By Kent Larsen
Samuel Smith Statue Acceptable to Plymouth, Illinois
PLYMOUTH, ILLINOIS -- The small village of Plymouth, Illinois decided
this week that it will accept a commemorative statue of Samuel Smith,
if offered. A local member of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints proposed that a statue of Smith, the brother of the
Prophet Joseph Smith, be placed in the town, and asked Board of
Trustees member Joyce Steiner to present the proposal.
Steiner's presentation emphasized the potential benefit in tourism
from the statue because of the construction of the Nauvoo Temple,
located about 30 miles northwest of Plymouth. The member wants to put
the statue in Plymouth because Samuel Smith played a prominent role
in the village during the Mormon period, when he operated a "Mormon"
hotel in the village.
After some discussion, the Plymouth Village Board of Trustees agreed
to the proposal by consensus, and directed Steiner to contact the
Church member and indicate that the village had no objection to the
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