In the link below, Church historian Robin Jensen, takes one minute to describe how the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon was placed in the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House for permanent safe keeping. There are not many items in the past that are as important as the Book of Mormon Manuscript. Please note how Jensen states that it probably wasn’t the best idea to place the manuscript in a cornerstone of a building at the edge of a river in order to preserve records.
Church History Department VIDEO LINK
CHURCH HISTORY WEBSITE wrote:In October 1841, Joseph placed the original manuscript in the southeast cornerstone of the Nauvoo House, a place appointed by revelation for lodging visitors. More than 40 years later, the manuscript was uncovered, but only 28 percent had not decayed as water had seeped into the building’s stonework.
Joseph Smith Journal wrote: link to original document
The corner stone of the Nauvoo House was laid by President Joseph Smith on the 2nd of October 1841. (At the commencement of the Last General conference of the church in Nauvoo. previous to the finishing of the Temple,) And the following articles were deposited therein by the president.
A. Book of Mormon
A. Revelation given January 19 1841 (Doctrine and Covenants Section 124)
The “Times & Seasons” containing the charter of the Nauvoo House.
Journal of Heber C. Kimball.
The Memorial of Lyman Wight. To the United States’. Senate.
A Book of Doctrine & Covenants.— 1st. Edition.
No. 35. of the Times and Seasons.
The original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon.
The persecution of the Church in the State of Missouri, published in the “Times & Seasons”
The Holy Bible
(cash & coins)
Jospeh Smith Papers wrote:Ebenezer Robinson reported that the objects placed in the cornerstone were “encased in sheet lead to protect the contents from moisture.”
QUESTION: Who told Joseph Smith to place The original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon and other sacred items in the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House and why?