Each year the sisters of the Illinois Nauvoo Mission have met on the second floor of the Red Brick Store in commemoration of the organization of the Relief Society. Each year a different program is written as a re-enactment of the events that transpired on March 17, 1842. This has been a highlight of my mission as I have attended the re-enactment twice while here in Nauvoo.
Elder Lamar Taylor from North Ogden, Utah played the part of Joseph Smith. Joseph took a five dollar gold piece from his pocket and gave it to Emm, the newly elected RS President, and stated, "All that I have to give to the poor, I shall give to this society."It is a privilege to be part of this organization that is still in existence 169 years later!
The wagons are unloaded in front of the Red Brick Store. The organization of the RS took place in the upper room of the store. It is a humbling experience to sit in that room knowing all that took place there. Not only was the RS organized there but some of the first endowments took place there also. Joseph Smith's office is on the upper floor. He received some of his revelations there.
There is a fun gift store on the main floor. Lots of fun memorbilia of the early days of Nauvoo. The Red Brick Store is owned and run by the Community of Christ church. Whenever I have been in the store, they have made me feel very welcome.