com 2015
Missionary Couple jerryandjanmission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Schultz schultzmission.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Madison Allred sistermadisonallred.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Campbell campbellnauvoo.wordpress.com 2014
Elder & Sister Chynoweth missionsite.net/elderandsisterchynoweth 2014
Elder & Sister Tuckett missionsite.net/eldermarvtuckett 2013
Elder & Sister Knudsen knudsensgmission.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Bashaw nauvoobashaws.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Scott scottnauvoomission.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Amber Zibetti sisterazibetti.blogspot.com 2013
Elder William Loveless elderwdlvi.blogspot.com 2012
Elder & Sister Evans tamaraevans.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Marcia Geilmann marciasmumblings.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Anne Bailey sisterbailey.blogspot.com 2010
Elder & Sister Williams steveandlindawilliams.blogspot.com 2010

Illinois Nauvoo Mission Groups

Here are Illinois Nauvoo Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Nauvoo Mission.

  1. Nauvoo Mission Facebook Group (53 members)
  2. Nauvoo Mission Facebook Group (27 members)
  3. Chicago and Nauvoo Mission Moms (LDS) Group (26 members)

Illinois Nauvoo Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Illinois Nauvoo Mission!

Shirt designs include Illinois Nauvoo Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Illinois Nauvoo missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Nauvoo Mission gifts

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Illinois Nauvoo Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Illinois Nauvoo LDS Mission.

  1. 2014-2017, Larry W. Gibbons
  2. 2011-2014, Russell Gilliland
  3. 2008-2011, Robert Ludwig
  4. 2005-2008, Neal C. Lewis
  5. 2002-2005, J. Samuel Park
  6. 1999-2002, Richard K. Sager

Illinois LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 56,920
  • Missions: 3
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 128
  • Family History Centers: 39

Helpful Articles about Illinois

Coming soon..

Illinois Nauvoo Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Illinois Nauvoo RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2007-2009 (Cathi)
  • 2007 (Tricia)
  • 2006-2007 (Marie)
  • 2005-2007 (Bonnie)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Nauvoo and Carthage. (Cathi)
  • Nauvoo, Illinois. (Tricia)
  • Nauvoo, Illinois and Carthage Illinois. (Marie)
  • Nauvoo, Illinois. (Bonnie)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Everything. (Marie)
  • I enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts when the missionaries brought pot luck! (Bonnie)

What was a funny experience?

  • I was a service missionary who played drumset in the Nauvoo Brass Band. We would ride every day on a horse drawn wagon set up especially for the band. I was on a platform on the very back. Well, one day we were pulling out of the visitor’s center to do another round and one of the drivers accidentally put on the brake; the wagon immediately jerked to a stop and I went flying off the back of the wagon! And it took a minute for anyone to notice since I was gone! Good thing it only happened once, haha! (Tricia)
  • Trying to dance in the Sunset on the Mississippi Show. (Marie)
  • When Doreen Bateman performed on the Missionary Talent Show. She was hilarious! (Bonnie)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Walking on the ice on February 4th during the reenactment of the Winter Exodus. (Marie)
  • Crossing the Mississippi with the draw bridge opening. (Bonnie)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Bearing testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially in the martyrdom room in Carthage Jail. (Cathi)
  • While we were serving that summer we had several service missionaries put their papers in for a proselyting mission. It was so awesome because when they got their mission calls in the mail, we would all go to the Hall of the Seventy where the first members of The Church would receive their mission calls and the service missionaries would open their calls there. Their families would be there via phone, and get to hear that way. One of these times we all sang The Spirit of God. There were maybe 40 or so of us gathered there, but it felt and sounded like there were more than that. I thought that the roof was going to fly off the building because of the power that was coming from all of us. The spirit was so strong; it was an absolutely amazing experience; one of my favorite all time. (Tricia)
  • Serving each time in the Carthage Jail and telling Joseph’s story there. I was very emotional each time I served there. (Marie)
  • Testimony Meetings were so beautiful. Visitors to the sites showed gratitude for the spirit felt in the sites. One lady who was a convert was so grateful that we had invited her to share in a service project. She helped us weed the yard of the Brigham Young home. After that she said now I have a connection to the pioneers! Brigham Young will know of my service. Since she had no previous pioneer heritage, this gave her that connection. (Bonnie)

What are some interesting facts about the Nauvoo Mission?

  • The fact that there is no proselyting done. Also, that missionaries like myself would just come for the summer, to perform for tourists, etc. There were full-time missionaries as well, mostly senior missionaries, and they would give tours at all the historical sites, etc. They also have the Nauvoo Pageant every year, which is a huge, amazing undertaking. Definitely a cool mission. 🙂 (Tricia)
  • My companions were all very wise and very spiritual. The first from England, the second from Montana and the third from Washington State. They were so kind and loving. Also, being able to meet so many people who wanted to increase their testimonies of Joseph and the Gospel. Especially giving tours to the local schoolchildren. (Marie)
  • If we had not have accepted the call after hearing a plea at General Conference, we would not have been able to go. My husband who is no longer alive got a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s a month from our mission end. (Bonnie)

What was the weather like?

  • The weather varied between snowy, icy, freezing cold, to wiltingly hot and humid, to perfectly lovely in the spring and fall. (Cathi)
  • Very humid! I remember constantly feeling wet, lol. It would seem even hotter than it actually was because of the humidity. But it made for lots of green though, which I loved. (Tricia)
  • Winter was very, very cold and summers were very, very hot. And the Mayflies were horrible. (Marie)
  • We had never lived in such a humid climate! The ice storms, tornado warnings, and extreme heat with humidity was something we will always remember. The extreme cold with humidity during the walk down Parley Street was too cold for humans as well as the animals. (Bonnie)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The beautiful spirit of consecration felt in that hallowed place, and within the hearts of missionaries and members. (Cathi)
  • Nauvoo is such an important chapter in the history of The Church; so much happened there. The fact that I got to walk on the same floors and streets that Joseph Smith did, is just incredible. The spirit in that whole city, particularly old Nauvoo, is beautiful. And the people were so amazing too! One sister, Pat Davis, who organized and directed all of the plays and shows would tell the senior missionaries to ‘act like you’re 19! You’re all 19 at heart!’ And they definitely were! (Tricia)
  • I loved the history and meeting all the visitors who wanted to learn more about The Church through their visit. Everyone was kind and considerate. The people who live in Nauvoo and were not members, were kind and understanding of all the missionaries who wander their streets. (Marie)
  • The spirit of Joseph’s City reaches deep in your heart and you treasure it for your lifetime. The missionaries you serve with become eternal friends! (Bonnie)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Be sure you have a heavy coat for winter and have your dresses made before you come, so the Sisters in the sewing room are not pressured to get your dresses ready so you can start serving. (Marie)
  • If you take your car you need to learn to pack to make the most space possible. Take appropriate clothing for the weather and the type of service you will provide. We found using plastic bags instead of boxes and suitcases gives you much more space. (Bonnie)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Healing, and a happy heart from serving the Lord and others. (Cathi)
  • Definitely felt closer to Heavenly Father and the Savior. I learned a lot about the history of The Church; it helped being right there. (Tricia)
  • My testimony increased so much. I learned so much about the people who lived in Nauvoo in the 1840’s and how strong and resilient they were. I learned that I can live with less. I gained a stronger testimony of faith and enduring to the end. (Marie)
  • It was a wonderful memory to serve with my eternal companion. You never will know how your testimony helps others, but you know that the Lord blesses you and your families at home while you serve. Our health was sustained enough to complete our mission. It was as if you had a protective umbrella over you during your calling. (Bonnie)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned to sing and I learned that I can speak in public without being nervous. I learned that the Lord will assist me in what He wants me to do instead of having to depend on myself for all the answers. I learned I can do anything He wants me to do. I learned He qualifies me for the work. (Marie)
  • We participated in musical productions and had speaking and singing parts. Otherwise we used the skills we had at home and shared them in our callings. We learned pioneer skills like candle making, rope making, etc. (Bonnie)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I think I was prepared in the MTC and in the training I had when I first got to Nauvoo. But, maybe, knowing it would be more enjoyable than I realized in the beginning. I wish I had not been so nervous. (Marie)
  • You can live well without all the stuff we have in our homes! The gospel is simple and simply beautiful. (Bonnie)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Nauvoo?

  • Love is your purpose and your reward. (Cathi)
  • Be ready to learn about the different people who lived there so you can bear testimony of their faith and endurance. Learn the scripts for each site and do not vary from them. Your opinion is not needed only your testimony and the information that has been given about the site. Enjoy your time there. Be prepared to grow spiritually. (Marie)
  • Go with a desire to cooperate and accept any assignments, knowing the way will be prepared before you. The Lord’s Spirit will never be any closer! (Bonnie)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Mine was an English-speaking mission. (Marie)