The Making of the Nauvoo Sunstones

The Making of the Nauvoo Sunstones Like human genealogy, the ancestry of the Nauvoo sunstones is complex and its sources in history are ramified. The sunstones’ character as a religious icon depended much on the universality of its imagery. But its authors also relied on known sources which they hoped would reverberate in the minds of early Latter-day Saints. These sources included ancient European heraldry, New England gravestone carving, Roman sculpture, and Freemasonry. Through narrative and a slide presentation, Whittle will present these various traditions constituting the sunstone’s historical context, the ways in which these sources were blended, a brief discussion of the nature of religious symbolism, and a limited review of early Mormon symbology in general.